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Community Stories

Poverty. Homelessness. Youth unemployment. These are unignorable issues facing our community. But we can tackle them together by showing our local love in the places we live. Here are some examples of local love in action.

February 07, 2023

This community ambassador is raising awareness about people with different abilities

After getting support from a United Way agency, Sam started to share his story, raising awareness about inclusion and what it's like to have different abilities.

November 14, 2022

Bonds borne out of shared experiences

Adrian found connection and community thanks to Bella, his case worker at Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, a United Way-supported agency.

August 24, 2022

Welcoming a refugee family to the GTA

Simran and her family got the support they needed thanks to United Way agencies dedicated to helping refugees arriving in the GTA.

November 26, 2021

Why community collaboration is the key to building back better

Why community coordination tables are a ‘game-changer’ when it comes to our response to COVID-19.

November 17, 2021

Staying active and connected

Colette led an active life until the pandemic hit. A United Way-funded agency helped her get back into circulation.

October 31, 2021

A winner at the game of life

A United Way-supported program helped Cindy gain more confidence and stay connected—something that’s only become more important during the pandemic.

October 31, 2021

A journey to wellness

After struggling to find mental health support that worked for her, Laura connected with a United Way program that helped her look at things in a new way.

October 31, 2021

Power of giving back

After visiting a United Way-supported food bank, Michele started giving back by volunteering. Now she wants everyone to show their local love by getting involved too.

October 31, 2021

Support during hard times

Premji turned to a United Way agency when his wife Shanta was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. What he didn’t expect was to also find community for himself.

October 31, 2021

A dream for the future

A United Way-funded program helped Sylvanna come out of her shell—and paved the way for her to attend university.

October 20, 2021

More than just a meal

Support from a United Way-supported food program means Chad doesn’t have to wonder where his next meal is coming from.

October 08, 2021

Helping a family find a place to call home

Dave and his kids had spent 11 weeks—and most of his savings—living in a hotel, but a United Way agency helped them find affordable, comfortable housing.