You’ve seen the photos and read the stories of desperate families coming to Manitoba recently; fleeing uncertainty, oppression and violence in their homelands with the hopes of a new beginning and a better future for their children.
Families are scared and alone, strangers in a new country. Winnipeg service providers on the front lines of caring for them are overwhelmed. With more families expected as warmer weather approaches, the need for help is greater than ever.
The first 30 days are critical.
After 30 days, families with refugee claims can apply for work permits and access supports to help them become independent. Prior to that however, the burden falls largely to Winnipeg service providers to care for these families.
That’s where we all come in.
In Manitoba, we’re lucky to have a collaborative and coordinated approach to help all newcomers, thanks to the leadership of the Government of Manitoba and established networks such as the MANSO (Manitoba Association of Newcomer Serving Organizations) and IPW (Immigration Partnership Winnipeg) & all the service providers throughout our city who work tirelessly to meet the needs of all community members. In fact, United Way donors already support 23 agencies that work with newcomers & refugees—but more help is needed now.
You can make a difference.
Your donation or gift of much-needed items will help provide families and service providers with critically needed supports, such as safe shelter, clothing, food, personal support and more.
Your generosity is a message of welcome to these families.
Together we can surround them with love, understanding and hope as they start to build a better life in their new home.
There are other ways to help in addition to donating money.
While there’s no question that money is critically needed, so are non-financial items. As new groups arrive and others become more settled, needs are rapidly changing. We will be updating this page often to reflect the most urgently needed items, and where they’re needed. Stay close to United Way’s Twitter and Facebook feeds or email Day of Caring for ongoing updates.
Urgent needs – updated March 1, 2017
|Gift Cards (grocery, pharmacy, etc)||United Way 580 Main, Mon-Fri 8am-6pm|
|Bus tickets||United Way 580 Main, Mon-Fri 8am-6pm|
|New personal hygiene items||Contact Day of Caring|
|New socks & underwear||Contact Day of Caring|
|Volunteers||Updates coming soon|
In the coming days and weeks, United Way will continue to work closely with community partners to keep Winnipeggers up-to-date on the situation and how we’re making a difference together.
Questions about donating? Here are some answers.