Creating opportunities
for a better life
for everyone.

A chance to just be a teenager

Circle of Friends gives girls an opportunity to talk, bond. By Jessica Botelho-Urbanski for the Winnipeg Free Press.  Jordana Kilgour wheels into a conference room at St. James Collegiate and starts waving excitedly. The life of the party has arrived. … Continue reading

‘Essential to our well-being.’

Family Resource Centres give hope, purpose, and opportunity to families. A single mom can struggle to keep her family healthy. Signe Knutson has lived it, and is grateful for the compassion and help of a community family resource centre. “It … Continue reading

“I can do anything I want to.” Art helps Jessica find her path in life.

Jessica’s love of art began when she was a participant at a program supported by Winnipeggers’ donations to United Way. Today, she is employed by the same program, earning a living by making and teaching art to other young Winnipeggers. … Continue reading

Investing in youth-advocacy groups

YAA youth council opens door for 36 youth from 18 agencies to inspire change, break down ‘barriers and stereotypes.’ By Jessica Botelho-Urbanski for the Winnipeg Free Press.  For 20 years, the Youth Agencies Alliance (YAA) has advocated on behalf of children … Continue reading

“The kids feel it. They KNOW that somebody cares.”

After-school programs give kids a sense of belonging, a family away from home. Getting homework done, making friends, learning to cook, feeling cared about, knowing your neighbourhood. It’s the small securities that build kid’s confidence and so they can grow up … Continue reading

Non-profit offers hand up to families that need it

United Way-funded Oyate Tipi Cumini Yape helps families start over By Jessica Botelho-Urbanski for the Winnipeg Free Press.  As one of Millie Anderson’s clients puts it, living in poverty can feel like a constant struggle to climb out of a … Continue reading