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September 23, 2022

United Way Greater Toronto kicks off campaign with $110 million goal to meet urgent need and make systems change

United Way Greater Toronto announced the official launch of the 2022 Community Campaign on Show Your Local Love Day (#LocalLove), a day to unite Peel, Toronto and York residents, labour, public and private sectors in the fight against local poverty (#TakeActionOnPoverty). The organization, which runs the largest United Way fundraising campaign in the world, has set a goal of raising $110 million to support community in this critical moment.

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September 06, 2022

United Way Greater Toronto’s 2022 Municipal Election Checklist

There are many ways you can play a part in making this place better for all. This election, don’t miss out on your chance to elect a candidate ready to #TakeActionOnPoverty.

September 03, 2022

Celebrating Labour Day

It’s almost Labour Day, a time to reflect on all that we’ve achieved for workers in this country—and the challenges we have yet to meet.

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.

Editor’s picks

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.

January 07, 2019

5 ways poverty affects youth unemployment

Being unemployed as a young person can have ramifications that last a lifetime — without work experience, formal training or a professional network, it’s hard to reach even the first rung on the corporate ladder.

December 19, 2019

I’m poor and I’m a great mom. Come at me.

Income level should not determine whether someone is fit to parent


Community stories

Community Stories

More than just a meal

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Community Stories

Staying active and connected

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Community Stories

A winner at the game of life

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Community Stories

A journey to wellness

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Community Stories

Power of giving back

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March 31, 2020

A day in the life: Jake Farr, trans advocate and counsellor

As a teacher, social worker and bridge-builder, Jake Farr is making life better for trans communities in Toronto and Durham

January 10, 2019

Unsung hero: Toronto housing advocate Aiko Ito

The GTA’s housing crisis means keeping seniors off the streets, but that is no small feat — just ask Aiko Ito


Issues

Issues

What is social capital and why does it matter

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Issues

What is intergenerational trauma and how do you heal from it?

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Issues

Respecting invisible disabilities is everyone’s job

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August 28, 2019

Here’s just how much poverty can hold kids back

Poverty has serious repercussions for people of all ages. But for kids, it has particularly devastating effects. An alarming 17 per cent of Canadian children live in poverty. In Toronto, the rate is even higher.

March 12, 2020

How food banks in Canada work—and why they’re necessary

With rising unaffordability and income inequality in Toronto and the GTA, food banks are needed more than ever


Life

Life

How healing lodges help Indigenous women rebuild their lives

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Life

How to help newcomers to Toronto feel more at home

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Life

I’m poor and I’m a great mom. Come at me.

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May 17, 2019

Cool, you’re an ally, but trans and non-binary folks need more

Trans and non-binary people are just that people. Let’s skip the intrusive questions and build relationships

February 11, 2020

9 revolutionary ways to make self-care a priority

Taking care of yourself is a radical act, but there are simple ways to make it a lifelong habit


Places

Places

How communities can stop gentrification from erasing GTA culture

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Issues

Land acknowledgements: uncovering an oral history of Tkaronto

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Places

The surprising ways city parks create barriers

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October 16, 2020

A neighbourhood lens on food security

Maybe you’ve heard the term ‘food desert,’ but what about ‘food swamp’? Here’s what that means—and why you might be living in one without even knowing it. Food insecurity doesn’t always look like you think.

January 21, 2019

Low-cost—or free!—mental health services in Toronto and the GTA

A guide to finding affordable counselling and other mental health resources in your neighbourhood


Philanthropy

Philanthropy

Gail Drummond and Bob Dorrance

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November 03, 2021

Dilprit and Rajbinder Grewal

Dilprit and Rajbinder Grewal’s biggest philanthropic priority is making sure everyone in their community has what they need to thrive.

November 03, 2021

Bernard Dorval and Francine Côté

Bernard Dorval and Francine Côté have committed to spending the next chapter of their lives helping others to realize their dreams.


Partnerships

Partnerships

Breaking barriers for systemic change

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August 11, 2021

#HelpStartsHere, for all Canadians

Anyone living anywhere in Canada can pick up the phone and dial 2-1-1 to reach a Service Navigator for information on community-based health, social and government services in or near their community.

September 02, 2020

5 steps to building a more inclusive workplace

United Way partner McCarthy Tétrault shares five steps they’ve taken to build a more inclusive workplace. They want more companies to follow their lead.

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