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  • 2019 United Way's fall fundraising campaigns
    Updated On: Nov 14, 2019

    Making a Difference in Your Community

    The Canadian Labour movement and the United Way have enjoyed a lasting partnership that spans more than 40 years. And this year, Local 258 IBEW member Brother Mark Davison has returned as a Campaign Associate to help raise funds to continue our support of the United Way across BC.

    As the annual fall fundraising campaign season gets underway, please consider making your donation to the United Way – and remember, all donations stay in your local community (assigned by your postal code).

    For Local 258 IBEW members working at BC Hydro, your 2019 workplace campaign starts on October 9th and runs through to November 8th, and giving is easy through payroll deductions:

    • Your gift can be divided up over up to 24 pay periods (i.e. $240 = $10/chq)
    • You can donate from your overtime and annual vacation bank
    • You can make your gift online or by hardcopy pledge form
    • You can designate your donation to any Canadian charity and the $16 United Way designation fee will be covered by BC Hydro

    The United Way sees the bigger picture, and then helps where it’s needed most. They do their homework, bring great minds to the table, invest for maximum impact and speak up for what’s right.

    They partner with donors, social service agencies, unions, governments and universities to make their collective impact even greater. 

    They make smart community investments that get results. For every $1 invested today in poverty prevention and alleviation, $6 is saved in future costs to our health care, social services and criminal justice systems.

    They help people understand the root causes of vulnerability.


    Fundraising and Administrative Costs:

    • United Way’s combined fundraising and administrative costs (that are fully disclosed in their annual reports) are between 14-16%. That means that, on average, 85 cents of every dollar go to help those most in need.  Our costs are well below the Canadian average of 25%.
    • Part of this cost is the United Way Advantage; because of our research we can pinpoint the causal problems and bring agency partners and our programs together in a focused response.
    • Learn more at www.uwlm.ca/accountability

    If you would like to be involved with a campaign in your workplace, or are interested in learning more about the United Way campaign in your community, please read more information and visit the links below.


    For members in Units 1 & 2:

    United Way of Northern British Columbia www.unitedwaynbc.ca

    Read about the impact the United Way has in northern BC communities.

    You can make your donation online at: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/15068


    For members in Unit 3:

    United Way East Kootenays www.ourunitedway.ca

    United Way Thompson Nicola Cariboo www.unitedwaytnc.ca

    United Way of Southern Interior BC unitedwaysibc.com

    United Way Trail and District http://uwtraildistrict.org

    Read about the impact the United Way has in Unit 3 communities:

    East Kootenays

    You can make your donation online at: http://www.ourunitedway.ca/give/

    West Kootenays

    You can make your donation online at: https://give.unitedway.ca/donate/WTRAIL

    Southern Interior

    You can make your donation online at: https://unitedwaysibc.com/donate/


    For members in Unit 4:

    United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island www.uwcnvi.ca.

    You can make your donation online at: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/united-way-central-northern-vancouver-island/#donate-now-pane

    United Way Greater Victoria www.uwgv.ca

    You can make your donation online at: https://uwgv.ca/donate/

    Read about the impact the United Way has in communities on Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast.


    For members in Unit 5 & 6:

    United Way of the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley www.uwlm.ca.

    United Way Powell River & District www.unitedwayofpowellriver.ca

    Read about the impact the United Way has in communities in the Lower Mainland and in the Fraser Valley, and on the Sunshine Coast.

    You can make your donation online at: https://www.uwlm.ca/donate


    United Way Impact - Northern BC

    • Efforts positively affect the lives of 1 in 3 individuals in Northern BC;

    • In 2018, the United Way of Northern BC addressed the root causes of social issues through 157 agencies, 211 funded programs in 22 communities, 5 Regional Districts and 86 Aboriginal Communities, including:
    • Burns Lake
    • Chetwynd
    • Dawson Creek
    • Fort Nelson
    • Fort St. James
    • Fort St. John
    • Fraser Lake
    • Haida Gwaii
    • Hazelton
    • Hudsons Hope
    • Houston
    • Kitimat
    • Mackenzie
    • Prince George
    • Prince Rupert
    • Quesnel
    • Robson Valley
    • Smithers
    • Taylor
    • Terrace
    • Tumbler Ridge
    • Vanderhoof

    From Poverty to Possibility: “I live alone in an apartment building and have no family in town as my sons moved away. I am living on a fixed income and have to be very careful where I spend my money on food etc. I look forward to senior connected events and social time as this gives me opportunities to get out of my apartment and socialize with other seniors.  I look forward to the Christmas party as I don’t get a Christmas dinner unless I get invited out for dinner.”

    Healthy People, Strong Communities: “Friday walking group has been so good for me since my recent heart problems.  I look forward to walking at the recreation centre each week and having the community paramedic there too is great.  He records my vitals and I don’t have to see my doctor so often.”

    All That Kids Can Be: “The school program helped me in many ways including offering something slower to start so I didn’t get overwhelmed, it also made it much easier that I could go at my own pace and I wasn’t pressured by due dates and so forth.  I was also able to make quite a few friends within the program even though I was very shy in the start.”

    To learn more visit: http://www.unitedwaynbc.ca/how-we-help/our-impact/


    United Way Impact - Vancouver Island - Sunshine Coast

    United Way Greater Victoria

    • $3,681,300 invested in the community
    • 109 programs, 86 agencies, 80,551 lives changed
    • 12,848 Seniors accessed programs
    • 7,571 Children and youth took part in mentoring and support programs

    United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island

    • 52,177 people being helped
    • 10 effective coalitions / networks convened
    • 4 research reports conducted
    • 90 service agencies supported
    • 116 programs funded

    United Way Powell River and District

    • $106,000 invested in All That Kids Can Be
    • $62,000 invested in Healthy People, Strong Communities
    • $18,000 invested in Poverty to Possibility

    Impact Story:

    As a single dad, Ken experienced some tough times until a United Way-funded food program helped him. “The recession hit and I was laid off. At the end of the month I would think: ‘I’ve paid the babysitting costs. I’ve paid the rent. Now how do I feed and clothe these kids?’ I didn’t have any money for groceries. I never understood what the phrase ‘the working poor’ meant until being placed in that situation.” Once things turned around for Ken, he remembered the United Way red logo and felt the need to give back. Donations come off his pay cheque on a weekly basis.

    To learn more visit:

    United Way Greater Victoria: https://uwgv.ca/

    United Way Powell River: http://www.unitedwayofpowellriver.ca/

    United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island: http://uwcnvi.ca/index.php


    United Way Impact - West Kootenays

    United Way Trail and District Focus

    • All That Kids Can Be
    • From Poverty to Possibility
    • Healthy People, Strong Communities

    Partner Agencies:

    • Canadian Red Cross (Trail HELP)
    • Getting to Home Program (CDS)
    • Trail Youth Centre
    • KB Dental Access Fund
    • Rossland Firefighter Christmas Fund
    • Scouts Camp Tweedsmuir
    • WK Take A Hike Foundation
    • United Church Food Bank
    • Kootenay Brain Injury
    • Special Olympics – Trail
    • Friends of Friends Clubhouse
    • Navy League – Trail Sea Cadets

    What’s New!

    Beaver Valley Hamper Fund

    The United Way of Trail and District is recruiting volunteers for their first Community Initiative Program, which will be for the Beaver Valley and Area. Dedicated volunteers will help fundraiser, gather supplies, review applications and assemble Christmas Hampers for residents in need throughout the Beaver Valley Area.

    Impact Story:

    "More than just getting kids outside, it's about getting back on track."

    Life was rough. I felt scared to go to school. I was picked on because I was poor and didn’t learn as quickly as others. I started using drugs to escape and stopped going to school because I was bullied, physically and emotionally. I became angry at everything, with suicidal thoughts. Life had no meaning.

    When I joined Take a Hike it didn’t take me long to figure out that this program was about more than just getting kids outside. For me, it was about getting back on track. Without the support from my friends and Take a Hike, I would not be the confident girl I am today. I would still be sitting at home in a dark room, playing video games, and hating the world. My future looks brighter than I ever imagined a year ago.

    — Decca, Student @WKTakeAHike

    To learn more visit:  United Way Trail and District:  http://uwtraildistrict.org/


    United Way Impact - East Kootenays

    United Way East Kootenay

    • $47,050 was invested in 12 community services and programs in 2018
    • Positively affects the lives of 1 in 3 East Kootenay residents

    Community organizations and programs that currently benefit from United Way investments:

    Cranbrook Kimberley Hospice Society 

    Cranbrook Boys and Girls Club

    Interior Health 

    The Salvation Army School Lunch Program

    Spark Youth Centre 

    Summit Youth Centre 

    Lee Spark Youth Drop In Centre

    Windermere Valley Youth Centre Society

    Community Connections Society of Southeast BC – Bellies To Bellies To Babies program and Women’s Resource Centre

    Options for Sexual Health BC, East Kootenay

    Cranbrook Society for Community Living

    Cranbrook Daybreak Program for Seniors

    Dr. F.W. Green Memorial Home for Seniors

    Impact Story

     “Jane” came to our office from a transition centre. She was a mother whose children were in care with a significant amount of Ministry and Children and Family Development (MCFD) involvement. In addition, she was pregnant — pregnant and using drugs. She needed an abstinence-based program, safe housing and intensive supports. She got all of this at our office. We worked with Jane and MCFD so visits with her children could be arranged and she could still attend programs, giving her the opportunity to work on herself — to get healthy and remain committed to her recovery. She successfully completed the program while attending regular trauma therapy sessions to help her heal from her past. This was key in assisting her to move forward. Success is not achieved without hard work — and Jane has done the hard work. Jane is now living in safe housing within our community and has sole custody of all her children — a family in our community has been reunited. United Way's investment in Jane gave her the opportunity to change her life and to build upon these changes so she could move forward with hope and optimism for herself and her children.

    To learn more visit United Way East Kootenay: http://www.ourunitedway.ca/home/cv/


    United Way Impact - Southern Interior

    United Way SIBC serves 32 communities in the Okanagan, Columbia, Shuswap and Similkameen region, including Revelstoke and Golden in the North, to Osoyoos and Princeton in the South. Each year, over 85,000 residents in this region benefit directly from United Way initiatives, which focus on supporting kids, moving people from poverty to possibility and building strong, healthy communities.

    North Okanagan, Columbia, Shuswap

    • $635,000 Invested Locally
    • 25,645 Lives Changed
    • 23 Local Charities Funded

    South Okanagan / Similkameen

    • $473,821 Invested Locally
    • 18,600 Lives Changed
    • 17 Local Charities Funded

    Central Okanagan

    • $948,023 Invested Locally
    • 41,400 Lives Changed
    • 33 Local Charities Funded

    Impact Story

    Kate first became involved with the Enderby Resource Centre in the summer of 2016, while she was pregnant. She was looking for a pregnancy/baby program and first connected with the Family Place program in July and August. The facilitator connected her with the Healthiest Babies coordinator. She also invited Kate to stay for lunch provided by the United Way sponsored Healthy Eating for Life Program - H.E.L.P. and she met the other moms in the programs. Just a few months later, while still pregnant, Kate stepped out of her comfort zone to take on leading about 25 volunteers as the volunteer coordinator for the 'Santa's Workshop' program.

    What Kate really appreciated about the Family Place was "the lunch - it is so great to have such an enjoyable lunch there, and to not have to go home to prepare it that one day a week." She's learned much from the Coffee Talk sessions, for example yoga, which she now practices at home. She enjoys the variety of the sessions, from some serious learning helps to the fun craft days. Kate also appreciates the little break it provides with other adults, while the little ones are babysat upstairs. Babysitting is also provided at Family Place for her counseling sessions.

    Kate has continued as the volunteer coordinator for Santa's workshop, including organizing Christmas cookie bake and takes. Kate also provided a lesson on stress management at a Family Place Coffee Talk. 

    Kate has been able to get connected and receive ongoing support at Family Place, and she is giving back. Many thanks to United Way for providing funding to keep the hot lunches coming!!

    To learn more visit: United Way Southern Interior BC: http://unitedwaysibc.com 


    United Way Impact - Lower Mainland

    $34.2 Million was invested in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley for kids, seniors and communities.  Over 446,000 lives where changed, almost 390,000 meals were served and over 3000 workshops were offered.

    79% of parents say out-of-school programs have benefitted their child’s performance in school.

    75% of those who participate in community –based senior programs say they find companionship there.

    There is still so much more that can be done.

    Impact Story

    At age 13, David was addicted to methamphetamine. Not because he was forced or pressured by his peers, but because he said he had no structure in his life. He had nowhere to go when the school bell rang at the end of the day. 

    Fortunately, David’s mom enrolled him in a United Way after-school program that turned his life around. The right connection changed everything. But not all Davids find their way into the right program, at precisely the right time. There are kids like David in our own communities, today.  And people don’t live in programs – they live in neighbourhoods.

    Imagine you are like 13-year old David, ambling home after dark, tonight. What if you knew that for every glowing kitchen light you passed on your block, there was someone that cared about you? What if your entire community had a stake in your success? That’s local love. No one knows a neighbourhood better than the people that live there. That’s why, with your help, we’re bringing together local residents, businesses and other partners to design truly home-grown solutions to diverse issues facing our communities. When residents play a central role in local projects, community impacts are stronger and support far more people than one program alone. 

    You’re making a difference for Abbotsford youth:

    My son started to get involved in gangs. He continued to sneak out and would get into fights. To get him out of these circumstances, “In It Together” helped me out the most. If “In It Together” hadn’t been there, I might have given up. Now I am seeing positive changes in him such as increased respect and lowered aggression. He’s also trying hard to connect to his younger brother and me. There is a good possibility that had this program not have been there for him, my son would not be alive today.  - Mother of a Client

    To learn more visit: United Way of the Lower Mainland: http://uwlm.ca

    You can make your donation online at: https://www.uwlm.ca/donate


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