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August 06, 2022

The importance of business and community partnerships

Business and community partnerships are key to building more equitable communities. That’s why United Way and BMO are partnering on ILEO in the Greater Golden Mile community of Scarborough.

Newest posts

July 16, 2022

Pushing for systems change

Last week, United Way Greater Toronto joined with United Ways from across Ontario to issue a call to action to the provincial government. We need systems change, and we need it now.

July 02, 2022

Highlights from our Annual Report and Annual General Meeting

Here are the highlights from our 2021-22 Annual Report and Annual General Meeting. See the progress we’ve made, together.

June 18, 2022

Addressing rising food insecurity in the GTA

With rising inflation, the cost of groceries is going up and low-income households are being particularly hard hit. MFood insecurity is both an urgent need and a reflection of system and policy failures to promote income security. That’s why United Way works from all sides on this issue.

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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