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Registered Charity: BN108160185 RR 0001

Top photo credit: IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation

Second photo credit: Mustafa Khayat
Third photo credit: Photo Unit
Fourth photo credit: European Commision DG Echo


1600 Syrian government assisted refugees have now settled in the Lower Mainland. 60% are under the age of 18. 

Help us raise $500,000 to lift these families out of despair and offer hope for a new year and a new life. Together, we can welcome them to the place we are so proud to call home, help them become accustomed to a new language and culture, and ensure their children get the best start in life.

Make a donation today.

A donation from you today will help refugees of the Syrian crisis build a better life. Their children will have the opportunity to reach their potential, and with your support, their families and our families will thrive together. 

United. We are community.


How we are helping Syrian refugees.

United Way supports community agencies offering programs directly focused on getting refugees settled, helping them learn a new language and finding work. We invest in these organizations so they have the ability – the staff and the knowledge  –  to help when it’s needed most.

  • Canadian Red Cross
  • Immigrant Services Society
  • Burnaby Multicultural Society
  • DIVERSEcity
  • Richmond Multicultural Concerns Society
  • Pacific Immigrant Resources Society
  • Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC

Funds raised through this appeal
As a result of this fundraising appeal, United Way is investing in two mental health and trauma support programs that will be available to Syrian refugees later this spring as well as a drop-in program for young Syrian children through Diversecity's Early Years Refugee Program.

Start your own United for Refugees campaign.

Organize your own fundraising initiative. Here are a few ways you can inspire your friends, family and colleagues to help United for Refugees:

- Host a dinner or holiday party
- Organize a sporting event or team challenge
- Donate your birthday and instead of accepting gifts, collect donations


Total funds allocated to this appeal to date.


Your help is a lifeline to families in need.

How you can help refugee families.



Help Syrian refugee families settle in the Lower Mainland.

Millions of Syrian refugees are experiencing the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today. We are doing everything we can to help them settle here in their new home. But we need your help to succeed.