Urgent Response

Bringing together the power of many to help those affected by Northern BC Wildfires.

Looking to make contribution! Donate now and help us support more local initiatives responding to the urgent needs of our wildfire-affected communities.

Purpose of the Fund

The United Way of Northern BC’s Urgent Response Fund was established in response to the devastating wildfires sweeping through Northern BC. Its primary purpose is to provide immediate support to communities affected by these wildfires, addressing critical social needs within these communities.

United Way is uniquely positioned to respond to these needs due to our extensive regional connections and a broad network of over 1000 agency contacts. We aim to identify gaps in community resources around wildfire response swiftly. Collaborating with local responders, corporate partners, and our public communications network, we ensure our response is cohesive, effective, and reaches those most in need.

The Urgent Response Fund not only offers financial support but also extends to resources such as volunteers, network connections, and staff time and efforts – all valuable in responding to the crisis at hand.

How Agencies Can Access the Funding

Registered charity organizations operating in Northern British Columbia within the footprint of the United Way of Northern BC can apply for funding from the Urgent Response Fund. The fund is specifically directed towards social services agencies, programs, and services that have been directly or indirectly affected by the wildfires in Northern BC.

To apply for funding:

  1. Send an email to apply@unitedwaynbc.ca indicating that this is a request for the Urgent Response Fund.
  2. In your email, include the following information:
    • Agency Name
    • Contact Name
    • Contact Phone Number
    • Contact Email
    • Community/Communities Impacted
    • Outline of the Request for Funding – what you’re looking for and why, include budgetary information here if applicable
    • Total Funding Requested

Applications can be submitted at any time, but they must be submitted before 12pm noon each Thursday to be considered in the Friday review.

Approved requests will be notified by the end of the day on the Friday after they’ve submitted their application, provided they submitted their application by noon on Thursday.

Once approved, agencies will be required to sign a letter of agreement and provide a brief report on the use of the funding by October 31, 2023. Click here to submit a final report.

For any inquiries or further assistance, please call us at 250-561-1040 or email us at info@unitedwaynbc.ca.

We are here to support our community through this challenging time. Together, we can help our communities recover and rebuild.

Agencies/Projects Supported

With the proceeds from the Urgent Response Fund, we have been able to approve the following supports to date in Northern BC. The list will be updated weekly so please check back for additions to see the incredible work being done throughout the region.


Agency Community Impacted Funded for…
Aboriginal Business and Community Development Centre Prince George & surrounding area Air purifier for the facility to ensure staff and client safety.
Autumn Services Fraser Lake Healthy snacks for indoor community event and ongoing Seniors activities to encourage activity and social engagement during poor air quality days due to wildfire smoke.
Carney Hill Neighbourhood Centre – Hadih House Prince George Emergency backpacks with personal hygiene items, socks and underwear, comfort items for children, grocery gift cards, and other basic necessities for those displaced. Funding to help with purchasing passes for local activities for displaced families.
Connexus Vanderhoof Facility air scrubber to counteract the affects of the wildfire smoke.
Connexus Vanderhoof, Fraser Lake, Fort St. James, neighbouring First Nations Emergency backpacks filled with: sleeping bag/blanket and other essentials such as a flashlight, batteries, whistle, a small first aid kit, personal hygiene items, etc.
Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre Society Smithers, Houston, Telkwa, Dease Lake Emergency backpacks filled with: sleeping bag/blanket and other essentials such as a flashlight, batteries, whistle, a small first aid kit, personal hygiene items, etc.
Fort St. James Primary Care Society Fort St. James Grocery gift cards to assist clients while experiencing challenges with wildfire smoke.
Hope for Women Pregnancy Services Prince George Air purifier for the facility to ensure client safety.
Houston Link to Learning Houston Emergency prep kits that include non-perishable food, a hand-crank flashlight, and medical supplies.
Mackenzie Public Library Mackenzie Provision of water to be able to provide to staff, clients, and public who need it when seeking respite from wildfire situation.
Northern Lamplighters Activity Centre Association Fort Nelson, Fort Nelson First Nations, Norther Rockies Regional Municipality Air scrubber and filters to ensure safe air quality in facility and gift cards to assist seniors with safe basic and social needs during wildfire season.
PG New Hope Society Prince George Air purifiers to create safe spaces within facilities, and water to provide to clients as they come to agency for support.
PG Sexual Assault Centre Prince George Air purifiers to create safe spaces within facilities.
Quesnel & District Child Development Centre Quesnel Installation of HVAC air filtration system for the Centre, as well as taxi vouchers and grocery gift cards to assist clients while experiencing challenges with wildfire smoke.
South Peace Community Resource Society Dawson Creek Industrial air scrubber and filters, funding to pay for all staff to participate in emergency preparedness activities (evacuation drill), and purchase of items for indoor activities for programming when air quality is prohibitive to going outdoors.
YMCA BC Tumbler Ridge Air purifiers for multiple program spaces to ensure children are safe when attending programming.
Mackenzie Community Services Mackenzie, McLeod Lake Air scrubbers, 72-Hour Go Bag supplies, refreshments, and advertising to hold an event where the go bags will be assembled and item uses will be instructed on.
Robson Valley Community Services Fort St. John, Charlie Lake, Tumbler Ridge, Dawson Creek Grocery gift cards to disburse and emergency food for their “Free Food Pantry”
South Peace Art Society Fort St. John, Charlie Lake, Tumbler Ridge, Dawson Creek Supports for staff, art materials, and snacks from their Good Neighbours Festival for evacuees

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Your support helps us bring urgent response and relief to communities affected by the Northern BC wildfires. Thank you for standing with us.

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