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United Way campaign

UVic has been a strong supporter of United Way Southern Vancouver Island (UWSVI) since 1994. United Way is a nation-wide network of local agencies whose primary mission is to raise funds to aid community-based agencies dealing with mental health and addictions, supporting families in need and isolated seniors, and equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI).

Since 1994, UVic workplace campaigns have raised over $5.5 million. UWGV funds 184 programs, improving the lives of 125,000 people in our local region.

UVic campaign goals

The campaign committee is motivated to involve more UVic faculty, staff, students, alumni and retirees. During our campaign from October 2022 to March 2023, look for the return of signature events like the Plasma Car Races, as well as some new ones. Please let us know if you’d like to get involved!

Our goals for the 2022-23 campaign

  • raise $230,000 from employee payroll donations and event donations
  • increase our donor pool by 50 new donors
  • increase leadership donations

Donate to the United Way

Show your support for United Way at a level that’s meaningful for you. Donations don’t need to be much—even small amounts add up over time. A payroll donation (twice a month) of $5 can give:

  • 12 children have hot lunches at school for the semester
  • 2 youths a place to stay for the night
  • therapy sessions to 15 people with dementia

To learn more about the impact of your donation, please visit UWGV’s Impact Calculator.

You can join the payroll donation program or make a one-time donation. Both types of donations can be made through the United Way e-pledge system

A UVic employee wearing a red United Way hoodie holds a jar containing raffle tickets.

Make a payroll donation

As a UVic employee, you can make regular donations through our payroll program. This is a bi-weekly donation that comes out of your paycheque automatically. Payroll donations help provide United Way with stability, and form the backbone of their funding.

Already a payroll donor?

If you donated by payroll deduction last year, your donation will continue. You will receive an email thanking you for your contribution and confirming that your deductions will continue. The email will also provide information about how to change or cancel your payroll deduction.

Make a one-time donation

Giving a one-time donation is a great way to give back to those in need. UVic employees, students and retirees can make one-time donations via credit card any time.

Upcoming events

From annual favourites like the plasma car races and the UVic Artisans Market, to new events for this year, there are lots of ways to get involved in UVic's United Way campaign.


United Way launches 2022-2023 campaign

UVic’s campaign to support United Way Southern Vancouver Island (SVI) launches this month. UVic campus community is invited to give generously through payroll deduction and by attending various...

United Way campaign kicks off

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Areas of action

Mental health and addictions

Mental health services are in demand especially with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

United Way’s Blue Love Campaign will address the gap in Mental Health supports:

  • increase the amount of counselling by 16,000 hours
  • support up to 15,000 adults, families, children or youth facing mental health challenges
  • hire 15 outreach/peer support workers or counsellors

The effects of the pandemic have placed vulnerable families in an increasingly precarious situation due to job loss, housing insecurity and  mental health challenges.

  • 15% of Victoria families with children live in poverty
  • 50,000 individuals are food insecure in the Capital Regional District

Support the Little Phoenix Daycare and help strengthen local neighbourhood resources to help families succeed.


Many seniors in the CRD experience extreme loneliness and isolation, malnutrition or food insecurity, mobility issues and limited income that greatly impacts their physical, mental and emotional well-being.

Thanks to United Way’s More than Meals program, seniors are getting healthy meals delivered to their homes. Not only that – they are getting critically important social visits and connections with the outside world.

Equity, diversity and inclusion

70% of Indigenous, Black, Asian or other Persons of Colour in Victoria reported that they personally experienced racism in the last five years.

Tools for Equity is a new diversity, equity and inclusion training program designed to support local businesses and organizations to address issues of systemic racism. The program will address racial disparities and employment barriers faced by immigrants and communities of colour.

Need help?

If you have questions or need assistance, contact the UVic United Way campaign assistant.

How did we do last year? Check out UVic's 2021-22 United Way Campaign Report