Local giving, local results: Tri-Cities

Family celebrating the launch of Avenues of Change program in the Coquitlam River neighbourhood.

United Way strives to make the Lower Mainland a place where everyone can access opportunity and reach their full potential, no matter where they live or where they’re from. In the Tri-Cities (Anmore, Belcarra, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody), United Way invested $2.0 million dollars in 2016 to support 60 programs and 42 agencies. Together, we work with local agency partners to fund programs that go beyond crisis intervention and get to the root cause and prevent problems before they start. The programs and services United Way fund are only part of the picture of how we work in the community. United Way is also actively involved in social planning, community development, research, advocacy and engagement at the neighbourhood level. In the Tri-Cities, Community Investment Planner Dorla Tune is the face of United Way. Here are a few of the 60 different programs that help kids, families and seniors thrive in the Tri-Cities:

  • Sasamat Outdoor Centre United in Change funding
  • Kateselem After School Program
  • United Way Schools Out Maillardville Community After-School Program
  • United Way School’s Out SUCCESS Program
  • Share Family & Community Services Society United in Change funding
  • Westcoast Family Centres Society Success by 6 and Avenues of Change
  • New View Society United in Change funding
  • United Way Avenues of Change initiative that helps young children get the best start in life in the Coquitlam River Neighbourhood.

  United Way of the Lower Mainland published a comprehensive community profile of the Tri-Cities in 2016. United Way of the Lower Mainland Tri-Cities Community Profile, breaks down population, economic and social statistics in the three cities and two villages that comprise the Tri-Cities: Anmore, Belcarra, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody. United Way’s Tri-Cities Community Profile profile shows that the Tri-Cities experienced 56% growth between 1991 and 2011. The population is expected to more than double again from 2011 to 2041, growing from 218,509 in 2011 to a projected population of 364,400 by 2041. Anmore is growing at the fastest rate of all municipalities in the Tri-Cities with a 182% growth rate between 1991 and 2011 followed by Port Moody with an 86% growth rate during the same period.

Success in the Tri-Cities: Learning to read

Nabila, a mother of four moved to Canada from Afghanistan 12 years ago. “It was heartbreaking to leave behind my family,” says Nabila, “but the war, all the killings, no access to food, it just became too much to deal with.” Like many refugees, Nabila struggled to adjust to life in a new country until she found the United Way funded New Beginnings program. The program provides a supportive environment for refugee parents and their children to learn and play; to share their parenting skills and knowledge; to develop friendships, and to connect with community resources. Connecting with community resources was critical in Nabila’s case–she was illiterate and relied on her eldest daughter, who was in Grade 2, to help her siblings with their homework. Today, thanks to your generous support, Nabila is able to read. She can better navigate her community and help her children with their homework so they can grow up to be all that they can be.