Community

United Way is creating vibrant neighbourhoods and communities, where everyone experiences a sense of belonging and connection to one another.

The challenge

The strength of a community is in the wellbeing of the people who live there. Everyone – no matter who they are or where they live – needs the chance to reach their full potential.

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1 in 5

Canadian residents were born out of the country

2 million

Adults have a physical or mental disability

2.1 billion

Volunteer hours are contributed by Canadians to their community each year

Our work

We invest in three key areas that help create vibrant neighbourhoods and communities.

Connection to supports

United Way is helping Canadians access and navigate the resources they need most in their community – from supporting the expansion of 211 to removing barriers to accessing local services.

Neighbourhood and community engagement

United Way is encouraging Canadians to get involved in their community, and helping everyone feel like they belong in the place they call home – from promoting volunteerism, to engaging community members in decision-making.

Personal wellbeing and safety

United Way is helping Canadians handle life’s challenges and make healthy choices – from counselling for people dealing with addiction or mental health issues, to building independent living skills for seniors.

Our impact

Thanks to your generous support, we’re investing every year in building communities that everyone can be proud to live in.

Programs working to build strong and healthy communities
3,016
Support to help seniors stay independent and connected to others
$20.7 million
Investment in care for people living with physical and mental disabilities
$21 million
Resources aimed at mental health programs and crisis support
$37.2 million
A changed life made possible by you

A widow for over 30 years, Seeta was feeling lonely and isolated as she struggled with her health. Thanks to United Way, she found a local seniors’ yoga program that is helping her stay fit, connecting her with new friends, and lifting her spirits.

A Changed Life (Seeta)