United Way to invest more than $31 million to help Lower Mainland children, families and seniors

VANCOUVER, June 14, 2017 /CNW/ - Today, United Way of the Lower Mainland (UWLM) announces an allocation of more than $31 million to be invested into community programs and services in 2017/18. Programs and services funded range from refugee support programs for children age 6 and younger to programs designed to keep seniors active and socially connected as they age.

As the largest non-government funder of community services, United Way provides vital support to children, families and seniors. This year, United Way will support 146 local social service agencies and organizations in 26 Lower Mainland communities as well as support a number of provincial programs, like the help line bc211. Thanks in part to a $1 million investment from United Way, bc211.ca will now be available to provide support to British Columbians across the province starting today.

"We work hard to create neighbourhoods where everyone has a fair chance and an opportunity for a brighter future," says Michael McKnight, President & CEO, United Way of the Lower Mainland. "Because of our strong, long-standing relationships with the private sector, the labour movement, government and community organizations, we leverage every dollar we invest in the community."

United Way's mission is to build strong communities, help kids be all they can be, and move people from poverty to possibility. In total, United Way funding touches the lives of over 400,000 people across British Columbia.

"The programs and services that we fund are only part of the picture of what United Way does," says Jeff Calbick, Vice-President, Community Impact and Investment, United Way of the Lower Mainland. "We actively work with the community to forecast local need and tackle problems together."

UWLM marks its 87th anniversary later this month.

About United Way of the Lower Mainland

United Way helps families, children and seniors in need. We are leaders in our field developing partnerships, tracking progress, and bringing the right people together to initiate change. UWLM funds 146 agencies throughout the Lower Mainland to deliver more than 318 programs and services. To learn more, visit uwlm.ca.

SOURCE United Way of the Lower Mainland

For further information: Media contact: United Way of the Lower Mainland Communications, Jennifer Young, C: (604) 309-3937, E: jennifery@uwlm.ca


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