19 amazing things United Way Winnipeg donors are making possible

Donors like you are making a huge difference for Winnipeggers!

When we give united, all our gifts are pooled together into one big community fund that has enormous power to change lives in Winnipeg. Here are just a few of the wonderful, life-changing things our donors are making possible.

Your donation makes a huge difference, right here in Winnipeg.

1. Thanks to you, thousands of Winnipeggers are moving from poverty to possibility.

Donations are making 14 life and employment skills programs possible, teaching people how to get and keep jobs.

Your donation makes a huge difference, right here in Winnipeg.

2. You are providing more mental health supports for Winnipeg kids.

2,500 Winnipeg kids are improving their personal coping skills, so they can deal positively with life’s challenges.

Your donation makes a huge difference, right here in Winnipeg.

3. You are giving more children high-quality early childhood education.

Thanks to donor support and the For Every Family initiative, we rolled out an Abecedarian-based childcare training at two family resource centres, focused on early interventions to surmount some of the disadvantages of poverty and prepare children to start kindergarten ready to learn.

Your donation makes a huge difference, right here in Winnipeg.

4. You are helping newcomers and refugees feel at home in our city.

Donors are giving 24 newcomer- and refugee-serving agencies the power to introduce new Winnipeggers to our community, learn English, find housing and enroll in school.

New Winnipeggers who left war-torn countries are able to find art therapy and a place to belong and begin again.

Your donation makes a huge difference, right here in Winnipeg.

5. You are making sure kids who need help getting through school have the support they need.

Whether it’s a learning disability or cognitive impairment from a stroke, help is there thanks to you, for Winnipeggers experiencing intellectual challenges.

You are making 63 counselling, wellness, and education programs possible all across Winnipeg.

Your donation makes a huge difference, right here in Winnipeg.

6. Your donation is turning into a lifetime of financial stability.

Free tax clinics helped 23,000 Winnipeggers file their taxes, returning over $71,000,000 to their wallets. People are able to claim benefits and start saving for RESPs for their children’s future.

2,700 Winnipeggers living in poverty are moving toward financial empowerment through 12 asset-building and money management training programs that set them up for a stable future.

Your donation makes a huge difference, right here in Winnipeg.

7. Your generosity is turning the tide on homelessness in Winnipeg.

End Homelessness Winnipeg was selected to manage the federal government’s Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy dollars for the next year, bringing millions to our community to house and support Winnipeggers experiencing homelessness. End Homesslessness Winnipeg is also coordinating our city’s Extreme Cold Weather Response Plan, thanks to your continued support.

Agency partners are coming together to provide Winnipeggers living in outdoor camps with resources, supplies, and dignity, diverting calls to 911 and 311.

Your donation makes a huge difference, right here in Winnipeg.

8. Your gift is making sure people escaping violence have a place to go.

Our network of 24 family resource centres are open 20,000 more hours per year—many weren’t accessible during evenings or weekends previously, and they are a haven for people who need somewhere safe to go.

Thanks to your generous donation, they can continue to offer 7,000 more hours of additional programming like parenting programs and counselling.

Your donation makes a huge difference, right here in Winnipeg.

9. You’re opening the door to a life free from addiction.

Thanks to donors like you, people are receiving peer support and treatment for their addictions. Addiction can be a lifelong battle, but thanks to you, there is hope.

Your donation makes a huge difference, right here in Winnipeg.

10. You’re making sure Winnipeggers can work.

You’re making employment programs possible so people can learn how to tailor a résumé, prepare for an interview, and find employment in a field of their choice. This can mean the difference between social assistance and self-sufficiency.

Your donation makes a huge difference, right here in Winnipeg.

11. Thanks to you, a web of services is available to wrap around families.

Poverty is complex and the barriers it creates are extensive. But because you are supporting a city-wide network of over 100 agency partners, assistance is there to guide Winnipeggers through each challenge they face.

Often it takes a number of services to get a person housed, stable, healthy, trained and able to work at a fulfilling life.

Your donation makes a huge difference, right here in Winnipeg.

12. You’re making sure all Winnipeggers are valued and included.

People with intellectual disabilities can thrive in our community—they just need to be included. From volunteer work placements, to groups practicing social skills, to fitness programs—you’re making sure every Winnipegger has the chance to reach their full potential.

Your donation makes a huge difference, right here in Winnipeg.

13. You’re receiving gratitude from all over the city.

Many Winnipeggers look back, very fondly, on the mentorship and guidance they received as kids in after-school programs and beyond. From safe spaces to healthy snacks, they really needed you, and you were there.

They know that if it wasn’t for you keeping the doors open at 37 after-school and summer programs, their lives might have turned out very differently. And the 86,000+ kids in these programs today are counting on you just the same.

Your donation makes a huge difference, right here in Winnipeg.

14. Your gift is giving people purpose.

You’re making culturally appropriate mentorship available to young Indigenous girls and Two-Spirit youth struggling with belonging and mental health.

A connection to ceremony and each other is making a world of difference in developing self-confidence and potential.

Your donation makes a huge difference, right here in Winnipeg.

15. You are a lifeline for people with disabilities.

Support groups that teach coping skills and information about living with disabilities are helping Winnipeggers deal with challenging new situations while meeting people who’ve lived through similar experiences.

You’re making these friendships and learning opportunities possible, enhancing the mental health and capabilities of people with disabilities.

Your donation makes a huge difference, right here in Winnipeg.

16. You’re connecting more Winnipeg kids with mentors.

Kids who have positive adult relationships and formal mentoring are more likely to finish high school and go on to post-secondary education.

Your donation is supporting the United Mentoring Network, which has already brought together 444 more kids with mentors.

Your donation makes a huge difference, right here in Winnipeg.

17. You’re saving a life.

12 counselling- and crisis-intervention programs you’re making possible with your donation are helping people struggling with depression, anxiety and addictions.

Now they know they’re not alone, and they have tools to cope positively in the future.

Your donation makes a huge difference, right here in Winnipeg.

18. You are connecting Indigenous youth with employment.

Through your support, the Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council is bringing together employers, job trainers, and Indigenous youth to explore TRC92: Youth Employment, facilitating the Winnipeg business community working towards truth and reconciliation and alleviating one of the root causes of poverty.

Your donation makes a huge difference, right here in Winnipeg.

19. Your gift is helping thousands of Winnipeggers find help close to home.

Your investment in 211 Manitoba, a service that brings geo-location to the search for social services, means that thousands of Winnipeggers, social workers, agency staff and police are finding exactly the right help as close to home as possible.

To our many thousands of generous donors—thank you for everything you are making possible in Winnipeg. This great work simply wouldn’t be possible without you!

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