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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.

June 12, 2024

Keeping neighbourhoods affordable 

United Way Greater Toronto is partnering on supportive housing initiatives and community land trusts to ensure people stay housed

June 03, 2024

“Everything has to start with a stable home” 

A United Way-funded program serving the 2SLGBTQ+ community connected Diana to wraparound support, safe housing and her peers

May 30, 2024

Breaking down barriers to employment for youth

A United Way-funded program is helping Demica find a new career path — and a new outlook on life.

May 03, 2024

Growing food and community connection

When we think of community gardens, we may not immediately think of food security, but these spaces are an essential part of United Way Greater Toronto’s approach to strengthening local food systems. 

March 22, 2024

Supporting survivors of gender-based violence as they build new lives

A United Way-funded agency helped Francisca find safety and family

December 11, 2023

Providing stable housing for youth to grow

Serpil was 15 years old and about to enter the shelter system. Then she found a United Way-funded agency that gave her the stability and security she needed to thrive

October 11, 2023

Creating a safe space for women to succeed  

A United Way-supported women’s employment organization helped Jenifer land the job of her dreams

September 08, 2023

A United Way hub helped Nafisa feed her family and find a community 

When Nafisa first arrived in Canada she was isolated and struggling to make ends meet. Then she found the Rexdale Community Hub.

September 08, 2023

Connecting newcomers to jobs in the trades  

A United Way initiative helped Syed find a new career in the construction industry.

August 10, 2023

“I can start believing in the possibilities”

A United Way-supported peer program helped Randee find community and overcome mental health struggles.

June 07, 2023

Connecting Indigenous women to jobs—and each other 

A United Way-supported employment program for Indigenous women connected Amber to the support she needed to land her dream job.

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.