The secret to happiness.

Turning five is a special event in anyone’s life, and for her fifth birthday Braelyn had a special idea.

“She decided she wanted to do something,” said Braelyn’s aunt, Shania Pruden.

“We were talking and she doesn’t like it how some kids can’t afford new clothes for school.”

Braelyn, with her aunt Shania, made her birthday about compassion and caring for kids.

Braelyn, with her aunt Shania, made her birthday about compassion and caring for kids.

For her birthday Braelyn asked friends and family to donate items for children, and on Tuesday she showed up at United Way Winnipeg with five bags of clothes and several backpacks.

The clothes – boys and girls items for winter and summer – will go to children at a neighbourhood family centre in Winnipeg.

When asked how she felt knowing that her caring generosity will help kids and families, Braelyn thought for just a second before answering.

Happy,” she said.

A collection drive is a wonderful way to give back to our community. They can be hosted by individuals, like Braelyn, or groups of people at schools and workplaces. Clothes, school supplies, baby items, non-perishable food, household items and more are all much-needed items in our community.

To learn more about hosting a collection drive contact Melissa Burgess, United Way’s Community Involvement Manager, at (204) 924 4273 or email her at

179 million thanks to our generous federal employees and retirees!

Federal employees and retirees give back to their communities, with over $179 million donated to United Ways across the country in the past ten years.

We’re proud to have the 3rd largest federal employee and retiree campaign right here in Winnipeg! Your generosity is amazing, and together we’re working to build stronger communities.

Thank You Federal Employees and Retirees

Thanks to United Way Ottawa for preparing and sharing this infographic.

Want to feel awesome? Give on #GivingTuesday.

Black Friday. Cyber Monday. The holiday season has many of us shopping til we drop, stuffing stockings and spending money.

A recent survey says, however, that many Canadians don’t actually want or need anything, and that the overwhelming majority would prefer a gift that gives to someone else.

Science already shows that giving makes us feel good, particularly when we know who it is that will be helped.

Infographic - What do Canadians really want for the holidays?

Giving Tuesday is an idea meant to turn people’s thoughts to giving back to their communities after the commercialism and commerce of holiday shopping kicked off by Black Friday. It’s a chance to remember there are people who need help at all times of the year.

There are many ways you can give back this holiday season. Smile at a stranger. Donate your gently-used children’s outerwear to Koats for Kids. Stuff a stocking with a Sweet Seats Ultimate Jets Raffle ticket. Or make a donation to United Way’s annual campaign, which will make a real difference right here in Winnipeg. You’ll feel amazing, and so will the Winnipeggers who benefit from your gift.


You CAN change a life.

We’re consistently amazed by Winnipeggers’ generosity, and hope you know just how important your donations are. Last year you gave nearly $20 million, and that money is making a big difference in our community. Thank you.

“When you support United Way, you’re supporting hundreds of programs and services all around Winnipeg.”

Our annual fundraising campaign kicks off next week, and we hope you already notice the changes—great and small—that your support creates. For Bill and Cassandra, it made all the difference in the world.