Workplaces that run an annual United Way campaign are vital to our ongoing success. Thanks to our dedicated campaign cabinet, leaders committee, loaned representatives and thousands of workplace volunteers donating their time to help enhance our fundraising efforts, we remain one of the most effective charities in our region.
This, in turn, allows us to make an even bigger impact in the community. Workplace campaigns and volunteerism can also lead to great benefits for you, the employer—including more engaged employees and an enhanced corporate image. For more information or to start your workplace campaign, please call 250-385-6708 and speak with Hazel Braithwaite, our Director of Community Campaign. Our campaign toolkit is another great place to connect to the movement.
United Way is committed to identifying and addressing social issues and bringing about change. As a year-round fundraiser and a community funder, our mission is to improve lives and build a strong and caring community.
We aim to address the immediate and emerging needs of the community on an annual basis, while creating long-term strategies to target the root causes of social issues.
Since it takes everyone working together to change social conditions. We unite community partners, volunteers, donors, business, labour and government in a common cause of caring.
Thanks to the generosity of over 10,700 donors, 300 workplaces and hundreds of volunteers, United Way funds a strong and stable network of programs and services that help vulnerable people reach their full potential.
We invest in three priority areas:
- All that kids can be – supporting kids and youth with resources to grow up healthy and transition into adulthood
- From poverty to possibility – building individuals’ financial stability and independence through access to healthy food, affordable housing and employment
- Strong communities – developing the capacity of people to care for themselves and families by creating opportunities and places for social interaction
We research the root causes of social problems such as poverty, homelessness, family violence and social isolation, identify gaps, invest in solutions, evaluate our progress and report back to our donors.
We use our size and reputation to multiply our impact in the community, maximize our donors’ dollars through partnerships and mobilize and advocate for change.
United Way works to make a measurable difference in communities from Victoria to Sooke to Sidney and the southern Gulf Islands.
As the largest non-government funder in the region, United Way has invested over $155 million to build a strong and caring community since 1937.