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A history of helping others

September 21, 2021

  “I began my career in 1988 in London, Ontario as a Business Banking trainee with TD Bank.  TD was involved in a program with United Way called the “Loaned Rep” program and I was “loaned” to United Way for the duration of their annual campaign.”  …

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A dream for the future

September 15, 2021

“I’ve been involved with United Way since before I was officially a member of any organizations, because my dad and all his siblings were members when they were little, too. I think it’s cool—I don’t look a lot like my dad, but when people hear my name …

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Disability Pride Month: Creativity and courage in the face of societal barriers

July 22, 2021

During the month of July, we’ve been celebrating Disability Pride Month. What started in the United States in 1990 has become a global movement of empowerment and visibility for those with disabilities. In Canada, although the month is not yet recogniz …

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Stories to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21, 2021

National Indigenous Peoples Day is a celebration of the diverse original cultures of Turtle Island. This year, it’s especially poignant as we mourn the discovery of 215 children who died at Kamloops Indian Residential School. As more of these discoveri …

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215

June 1, 2021

We are deeply saddened by the tragic discovery of 215 children who died at Kamloops Indian Residential School. We extend our deepest condolences to the affected families, communities, Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation, and all residential and day sch …

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Statements on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion & Indigenous Collaboration

April 30, 2021

By Dan Clement, President & CEO Recently, I wrote a blog post on how racism is an #UNIGNORABLE issue for Canadians. In the months that followed, we began examining the state of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at United Way Centraide Canada a …

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“Do something to make your community better” – National Volunteer Week

April 23, 2021

This National Volunteer Week, which runs from April 18-24, the theme is “The Value of One, The Power of Many.” We asked our United Way Centraide Canada Board Chair, Yuri Fulmer, to reflect on what volunteerism has meant to him, and his time at United W …

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Community Services Recovery Fund – Budget 2021

April 21, 2021

United Way Centraide Canada congratulates the Government of Canada on its decision to create a $400M Community Services Recovery Fund to help local charities and non-profits adapt and modernize so they can better support the economic recovery in commun …

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Celebrating the Value of One, The Power of Many

April 20, 2021

The theme for this year’s National Volunteer Week(April 18-24)  is The Value of One, The Power of Many. Those words carry a sentiment that is deeply engrained in the United Way Centraide mission. They reflect the awe-inspiring acts of kindness by milli …

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Together, we’re keeping our communities strong

March 12, 2021

One year ago, on March 11, COVID-19 was officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. In the months that followed, more than 22,000 Canadian lives were claimed by the virus and countless others have been affected in numerous ways. Fo …

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COVID-19 pandemic has created a new group of vulnerable Canadians: survey

February 11, 2021

Ottawa, ON – February 11, 2021: On National 211 Day, United Way Centraide Canada has released new data and survey results showing that many Canadians are struggling to pay bills and dealing with mental health issues for the first time in their lives as …

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Allegations related to United Way Worldwide

February 5, 2021

February 5, 2021 We want to assure you that United Way Centraide Canada is aware of the reported allegations of misconduct at United Way Worldwide, specifically allegations of harassment and retaliation against female employees reporting incidents of h …

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211 Day – United Glow locations

February 4, 2021

211 Day United Glow locations Visit one of the buildings, monuments, and landmarks participating in our nationwide United Glow! To celebrate the national expansion of 211, these major sites across Canada will join us by illuminating their facades in 21 …

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Inaugural pan Canadian 211 Day!

February 4, 2021

February 11th is 211 Day across North America! This year, for the first time, 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. The service is free, confidential, 24/7 in most of Canada and available in more than 150 languages.

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When we struggle, Canadians struggle

December 11, 2020

On Friday, Dec. 11, In an open letter, United Way Centraide Canada, along with Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada,  YMCA Canada and YWCA Canada  asked The Government of Canada for support to protect the programs and service …

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211 service goes nationwide with funding from the Government of Canada

October 15, 2020

Ottawa – Everyone in Canada will soon have access to 211, a free, confidential information navigation service that connects people to critical government and community-based, non-clinical health and social services in their community thanks to funding …

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THIS MONTREAL PROJECT IS HELPING CITIZENS TAKE THE LEAD ON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

October 1, 2020

WHY IT MATTERS A project in Montreal is flipping the philanthropic model on its head, by enabling community members to be the ultimate decision makers. The Collective Impact Project is helping 17 neighbourhoods in Montreal fight against poverty and soc …

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ECSF Round 2

September 23, 2020

United Way Centraide Canada, in partnership with its network of local members, is one of three intermediaries administering Round 2 of the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). This is the final installment of the $350M investment by the Government …

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Emergency Community Support Fund: investment update

September 15, 2020

Across Canada, communities responding to COVID-19 have now received an injection of more than $136M from United Ways and Centraides (UWCs) through the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF).

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The Philanthropist article explores how social innovation in the UWC network fueled its COVID-19 response

September 4, 2020

The final installment in The Philanthropist’s series about social innovation looks at how the COVID-19 crisis was a catalyst for innovation within the United Way Centraide Network. The series is published as a collaboration between The Philanthropist a …

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CHPR advocates for stronger first line of defense against COVID-19: adequate housing

August 26, 2020

In an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Housing Policy Roundtable expressed the urgent need for immediate investments to improve the housing system’s ability to shelter those experiencing homelessness as part of Canada’s COVID- …

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THIS IMPACT LAB IS TRANSFORMING CALGARY’S SOCIAL SECTOR

August 21, 2020

WHY IT MATTERS With limited resources and stringent competition for funds, social sector organizations are increasingly expected to do more with less, particularly during the current pandemic and economic crisis. In Calgary, The Social Impact Lab is en …

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Caring for vulnerable seniors | United Way Bruce Grey connects all the dots

August 19, 2020

United Way Bruce Grey’s (UWBG) Senior’s Hamper program ensures that all seniors who need food get the help they need. They’ve pulled the community together to make it happen. “Every person in our region has been impacted, if not by the virus itself, th …

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COVID-19 Update: New Horizons for Seniors Program – United Way Centraide Grant Results

July 24, 2020

November 17, 2020 (Ottawa) – When the COVID-19 pandemic and the necessary lock-down measures disrupted community services, Canadian seniors who depend on those services for support became increasingly vulnerable and isolated. On March 29, to provide im …

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COVID-19 WILL “ABSOLUTELY EXACERBATE HOMELESSNESS IN CANADA,” SAY ADVOCATES

June 24, 2020

WHY IT MATTERS Approximately 235,000 Canadians experience homelessness each year, and there are even more who are underhoused. Housing advocates say these figures may increase, due to economic instability during the coronavirus pandemic. Our fifth stor …

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United Way sponsors new Financial Relief Navigator

June 23, 2020

Access all the benefits and financial relief measures supporting Canadians in one, simple, easy to use location. The Financial Relief Navigator (FRN), is an English and French online tool providing a one-stop portal to help vulnerable Canadians access …

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National Indigenous Peoples Day – 2020

June 19, 2020

On National Indigenous Peoples Day, United Way Centraides in communities across the country honour the heritage, cultures, leadership and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. While this is a day for celebration, it occurs against th …

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Battlefords United Way: Making sure seniors are fed and heard

June 16, 2020

When the COVID pandemic broke out in March, Battlefords United Way leapt into action to make sure that vulnerable members in their community were getting the supplies they needed. “We heard from volunteers that seniors were frightened and lonely, and b …

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Action in Saint John, Kings & Charlotte, New Brunswick

June 9, 2020

United Way Saint John, Kings & Charlotte, is working with the Atlantic Compassion Fund (AFC) and providing funding to meet the immediate needs for their community members feeling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since early April, the fund has …

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