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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.

Selfie of Gabor wearing a red shirt printed with maple leaves.


Gabor and members of his family spent two months sleeping on park benches when they first arrived in Canada. A United Way agency helped his family find stable housing and a sense of normalcy. 



After leaving an abusive relationship, a United Way-supported program provided Vilma and her son with the counselling, legal services and housing they needed to start their healing process. Now, Vilma helps other women fleeing violence, working as a counsellor at the agency that helped her.

Selfie photo of Jermain in a sweatshirt, hard hat and reflective vest with an overlaid animation depicting a person with a backpack, a person with a graduation cap and a person working on a construction site.


After experiencing unemployment, Jermain was connected to a United Way-supported program that helped him enter an apprenticeship in the trades. 

Portrait photo of Joanne.


After losing her job, Joanne struggled to support her family while her husband was incarcerated. A job at a United Way agency helped her get back on her feet.

Selfie photo of Wade.


After struggling with addiction for most of his life, Wade decided something had to change. A United Way-supported shelter helped him find stable housing and connected him to the support he needed to get sober.



After being persecuted for her gender identity, Xica found the acceptance she needed at a United Way-supported program. 



A United Way-supported program helped Marissa to share her mental health struggles by boosting her self-esteem. Now, she wants to show her local love by helping other girls to be their authentic selves.



After having difficulty searching for a job on his own, Domenic found the resources he needed at a United Way-supported agency. Now, he’s pursuing a career in science with a supportive community at his back.

Andrew on a climbing gym


A United Way-supported agency helped Andrew to find a group of friends and feel like he belonged. Now, he wants to show his local love by taking on a leadership role for younger kids.



A United Way-supported agency connected Lyla to a job that gave her a sense of purpose. Now, she wants to show her local love by helping other people overcome barriers.



After finding refuge in Canada from Sri Lanka, Arumugam longed to connect with people so he felt less alone in his new home. Thanks to a United Way-supported agency, he found a new community—and connected with old friends from back home.

Cecil & Zoe

Cecil & Zoe

Cecil shows his local love by supporting social enterprises—like the one that helped Zoe find meaningful employment and get back on track.

Travis & Daniel

Daniel & Travis

Daniel unleashes his local love at his workplace campaign—which funds the kind of vital, community-based supports that helped Travis get back on his feet.

Emily & Wendy

Wendy & Emily

Wendy learned the importance of giving back at a young age. Now, she unleashes her local love by helping kids like Emily finish high school.

AJ & Ken

AJ & Ken

United Way helped Ken when he was a struggling single parent—now he shows his local love by ensuring people like AJ can get support, too.

Jayce & Alixandra

Alixandra & Jayce

Alixandra unleashes her local love by volunteering at a literacy camp, helping kids like Jayce’s read more confidently.

Mike & Asare

Asare & Mike

As a young man, Asare found mentorship through a community program. Now, he shows his local love by paying it forward, supporting drop-in centres like the one that helped Mike find a stable home.

Nuhaa & Samantha

Nuhaa & Samantha

Samantha’s act of local love—volunteering at a United Way agency—means kids like Nuhaa get the best start in life.

Rose & Theresa

Theresa & Rose

Theresa volunteers to show her local love—supporting the organization that empowered Rose to envision a brighter future for herself.

Atiya & Humaira

Atiya & Humaria

Atiya shows her local love by helping Humaira and other women experiencing domestic violence connect to community supports.

Gisèle & Mario

Gisele & Mario

Mario unleashes his local love by giving back—ensuring families like Gisèle’s can access crucial mental health supports.

Mélanie & Virginie

Melanie & Virginie

Virginie shows her local love by volunteering, helping people like Mélanie get the housing support they need.



Acts of local love connected Shakirat to a skills training program—and helped her find a job.



An act of local love helped Jasmine connect to a drop-in and find a safe place to live.



Local love supported the pre-apprenticeship program that helped Lolley learn a trade.