These are challenging and uncertain times. But the research is clear and consistent. The stronger the sense of connection—local people working together in a united way—the more resilient the community.
And we are resilient. We are a community that cares about each other.
We are already at work with our partners, donors, and agencies developing shared solutions. To start, as the largest investor outside of government in the GTA, United Way is offering our agencies even more flexibility on how they use our dollars so they can do what they do best: meet urgent need for people experiencing poverty. Flexibility so they can change or adapt their programming and services in a rapidly changing time. We’re working closely with these front-line agencies as they identify the needs and issues that may be emerging locally. Know we will keep you informed on our responses—always with a range of partners, always in a united way.
With our collective health and wellbeing in mind, we have decided to close United Way’s physical offices until further notice. While our offices are closed, we’re still present and active, working remotely and supporting the critical services our region needs right now.
In times like these, we look out for others. While you take care of yourself, take a moment for someone else who may need that connection. Call your elderly neighbour, videochat with your friend who lives alone. Email someone who may be isolated. People matter. Place matters. Because we always are, and always will be, stronger together.
I hope you’ll support some of our community’s most vulnerable friends and neighbours impacted by COVID-19 by making a gift right now.