“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.
Poverty is a complex and critical issue in Winnipeg, and United Way works with many partners who share the belief that any and all steps we can take towards ending it are important.
“Everybody is going through some kind of a mess, and sometimes you don’t know how to go towards a positive direction.”
“Seeing how hard it can be to survive. When you don’t have money for the bus to go cash a cheque or pay a bill it really becomes clear – it’s a new perspective.”
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.”
When we let race inform our perception and behaviour we limit ourselves – our opportunities and our ability to see the truth.
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.”