Creating opportunities
for a better life
for everyone.

Helping kids be all that they can be: Art Among Friends.

In the basement of artist Shirley Levacy’s Winnipeg home, the Great Blue Art Studio is abuzz with creative energy and conversation. Led by Shirley’s enthusiastic suggestions, three teens are painting together. Katie is a bright, outgoing girl who has taken art classes with Shirley since she was a … Continue reading

Healthy People, Strong Communities: Found in Translation.

A recent newcomer to Canada and Winnipeg, Yi Zhong is motivated to improve her English so she can integrate into her new home and continue with her career. She volunteers at the Immigrant Centre of Manitoba – a United Way … Continue reading

From Poverty to Possibility: Fixing the cycle.

Three years ago, Adrian Alphonso felt he was coming apart. Newly separated and troubled by addictions, Adrian was also deep in debt with few resources to support himself and his young daughter Elyse. Adrian went to Community Financial Counselling Services—a … Continue reading

An End to Homelessness in Winnipeg

Every single day, significant efforts are made in our city to support people who are homeless. Every day, lives are touched and, many times, changed. Despite all we are doing, it is not enough. “The whole system, my whole life, … Continue reading

Kevin’s Story

After complications from spinal surgery left him paralyzed from the waist down, Kevin didn’t know what to do or where to turn. Founded by veterans returning to Winnipeg from the war, the Canadian Paraplegic Association was there for him when he needed it most. Watch Kevin’s story now. Continue reading

“Sometimes kids need somebody.”

Caitlynn found a future at a United Way supported after-school program at YMCA-YWCA. Here she tells her story in her own words. Have you ever had trouble with kids in your neighbourhood? Something innocent like a knocked over garbage can … Continue reading