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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.

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.

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.