Creating Local Impact
Throughout the United Way BC Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley region, we continued our work in community building and supporting local kids, youth, families, seniors, and individuals in need.
We brought together over 3,000 resident volunteers via our Hi Neighbour Initiative to keep neighbourhoods connected and thriving through local events and activities, both in-person and virtually, to help combat isolation and pandemic fatigue.
We supported the Stigma-Free Society to develop the Create Hope Together – School’s Out online toolkit, which serves as hub of resources, videos, activities, and information about mental health. Over 3,500 kids across the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley made use of these online mental health supports.
We helped distribute 123,720 child-sized masks to our United Way School’s Out partners, Food Banks, newcomer and refugee service agencies, and school districts across the region.
We redistributed 2,658,642 pounds of food from restaurants, grocery stores, and agricultural organizations with the help of seven food recovery organizations in the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, and Sea to Sky Corridor. Over 3,200 volunteers sorted produce, packed hampers, and made meals in community kitchens, which were then transported and delivered to individuals isolating at home.
Jumping in on the ground when devastating floods impacted the Fraser Valley, our local Community Builders were quickly able to identify and respond to gaps and unmet needs. They helped source food, equipment and necessary supplies, advocated for the rights of migrant farm workers, and worked closely with the Skwah First Nation to ensure that basic needs could be met.