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November 28, 2022

Bhayana Family Foundation Awards recognize frontline heroes of United Way Greater Toronto’s network of social service agencies  

Fifteen awards recognize leaders in the social service sector for their dedication, partnership, leadership, innovation and creativity.  

Newest posts

November 26, 2022

New stats show increased need in community

In this week’s newsletter we’re looking at new stats that show people across our community are increasingly relying on charities to meet essential food, clothing and shelter needs.

November 22, 2022

We know the way, but where is the will to end homelessness?

This National Housing Day, it’s no secret we’re in a housing crisis. What’s missing in the headlines and strategies is the need for a deeply affordable and supportive housing.

November 15, 2022

Ending homelessness in Toronto is within reach — if municipal candidates make it a priority

More people experience homelessness than ever before, and services meant to help are at a breaking point. We have the resources to end this crisis.

Editor’s picks

November 11, 2022

United Way Greater Toronto’s local gift guide

Welcome to United Way’s GTA Gift Guide! It’s full of socially conscious goodies from local creators and United Way supported programs.

November 07, 2022

Pandemic innovation: Using what we’ve learned to achieve lasting change in our communities

United Way Greater Toronto’s commitment to systems-level change means championing potential initiatives and harvesting the lessons they have to offer – like our new five case studies series exploring social service innovations during COVID-19.

October 29, 2022

Meet the Parkdale changemaker keeping folks housed

In this week’s newsletter we’re taking an affordable housing tour in Parkdale, talking about community safety initiatives, and counting down the days to GetUP!


Community Stories

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.

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

Support during hard times

Premji turned to a United Way agency when his wife Shanta was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. What he didn’t expect was to also find community for himself.


Issues

Issues

Beyond the pandemic – where do you want the next four years to take us?

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Issues

What is social capital and why does it matter

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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.

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.


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

How Donald K. Johnson is opening doors to giving

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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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