But while every child has limitless potential, too many Winnipeg youth are held back by limited opportunities. Mental illness and addiction, poverty and hunger, gang involvement and homelessness are keeping youth—the future leaders of our community—from leading the full, productive, healthy lives they deserve.
When I was in my mid-twenties, I decided to help create a stronger, more united Winnipeg where no child is left behind. Alongside several of my colleagues at the investment company I worked at, I began to volunteer at United Way Winnipeg to address the heartbreaking issues facing many Winnipeggers.
Seeing really is believing. In the last few years, I’ve witnessed how United Way Winnipeg donor-supported agencies like West Broadway Youth Outreach and Graffiti Art Programming are helping youth to explore their talents, gain impactful opportunities, and reach their potential. When we set up youth for success so they can become their very best, it’s amazing what that can do in their lives and for the entire community.
After getting a glimpse of the real impact United Way Winnipeg has in the community, it became obvious to me that this was an organization I needed to support financially, too.
As a Leader with United Way Winnipeg, my donations have exponential impact. I’m investing in over 100 agencies and programs that Winnipeggers access over 340,000 times a year. I’m helping to provide sustainable and stable funding so these agencies can focus on addressing complex problems in our community, instead of worrying about payroll or if they’ll have funds next year.
Even better, 100% of donations are invested right back in the community for people who most need it, thanks to an operating grant provided by the government that covers fundraising and administration costs.
I’m proud to live in such a caring, generous, resilient community. And I want my daughter to be as proud of Winnipeg as I am. I want Jayelle to live in a city that is a beacon of hope for the people who live here.
I love this city—and when you love something, you nurture it. You protect it. You fight for it. Because I love Winnipeg, I want it to be a place where we Rally, Revive, and Thrive.
There is no organization in the city that is having a bigger impact than United Way Winnipeg—and you can be part of that legacy, too. Join me in strengthening our community, one life at a time.