In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic. Since then, COVID-19 has had an unprecedented effect across our communities.
United Way British Columbia has been working to address the most pressing needs, supporting our network in new and caring ways, and ensuring everyone in our communities gets the help they need.
We are seeing neighbours helping neighbours. Volunteers stepping up.
Everyone has an important role to play.
We will get through this together.
We know that many people could not, and cannot, afford to adequately prepare for how COVID-19 affected their families.
Many do not have adequate support, should they need to self-isolate. Those who already face barriers – like poverty, homelessness, and social isolation – need even more help.
We listen to and work closely with our community partners to identify areas of urgent need and co-create impactful and timely solutions.
Crisis is not unfamiliar to us.
United Way British Columbia has responded to many urgent and pressing challenges throughout our 90-year history and we have always been there for each other.
While COVID-19 impacted us all tremendously, we are tackling the pandemic with a familiar approach: by mobilizing everyday citizens to build collaborative solutions and create life-saving connections in the communities we all love and call home.
Addressing the urgent need for food
Our friends and neighbours are in crisis due to COVID-19. In communities across our province, more and more people are at risk of hunger.
With mass layoffs and underemployment, many individuals and families are struggling to make ends meet – leaving kitchen shelves bare. The agencies who serve them and that we support are reaching a critical breaking point.
- 98% of our non-profit community partners have seen an increased demand for food;
- 92% have identified food security as a top issue;
- 72% of these agencies cannot meet current needs.