Poverty to Possibility

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Improving lives When you give directly to United Way, you are helping people get the food they need. Not only that, you are helping them learn how to find or grow healthy, affordable food and learn about good nutrition. Poverty is a complicated issue – but if you can make sure that people have the basics, then they have the chance to focus on other things and plan to make a better life for themselves.


Poverty continues to deprive too many people of the basics in life and from contributing to the Lower Mainland’s well-being.


To support people living in poverty with services that provide opportunities to build a better life.


We improve access to critical social services that support people’s basic needs: food, shelter and knowledge about how to take care of these needs. We also go beyond treating the symptoms of poverty, by researching and addressing its underlying causes.

When you give directly to United Way of the Lower Mainland, you are:


In a year:
  • We invested in 22 agencies focused on helping people where they need it most.
  • More than 500,000 British Columbians are living below the poverty line. That’s over 20% of our population. One in five children live below the poverty line. (2013 Stats Canada Low Income Measure after tax)
  • More than 1.5 million nutritious meals and snacks were served to vulnerable people across the Lower Mainland.


Opening doors

1 in 5 children in BC live in poverty. Ensuring children and families move from poverty to possibility means providing supports for basic needs, but also helping kids get the best start in life and supporting them as they go through elementary and high school with programs like the African Children’s Homework Club.

Read how Joel and his family are getting help through the United Way funded African Children’s Homework Club.

Josiah and Joel at their homework club