United Way Greater Victoria serves the communities of southern Vancouver Island and the southern Gulf Islands that are located in the traditional, unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples including; the Lək̓ʷəŋən (Songhees) and Xwsepsum (Esquimalt) Nations here in the core area, the W̱SÁNEĆ Nations (W̱JOȽEȽP (Tsartlip), BOḰEĆEN (Pauquachin), SȾÁUTW̱(Tsawout), and W̱SIKEM (Tseycum)) and Pune’laxutth’ (Penelekut) out on the Saanich Peninsula and Gulf Islands, and to the west the Sc’ianew (Beecher Bay), T’Sou-ke, Pacheedaht, and MÁLEXEȽ (Malahat) Nations. We respectfully acknowledge that we live, work, and play within these traditional territories.
All that kids can be.
Every kid deserves a chance to have a great life—to develop from a curious, happy child to a healthy and productive member of society. But in order for that to happen, kids need to be set up for success from an early age. And for those growing up in poverty, witnessing domestic violence, or facing issues like mental illness or neglect, this is often not the case.
That’s why United Way invests in early-years and mental health supports to build self-esteem and overcome bullying for kids, and education and employment opportunities that help youth successfully transition to adulthood. By investing in their lives—from early childhood to young adulthood—we ensure kids in Greater Victoria have everything they need to thrive today, and in the future.
United Way invested $947,000 in 2018/19 within 31 programs to provide children and youth with the resources and opportunities they need to grow up healthy and achieve success.
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A place to find comfort
When Nuhaa’s family first moved to Canada, it was a difficult adjustment. But a United Way program made it easier.
“I was born in Syria, but when I was four, my family had to leave because it was too dangerous there. So we went to Jordan. I liked it there because my grandparents and aunts and uncles would spend summers with us. When I was eight, we moved to Canada because my parents thought…”