Hi Neighbour

Be a catalyst for community connection. Connect with your neighbours and build stronger, safer, more inclusive communities for everyone.

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When we create, share and work together, the fabric of a community strengthens and becomes more vibrant and inclusive. 

United Way’s Hi Neighbour and Urgent Response Initiatives support talented, passionate people, just like you, who want to create opportunities that bring neighbourhoods together. We help you make a difference in your community in ways that matter most to you.

See how United Way British Columbia is helping people spark positive change in their neighbourhoods.

Connecting neighbours with neighbours to

  • curb social isolation and loneliness
  • make neighbourhoods safer
  • create healthier communities

You can do it, too!

Our Local Love Microgrants up to $1,000 can help make it happen.

It can be as simple as saying hello to someone on the street. Or as welcoming as holding an afternoon tea for newcomers, throwing a block party to support neighbours recovering from natural disasters, or building a community garden. We call these acts of local love!

Get ideas from some of the exciting projects other community members have created to help make their neighbourhoods more caring, healthy and inclusive.

Community Cupboards & Little Pantries

Community Cupboards and Little Pantries are places where neighbours can take what they need for today – food and other basics – and leave what they can for tomorrow.

Hi Neighbour - Afghan Tea Social

Afghan Tea Social

Edmonds community member, Friba, wanted to welcome newcomers from Afghanistan, so she applied for Local Love funds to create the Afghan Women’s Tea Social.

Hi Neighbour - Clayton StoryWalk

Clayton StoryWalk

Enjoy reading and the great outdoors? A StoryWalk is an innovative and delightful way for children and adults to explore both!

Hi Neighbour - Kwantlen First Nations Powwow

stɑl̓əw̓ Pow Wow

The stɑl ̓əw̓ Arts and Cultural Society of the Kwantlen First Nation included United Way in their first Pow Wow.

Apply for a Local Love Microgrant Today

Get up to $1,000 to make your idea happen. It just takes ten minutes.

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Want to volunteer, get involved, or have an idea you’d like to share?

There are currently no Hi Neighbour communities in this region.

United Way British Columbia has been privileged to engage with Indigenous groups across the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley and Interior of British Columbia as we seek to build strong, healthy, inclusive communities together.

The focus has been to sit, learn, and listen to each of these unique communities and to then introduce and outline areas that United Way can support when building community-led programs.

United Way is committed to Indigenous-lead engagement that builds long-term relationships with various Indigenous groups across the province. United Way BC continues to learn from our Indigenous partners about how we can respectfully support Truth and Reconciliation.

There are currently no Hi Neighbour communities in this region.

There are currently no Hi Neighbour communities in this region.