More than 100 Winnipeg high school students gathered at Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre at Win Gardner Place and boarded busses for the annual United Way Youth Day of Caring.
Terumi Kuwada volunteered as an Agency Liaison Volunteer – helping guide the direction and impact of United Way agency partners – for about 13 years.
“I always came to the resource centre for the Fruit & Veggie Market anyway, and one day they needed help,” said Manilyn of how she started volunteering.
Jordana Kilgour wheels into a conference room at St. James Collegiate and starts waving excitedly. The life of the party has arrived.
“It makes it so having a low income isn’t so bad. You can make sure that your kids all eat well and have clean clothes and a good place to play.”
For 20 years, the Youth Agencies Alliance (YAA) has advocated on behalf of children and teens. Now they’re letting the youth speak for themselves.
Jessica’s love of art began when she was a participant at a program supported by Winnipeggers’ donations to United Way.
“It’s really great to give them a day where they’re pampered and have someone take care of them.”
After-school programs give kids a sense of belonging, a family away from home.
More than 6000 donated coats and thousands of hats, mitts, scarves and boots were distributed in the community to people in need.