Hundreds of thousands of people, every year, are helped by United Way Toronto. These are just a few of the real stories that illustrate how the impact of your donation to United Way, strengthens lives and builds stronger neighbourhoods across the city.
An alternative learning environment for young people who have been suspended from school or who have not been attending, REPLAY gives youth the opportunity and support to try again, with the goal that they can be re-integrated into a school program.
Read about REPLAY's 97% success rate, leading to a brighter future for these youth and their families.
While food insecurity is most prevalent among people on social assistance, it's also a fact of life for over 50% of the working poor. It has a host of short and long-term physical and psychological implications – among them, hunger, malnutrition, and learning and development issues.
Read how United Way agency, FoodShare, works with communities to improve access to affordable food.
"We help women retain their dignity—the dignity that I think poverty and deprivation often rob you of, that can really contribute to an overwhelming sense of hopelessness."
Executive Director Angela Robertson explains that Sistering goes beyond providing homeless and low-income women with the basic needs that most people take for granted.
Bernard Betel offers over 100 programs, supporting its clients with basic needs services as well as the opportunity to explore new avenues for creative living.
Executive Director Michael James explains how Bernard Betel is a home away from home for seniors living in the priority neighbourhood of Westminster-Branson at Bathurst and Steeles.
ROSE program unveils students' potential, helping once disengaged youth gain a sense of belonging and ability to recognize attainable educational and employment opportunities.
"It's important for seniors to have their own lives too"
United Way Toronto Speakers Bureau volunteer, Evelyn Rabkin-Yuditsky, proudly wears her 20 year recognition pin. She found her niche at Bernard Betel Centre, and helps other seniors stay active.
"It's a great way to get into the community and help... United Way does great work in so many different areas in our community, whether it's with teens at risk, seniors or new immigrants."
Over 30 Kraft Canada employees, along with president Dino Bianco, rolled up their sleeves to make a difference in their city in the fall Days of Caring.
"I believe that those of us who've had the good fortune of education, employment and so many other advantages, need to participate directly in the community through the contribution of our time and financial support"
Bill Downe, President & CEO of BMO Financial Group and United Way's 2009 Campaign Chair, talks about the many ways that he and BMO are helping to make Toronto a better city for all.
Safe, clean, accessible community space is a vital component in bringing neighbours together. United we can make a lasting difference in our community!
Over 400 volunteers from across Toronto came together at United Way member agencies/hubs, neighbourhood associations and City of Toronto Parks and Recreation, generating 1200 volunteer hours in the Second annual Community Day of Caring.