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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.
On July 29, 2013 · In Why I Give
For almost four decades, supporting partner agencies has been an integral part of United Way York Region’s mission. Together with our donors, corporate sponsors and volunteers, we have been working to improve people’s lives by funding services and programs that meet the urgent needs of [...]
At United Way York Region (UWYR), we understand the daily challenges that our community members face. We also know that change begins with us and that it starts right here and now. We strongly believe that if we inform, engage and empower our youth, they can come together to create a lasting, positive impact in [...]
The youngest of three children, Scott Rae was born with Spastic Cerebral Palsy. Despite his condition, he has always lived a very busy and active life. However, when Scott was coming to the end of his high school career, his parents grew concerned about what was going to keep this young man involved and active [...]
Thanks to the support of local companies and their employees (all sizes and sectors), United Way York Region continues to help move people from poverty to possibility, build stronger and healthier communities, and empower our youth to be all they can be. Because [...]
On May 20, 2013 · In Why I Give
When tragedy strikes in our community, victims affected are often left confused, broken-hearted and unsure of where to turn to for help. Mandated for crisis intervention, Victim Services of York Region (VSY) is a United Way York Region (UWYR) agency partner that offers immediate emotional support, information and referrals along with other practical assistance [...]
On May 13, 2013 · In Why I Give
The York Region Food Charter was unveiled on March 20th in Richmond Hill. The charter is a guiding document for the development of coordinated food-related policies and programs across the region’s nine municipalities. Aligned with the food movement across Canada, it promotes a system from farm to plate that provides access to local, affordable [...]
On May 6, 2013 · In Why I Give
On March 21st, United Way York Region launched its Board Leadership and Impact Series. This four-part series, targeted to board members and senior leaders from organizations within the non-profit sector in York Region, digs deeper into how not-for-profits can achieve lasting social change and what role senior leadership plays to create a greater impact. [...]
On April 29, 2013 · In Why I Give
For over twenty years now Pathways for Children, Youth and Families of York Region has been a leader in delivering innovative support services to improve the lives of homeless and at-risk youth and families in our community. By providing a unique variety of programs and services [...]
On April 1, 2013 · In Why I Give
United Way York Region (UWYR) believes in the power of partnerships. Working hand-in-hand with other community-minded organizations, the government and socially responsible corporations, we all can create social change.
Acting as Community Entity for the federally-funded Homelessness Partnership Strategy (HPS) program, with [...]
On March 25, 2013 · In Why I Give
Like many communities across Canada, York Region struggles with youth homelessness. And while there are many factors that may contribute to this issue, unfortunately, there is no easy solution that can solve the problem.
Working in partnership with the Knowledge Mobilization Unit at York University and Stephen Gaetz, Director Canadian Homelessness Research Network (CHRN), United [...]
Until recently, mental health was not discussed much in schools. This has changed thanks to initiatives like the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) of York Region and South Simcoe’s Youth Wellness program. Funded by United Way, this program plays an important role in educating [...]
On March 11, 2013 · In Why I Give
As part of our vision of “Uniting People and Resources to Improve Our Communities,” United Way York Region is continually looking for ways to help our agencies effectively execute their programming and potentially fill in any gaps where resources may be needed. [...]
Brothers, partners, friends. These words best describe two young engineers from Iran who recently came to Canada. Roozbeh and Siavash Eshvandi left their homeland back in June 2011 in search of a better life. And thanks to a United Way York Region funded initiative, carried out by [...]
Imagine being new to this country – struggling with a new culture, environment and language. You long for the comforts of home, a familiar face or someone who understands why you miss your homeland. Now think about going through this struggle as a senior.
CHATS – Community & [...]