COVID-19 Response and Recovery Plan 

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, United Way developed a community-based, collaborative approach to mobilize funding and resources aimed at helping the social services sector and the clients they serve. 

After consulting with social and community service agencies and partnering with our local foundations and other funders, we identified emerging needs for people who live in poverty, seniors, and support for the front-line community service workers.

COVID-19 Relief Contributions

Are you able to help?

The response to the COVID-19 Relief Fund has been incredible.  Thanks to the many generous donors, corporate partners, government agencies and foundations that have contributed thus far.

The needs will continue to evolve so, as you protect your family and those closest to you to keep them healthy, we urge you to think of those who may need the help as they respond and recover from the pandemic.

For more info about the COVID-19 Relief plan, a list of generous donors, or to donate:

COVID-19 Info and Donate

COVID-19 Relief Impact and Investments

Where did the funding go?

The impacts of our local response are being felt throughout the Southern Interior.  Together, we are rebuilding and recovering from the dire effects to vital front-line community services in our communities.

To date, 94 local charities have received grants to support people who have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

For more info about COVID-19 Relief impact and investments, click on the link below:

COVID-19 Impact

During times of dire need and crises, it is more important than ever for us to come together to most effectively meet the needs of the people and communities we serve. I would like to acknowledge all partners who have contributed to making these supports available during this time, and to all those who continue to provide essential frontline social and community services. It is our collective responsibility to ensure that those facing heightened and deepened unignorable issues get the help they need. I implore everyone to spread their local love a little bit more where possible to ensure we emerge stronger and healthier together.

– Kahir Lalji, Executive Director – United Way SIBC

COVID-19 Funding and Support

The response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been swift and many individuals, companies and government agencies have enabled us to offer multiple COVID-19 Response and Recovery funding streams. The following funding streams have been and are actively being assessed and allocated.

Emergency Community Support Fund

Sustainable Recovery Grant

COVID-19 Community Relief Fund

To find out more information about the various funding streams, visit the link below.


Are you looking for community services?

In March 2020, the provincial government, United Way Lower Mainland and other key partners expanded the 211 service across BC to support the new Safe Seniors, Strong Communities Program and enable all British Columbians to dial 211 to find community and social services.

In addition, seniors are able to register for volunteer support by calling 211 through the new Safe Seniors, Strong Communities Program.

More Info on BC211

COVID-19 Response and Recovery Community Partners

Thanks to the local donors and community foundations for collaborating with us  to rapidly roll out the COVID-19 Relief Fund and to all the donors and funders who have contributed to date. Together, we can make a greater impact on local lives and help those who need is most.

All COVID-19 Relief Fund Donors

COVID-19 Response and Recovery in the News

Show your local love and please give generously today.