In the community

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.

Thanks to you, a 24-7 caregiver to his wife was able to find the respite he needs to lead a healthier life

A United Way Community Hub unites Scarborough’s youth

Knowing the challenges facing Scarborough’s youth, Vinosan Manoharan found empowerment at The Hub Mid-Scarborough. See how your generous support can alter not only a life, but an entire community.

Thanks to you, a 24-7 caregiver to his wife was able to find the respite he needs to lead a healthier life

Your help means Les’s health

After 50 years of marriage, Les became a 24-7 caregiver to his wife. In St. Clair West Services for Seniors, he finally found respite. A heartwarming example of how your generosity can change a life.

Felicita is gaining financial security thanks to the Financial Literacy support she receives at Jane/Finch Community and Family Centre, a United Way agency

Gaining financial confidence

Newcomer Felicita is on the path to saving for her and her children’s future thanks to the one-on-one financial support she’s receiving at Jane/Finch Community and Family Centre, a United Way agency

Nick poses in front of St. Christopher House

A second chance at a new life

Life hasn't been easy for Nick. But by accessing the Toronto Youth Job Corps program offered at United Way Toronto’s community agency St. Christopher House, he’s on the path to a successful future.

Neha looks forward to a happy holiday with her baby, Josiah

Thanks to you, fresh produce is rolling into the city's inner suburbs

FoodShare’s Mobile Good Food Market is making a difference on one critical issue facing our city's inner-suburban residents—a lack of access to healthy, affordable food.

Neha looks forward to a happy holiday with her baby, Josiah

A mind at peace

How United Way-funded agency YouthLink helped one young man on his journey to mental health.

Neha looks forward to a happy holiday with her baby, Josiah

Because of you, Caleb gets a new start

For Caleb, a first grader, the greatest challenge of school wasn’t reading and math. It was recess.

Neha looks forward to a happy holiday with her baby, Josiah

Neha looks forward to a happy holiday with her baby, Josiah

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.

Bringing out the best in people

Bringing out the best in people

Wrigley Canada employees believe in supporting our community, increasing participation and giving during tough economic times.

Partnering with young leaders

Partnering with young leaders

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.

Helping residents find their voice

Helping residents find their voice

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.

A Tradition of Giving

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.

Helping strengthen our city’s high-rise communities

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.

Gaining the confidence to achieve success

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.

Helping Young Single Mothers Fulfill Their Potential

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.

Graduating to a great future

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.

Becoming a community leader

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.

Crescent Town: Businesswomen launch Bangladeshi couture

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.”

As Times Change, there’s help for women looking for work

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.

Dorset Park: Kick-starting a community

An area of Scarborough that lacked services and community meeting places is being transformed thanks to the work of dedicated volunteers.

Victoria Village: From lasagna to conversation

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.

Lotherton Heights: An urban village on the path to change

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.

Speed mentoring: Getting in the fast lane to employment

United Way agency ACCESS Employment’s innovative Speed Mentoring program is matching job seekers like Bhavita Panchal with a number of mentors.

Sowing the seeds of community change

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.

Club Summer Camp: Making summer more than just fun

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.

Friends Catering: Work and life lessons in the kitchen

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.

Single mother of three living in one of Toronto’s inner suburbs makes financial strides

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.

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