A community is only as strong as the sum of its parts, and strong, supportive, and inclusive communities are vital to a thriving region. But in too many neighbourhoods across Greater Victoria, local residents are dealing with complex issues that prevent them from building a good life.
For people living on a low income, or those facing critical social issues like domestic violence, social exclusion, mental health challenges, and intergenerational trauma, opportunities to build a good life aren’t equally available. And we want to change that.
Because poverty is clustered in certain neighbourhoods, United Way is building a foundation for strong communities by investing in services and supports that strengthen and connect all residents. To address these complex issues, United Way invests in vital, community-based resources that help change lives. Together, we’re creating strong neighbourhoods where everyone has a sense of belonging.
United Way invested $901,280 in 2018/19 within 33 programs to improve the quality of life for individuals and families facing challenges of isolation, addictions and personal crisis.
Did You Know?
“I no longer feel like a burden on society.”
When AJ was nine or 10, he was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). That led to anxiety and depression.
Growing up, he was in the gifted program at school, but was getting into shouting matches with his teachers. By the time he was in grade 10, he had dropped out.