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Evelyn and her family moved to York Region from Brazil in 2012. After travelling quite a bit over the years due to her husband’s job, she was looking forward to settling down in one community with him and their three children.
“I found some information on [...]
On September 2, 2014 · In Why I Give
Ryan was born with dyslexia and had difficulty learning to read fluently. Despite these challenges, he worked through it during his school years and graduated high school. Ryan had a thirst to pursue post-secondary education.
Unfortunately, he had extreme anxiety around the [...]
As the old saying goes, your life can change in the blink of an eye. Take Sally* for example. One day, while riding the bus, she found a free magazine next to her seat. Bored and looking for something to occupy her mind, she opened it and [...]
On August 4, 2014 · In Why I Give
Jeffrey is a young father of two. Approximately seven years ago, he dropped out of school. In and out of jobs that pay minimum wage, Jeffrey found himself at a crossroad. Wanting to increase his earning potential and establish himself into a career, [...]
Sarah was just 20 years old when she found out she was pregnant with her first child. Pregnancy can be a challenging and confusing time at any age, and Sarah’s case was no exception. She knew she wanted to create a better future for her and her baby. [...]
On June 9, 2014 · In Why I Give
United Way York Region recently announced a $30,000 Strength Investments grant to support an innovative new initiative for Whitchurch-Stouffville. With the message of ‘dreaming bigger and creating legacy’, WS YOU 177 isa community-wide journey that connects [...]
United Way York Region’s In Every Neighbourhood campaign is creating opportunities across the region’s nine municipalities. We are inspired by the success of our Strength Investments projects and the impacts they create in their communities when given the opportunity to make a difference.
United Way York Region unites donors, volunteers, corporations and partner agencies in order to improve the quality of life in our region. Following Nielsen survey of York Region residents and our Meeting House series of community consultations, we decided to focus on three community priorities that are essential [...]
According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, approximately one in five Canadians experience a mental health problem or illness each year. A complex interplay of genetic, biological, personality and environmental factors that come into play, mental illness not only deeply affects those who are suffering, [...]
On February 3, 2014 · In Why I Give
Families are truly the life-line of our region. They come in many diverse forms across our nine municipalities, and we must ensure families get a helping hand when they need it. This is a tremendous priority. Supporting families is also top of mind for our [...]
On January 28, 2014 · In Why I Give
Just months ago I had not heard of United Way York Region. Now I understand its crucial role in sustaining my community, and I am doing my part to help improve the lives of people in York Region. Working as [...]
On January 20, 2014 · In Why I Give
At United Way York Region, we feel that putting youth on the right path to success goes beyond helping ‘one kid at a time’. It means working hand-in-hand with communities to ensure that we are providing our next generation with the tools and resources [...]
On January 14, 2014 · In Why I Give
Last summer I was one of four students [...]
On December 16, 2013 · In Why I Give
For almost four decades, supporting our partner agencies has been an integral part of the work of United Way York Region. All 41 partner agencies remain quite close to our hearts, as they provide essential social services to hundreds of thousands of people throughout [...]
Leeson was 18 years old when she found out she was pregnant. One day as she walked down Davis Drive in Newmarket, she saw a sign that changed her life. Desperate, with nowhere to go and no one to turn to, Leeson went in and asked for help.