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.
For Caleb, a first grader, the greatest challenge of school wasn’t reading and math. It was recess.
As the holidays draw near, Neha is excited about spending this very special time with her baby, Josiah, and creating new memories together as a family.
Wrigley Canada employees believe in supporting our community, increasing participation and giving during tough economic times.
When the members of Dorset Park’s Youth Council said they needed a safe space in their community, they never imagined they would be designing two facilities.
Shortly after moving to Canada with her family, Christina joined her local Action for Neighbourhood Change’s pedestrian safety committee, allowing her to get to know her community and actively contribute to it.
Through the Tomorrow Fund, Yezdi and Jennifer Pavri are ensuring that their family’s tradition of generosity will continue to help the community into the future.
Rising to the challenge: A young man realizes the new future he imagines for himself and his community
Kadeem grew up in a tough Toronto neighbourhood. By connecting with a program funded by United Way, he’s on his way to becoming an English teacher and a role model for other youth in his neighbourhood.
Bridging to a future of success: An innovative school-community partnership is helping young people graduate
Rexdale high school North Albion Collegiate Institute is helping youth get ahead thanks to the innovative Bridge to Success program, offered by United Way Toronto’s member agency Community Microskills.
Many low-income families find more affordable housing in privately owned rental apartments. With support from United Way, Jamal and his neighbours are working together to turn their apartment building into a thriving community.
Cathy and her colleagues have gained confidence, experience and independence at the Out of This World Café, a unique business supported by United Way's Toronto Enterprise Fund.
As a participant of Women Moving Forward (WMF), Debiesha's working toward her goal of becoming a social worker and changing the lives of others. WMF is a groundbreaking poverty reduction program offered by Jane/Finch Community and Family Centre.
Having graduated as cohort representative of the 2011 CITY Leaders class, Agapi Gessesse is now setting her sights on a bright future in community building and municipal politics.
Having graduated as cohort representative of the 2011 CITY Leaders class, Alex Vaghar is completing his first documentary film and preparing for post-secondary education.
In the Priority Neighbourhood of Crescent Town, the women behind Dunia Design Collective are designing and producing their own products inspired by “back home and the West.”
Member agency and downtown employment service, Times Change Women’s Employment Service, is offering assistance to women looking to get into — or get back into — the job market.
An area of Scarborough that lacked services and community meeting places is being transformed thanks to the work of dedicated volunteers.
This hidden hive of activity on the second floor of a strip mall just north of Eglinton Ave. at 1527 Victoria Park Ave. is one of four community hubs funded in part by United Way Toronto.
With a range of projects, from a community garden to making videos to renewed basketball courts, residents of Lotherton Pathway in Lawrence Heights are giving their community a boost.
United Way agency ACCESS Employment’s innovative Speed Mentoring program is matching job seekers like Bhavita Panchal with a number of mentors.
Granville Foger eagerly anticipates the arrival of spring in Rexdale. A member of Action for Neighbourhood Change, he’s been working with his neighbours to plant a community garden—now he can’t wait to see the bulbs bloom.
Summers for Imisi Oragesin and Kwaku Agyemang didn’t used to be all that exciting. But things changed when the two friends began attending the Albion Boys & Girls Club Summer Camp.
Supported by United Way’s Toronto Enterprise Fund, Friends is helping individuals who are living under the poverty line and facing challenges entering the job market access new work opportunities.
Maria struggled to know where to turn to understand and manage her finances—then she was introduced to a series of Financial Literacy workshops offered in her community.