Are you passionate about Greater Victoria? Do you want to create meaningful change in the lives of individuals and families within our community? We’re an organization that tackles the complex social issues and trends that confront us all. Getting involved with us is easy—and very rewarding, knowing that you’re doing your part in building a better region for everyone. In fact, you’ll be joining hundreds of other volunteers (and even more donors) who feel the same way.

United Now Council

United Way began UnitedNow! to raise awareness and develop understanding of key issues that impact individuals and families living throughout the Capital Regional District. UnitedNow! provides opportunities for young people in their 20’s and 30’s to volunteer, become more engaged in the local community, while meeting new people, having fun, and working together to make positive change.

Getting involved in UnitedNow! allows people to contribute their ideas, skills and energy to support local non-profit agencies on special projects that would not otherwise take place.  Participants become aware of key community issues and learn about the important services provided by the United Way and other local non-profit organizations.

Whether it’s one person or ten; an employee team building event or a just chance to hang out with friends; whether it’s one hour or one Saturday – being a part of UnitedNow! is being a part of building a stronger and healthier community for everyone. Contact or George Colussi, Interim Community Impact Associate at 250-385-6708 for details about how to join.

2016 UnitedNOW! Members

Ashley Forseille

Erin Cloverdale

Mikaila Almond

Bhupinder Dulku

Ashley Wang

Claire Cathro

Ashley Thomas

Anita Weng

Ashley Wang

Carli Swift


Youth Now Council

The United Way Youth Now Council exists to promote leadership, volunteerism and philanthropy among youth aged 15 to 19. Youth Now members make funding recommendations for disbursement of Youth Initiative Funds to youth groups across the three impact areas; plan the annual Youth Now Awards program as well as conferences and other opportunities for capacity building and learning for youth; and connect with other youth councils throughout the region.

Youth Now Council members meet once per month and welcome new volunteers to join at any point in the year. Contact or George Colussi, Interim Community Impact Associate at 250-385-6708 for details about how to join.

2015 Members

  • Adam Walton
  • Chris Holland
  • Harpreet Bhela
  • Jenna Ren
  • Anita Weng
  • Danya Fitzgerald
  • Joanna (Jo Jo) Zhou

Youth in Action

In 2012, United Way and Coast Capital Savings partnered to create a multi-year youth engagement initiative that will result in positive change for two neighbourhoods in Greater Victoria. The Youth in Action initiative empowers youth aged 15 to 24 who live, learn, work or play around the geographic centres of Hillside-Quadra and Esquimalt to help create and develop neighbourhood-enhancing projects that are ‘for youth and by youth’.

This neighbourhood investment is part of a larger strategy adopted by United Way that works to strengthen community connections and increase the capacity of neighbourhoods to develop local and innovative solutions to issues affecting their community.

In order to keep this initiative’s momentum over the summer months the youth were offered summer internships based on approved proposals.  If they were interested in exploring one of the priority areas identified through their team work and the community consultations, they could create a research document, develop art or even plan and deliver an event.  Three summer internships projects were completed by four of the youth, each receiving a special honorarium.


Wanted to understand more about the Esquimalt Trackside gallery and what could be done to create public art that would be meaningful as well as sustainable.  Through conversations with community members, artists and local art societies she reached a conclusion about the feasibility of the existing public art wall and provided insights into what would be needed to support a sustainable outdoor art project. To view her project, click here.


Explored through her own painting, the vision of a youth space where they would be provided with an opportunity to grow in meaningful ways.  Through consultation with her peers and exploration of existing community services, she designed a space that would be managed by youth, giving a sense of belonging and encouraging peer mentoring.  The space is described in her report and a photo of her art is also in the document, with the original hanging proudly in the United Way offices. To view her report, click here.

Kelsey and Isaac

Created a unique cookbook that is all about building a sense of belonging and hospitality.  Their booklet provides insights gathered from local community members to support any initiatives that include food including food safety, customer service and food sales.  Their hope is that each recipe will provide ideas on how food can support community development. To view the cookbook, click here.



  • Aidan Cunningham
  • Eva Grant
  • Julia Young
  • Kika Mueller
  • Meagan Petersen
  • Sam Larente
  • Tallis Messenger Ford

Hillside Quadra

  • Fairahn Reid
  • Isaac Dahl-Bates
  • Isabelle Hurley
  • Kalen Wheeler
  • Kelsey Griffin
  • Mohammed Rashead
  • Sarah Graham
  • Sarah Khan
  • Tamara Mitrofanova

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