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Building communityWe’re lucky to live here. But we need to look after each other. When you give directly to United Way of the Lower Mainland, you are helping build strong communities, communities where people feel connected and supported. We help seniors live independently; fund bc211, a free telephone helpline; and support communities to develop public policy that promotes positive change and pushes improvements forward.


Many residents of the Lower Mainland lack access to vital programs and services.
Neighbourhoods need to be revitalized and strengthened.


With your support, we can empower individuals and promote well-being through a variety  of community services, ensuring that people have access to opportunities to thrive, regardless of where they live.

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We enable vital social services that improve people’s lives, and we address city-wide issues, strengthening the communities in need of support.

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


In a year:
  • We supported almost 100 agencies focused on building strong communities.
  • Nearly 64,000 seniors across the province accessed resources and services allowing them to stay connected to their communities. This includes more than 6,000 seniors who are enrolled in the Better at Home program.
  • bc211 connected 54,000 British Columbians with the help that they needed across a broad spectrum of social and health issues. In 2016-2017, United Ways in BC are working to expand the help service across the province.
  • We updated the Metro Vancouver Family & Friend Caregivers Information and Resources Handbook. This handbook supplies information about topics seniors’ caregivers struggle with most including housing, health care and the law. 10,000 copies were printed last year.


Finding home

In Canada, nearly 20% of seniors say they feel lonely. Loneliness can be dangerous to a senior’s health and even more pronounced for seventy-eight-year-old Shi who lives in the heart of the Downtown Eastside in a low-rent housing facility for seniors, but struggles to access the resources she needs because she speaks only Mandarin.

Read how Shi is connecting with her community thanks to United Way supported programs

Shi and Mary reading