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Addressing the Root Causes of Poverty to Lift Our Communities Up

October 17, 2023

When it comes to tackling poverty across the globe, there is still a lot of work to be done. According to statistics from the United Nations, given current trends, 575 million people will still be living in extreme poverty in 2030 – and only about one …

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Charities Can’t Keep Helping Others If No One Will Help Them

October 3, 2023

On the heels of a devastating pandemic, households are facing rising housing prices, increasing costs of food, and natural disasters that have uprooted them from their homes and livelihoods. This triple threat of housing affordability, rising costs for …

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Our Continuing Journey Towards Truth and Reconciliation

September 28, 2023

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation takes place on September 30 every year and represents a day of significance for Indigenous communities and all people living in Canada. United Way Centraide views reconciliation as an opportunity to honour …

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United Way Centraide Canada Statement In Support of the 2SLGBTQ+ Community

September 20, 2023

As a national network of local community builders, United Way Centraides are committed to ensuring Canada becomes a truly equitable, safe, and inclusive place, particularly for racialized and marginalized people in our communities. The growing influenc …

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Community Service Recovery Fund Projects Announced

August 17, 2023

  The Government of Canada has announced the projects that are being funded through the Community Services Recovery Fund, which is being administered by United Way Centraide Canada, the Canadian Red Cross, and Community Foundations of Canada.   Th …

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MENTAL HEALTH WEEK 2023 – Community-Based Organizations Critical to Better Mental Health Across Canada

May 1, 2023

The pandemic has shone a light on long-standing societal inequities related to race, income, ability, gender, disability, and age, exposing deep cracks within our social safety net. In a similar fashion, COVID-19 has exposed the significant impacts of …

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March 20, 2023

As a national leader in the charitable sector, we recognize the important role United Way Centraide has to play in order to help eliminate racism in our communities. Data shows that disparities and inequities in various sectors are more pronounced for …

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Caring for Carers, Investing in the Mental Health of Front-line Community Service Workers

March 7, 2023

Charities and non-profits represent one of Canada’s largest economic sectors, employing over 2.5 million highly skilled people, equivalent to 14% of Canadian employees1. The charitable sector contributes 8.3% to Canada’s Gross Domestic Product, which e …

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Celebrating Black History Month

February 16, 2023

  Through February, United Way Centraide joins the celebration of Black History Month.    Black community impact leaders, past and present, have been a part of shaping Canada’s heritage, communities, and identity. The celebration of the impact of …

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More people turn to 211 as needs increase significantly

February 10, 2023

Every year on February 11, the United Way Centraide network celebrates 211 Day to raise awareness and accentuate the importance of the 211 service in our communities. In 2022, as inflation exacerbated existing economic strain, causing increased needs f …

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211 Day United Glow Locations

February 9, 2023

In celebration of 211 Day this year, 59 buildings, monuments, and landmarks will participate in our nationwide United Glow by illuminating their façades in 211 red. United Glow is an annual, Canada-wide initiative led by United Way Centraide Canada aim …

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Community Services Recovery Fund

January 4, 2023

    The Community Services Recovery Fund is a $400 million investment from the Government of Canada to support charities and non-profits as they focus on how to adapt their organizations for pandemic recovery.  Now more than ever, charities a …

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United Way Centraide Canada Selected as a National Funder of the Community Services Recovery Fund

November 22, 2022

Now more than ever, charities and non-profits are playing a key role in addressing persistent and complex social problems faced by all Canadians. The Community Services Recovery Fund is a $400 million investment from the Government of Canada to support …

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Canada’s Housing Crisis: What we’re doing about it

November 22, 2022

Homelessness was declared a national disaster in 1998 by the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee. Community agencies, faith groups, labour unions, and government entities endorsed the statement. Building on this momentum, National Housing Day has been re …

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OpEd: New data shows inflation is hitting Canadians hard this International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

November 4, 2022

Dan Clement, President and CEO, United Way Centraide Canada  October 17 was the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. While everyone in Canada grapples with record levels of inflation, low and moderate-income people are especially affected. …

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Listening and learning this National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 27, 2022

September 30, 2021, marked the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. But the day held significance for the Indigenous community and their allies long before this. Orange Shirt Day was born from the St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School (18 …

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Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day 2022

June 21, 2022

Canada celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day on the summer solstice, June 21, during National Indigenous History Month. This day is a celebration of the diversity of Indigenous Peoples across our country and an opportunity for non-Indigenous Canad …

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Mental Health Week: Supporting our community service workers

May 2, 2022

The pandemic has affected all of us, but not all equally. As we support each other this Mental Health Week, United Way Centraide is placing a particular focus on workers in community agencies, who play a vital role in serving the most vulnerable across …

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United Way Centraide network mourns passing of Dennis Jackson

April 28, 2022

It is with great sadness and condolences to his family that United Way Centraide Canada mourns the passing of Dennis Alfred Jackson. Dennis was a pivotal community leader and champion of United Way Centraide. From 2015-2017, Dennis chaired the United C …

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What ending racism would mean for our communities

March 18, 2022

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is held annually on the 21st of March. It commemorates the day in 1960, when the police in Sharpeville, South Africa, opened fire on a peaceful protest against apartheid pass laws, kill …

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211 poised to connect Canada’s seniors to services

February 11, 2022

While many of us have experienced illness, loneliness and stress through this pandemic, COVID-19’s impact on vulnerable seniors has been especially distressing. Isolation has taken a toll on seniors living in long-term care homes and for those living i …

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United Way Centraide Canada Statement Regarding the Ottawa Protest

February 1, 2022

As a national network of local community builders, United Way Centraides are committed to ensuring Canada becomes a truly equitable, safe, and inclusive place, particularly for Indigenous peoples, racialized and marginalized communities. We support the …

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Community Services Recovery Fund

January 27, 2022

United Way Centraide Canada (UWCC), along with the Canadian Red Cross (CRC) and Community Foundations of Canada (CFC), has been solicited by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) to apply to serve as an intermediary of the Community Services …

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Kindness, caring & respect more important than ever

January 26, 2022

With 2022 well underway, I have been reflecting on the year ahead and how grateful I am to have had the opportunity to slow down a bit over the holidays and recharge. With the rapid emergence of Omicron and the 5th wave of this Pandemic, our front-line …

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Giving Tuesday – Building a long-term relationship with your community

November 30, 2021

This Giving Tuesday I, like many of you, am thinking of the needs of my community as we remain under the weight of COVID-19. The pandemic has been a long, acute global crisis playing out at a local scale in all regions of Canada and around the world, w …

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Moving forward together

November 19, 2021

There is a special onus on those of us who are most fortunate to help others. The more we give, the more we will make a difference. I get involved, I give, and I stand strong with my fellow human beings. The key value in my life is respect for people. …

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A winner at the game of life

November 12, 2021

As a person with an intellectual disability, it’s not always so easy for me to reach out to others. Yet, I know I have much to offer because I am sociable, friendly, and cheerful. It’s important for me to have friendships.  I have to overcome other obs …

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It’s a privilege to do this

November 9, 2021

My husband Shawnn and I feel our community involvement is a privilege. We get to do this, while so many people can’t. When we took over a hotel and campground in a small community, one of the first things we did was reach out to the local United Way. W …

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Volunteering, I recommend it!

November 5, 2021

I learned many skills through volunteering, it helps me in networking and keeps my brain active. For me, it’s been nothing but beneficial. I recommend it! I started using hard drugs in my twenties, then I went to university to earn a degree in communit …

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