NOTHING MATTERS MORE
Families and neighbours received help, because of you.
Seniors you helped to improve their wellness and sense of belonging
Children and youth you helped access basic needs and positive influences
Women you supported who face barriers to inclusion and prosperity
Total Agencies Supported
Total Programs Supported
Amplifying Impact in Community
Total value of in-kind donations distributed from our Community Donation Warehouse
Cleaning and hygiene supplies to offset operational costs for agencies providing residential housing facilities to clients in need of a safe place to call home
Diaper, infant and baby supplies and children’s items to parents and families in need
Electronics and home appliances to help individuals and families who are facing barriers
Housewares allowing people in need to create cozy new homes
Total value of gifts distributed from our winter Holiday Helping Hand program
Individuals who received a gift
Total recovered through free tax-filing clinics for modest-income community members
The Need in Our Community
of the 106 United Way-supported programs reported a significant increase in demand
of United Way-supported programs have waitlists
of United Way-supported agencies reported concern about maintaining operations and programming
of United Way-supported agencies are very concerned about staff morale, burnout and fatigue.
Emergency Needs in Community
After administering the crucial Emergency Community Support Fund in 2020-21, your United Way is a partner in the Community Services Recovery Fund (CSRF) – a $400-million commitment from the Government of Canada to support charities and non-profits as they build resilience and adapt to the long-term impacts of COVID-19.
The CSRF is a collaboration between United Way Centraide Canada, Canadian Red Cross and Community Foundations of Canada. In early 2023, we received 78 CSRF applications totalling nearly $7.5 million in funding requests. In the year ahead, we will strategically invest the $3.12 million allocated to your United Way through the CSRF in order to make the greatest impact in our community.
We would like to acknowledge and honour the land on which our organization works. This land is the traditional territory of many Indigenous communities, including the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, Erie, Huron-Wendaat, and Mississaugas, and we are grateful to live, work, and play, in the spirit of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum. We are privileged to share this land, and take time to reflect truthfully and be in community with Indigenous peoples in the spirit of Reconciliation.
A Message of Reflection
It has been a year of transformation and unpredictable change. Yet, beyond these challenges, we have all come together for the love of our community and one another. This report represents the impact you have had on the lives of individuals and families.
Our community’s 2023 Impact Report showcases the critical work that local programs are delivering to improve the lives of families, children, youth, adults and seniors. You’ve made all the difference.
The aftershocks of the pandemic remain, with so many of our family, friends, neighbours, and co-workers experiencing ongoing mental health and social isolation challenges. When coupled with the economic and cost-of-living crisis, many more people are facing hardship and struggling to make ends meet.
However, thanks to you, our generous and dedicated supporters, together we raised $11 million.
Those dollars will be invested in our community to fund programs that are tackling the devastating effects of poverty, helping kids and youth to reach their full potential, levelling the playing field for those facing systemic barriers, and fostering mental wellness, safety, and community inclusion among everyone.
We are incredibly grateful for the trust you’ve shown in United Way to lead the path to mobilize action and innovation.
Together, Halton and Hamilton have repeatedly shown the resilience, heart, and unity that define great places to grow up, live, work, raise families and grow old.
Thank you for your Local Love and for making possible the inspiring stories we are honoured to share with you in this Impact Report.
President and CEO, United Way Halton & Hamilton
2022-23 Chair, Campaign Cabinet, United Way Halton & Hamilton
Vice President of Canadian Commercial Banking, BMO Financial Group
Chair, Major Giving Cabinet, United Way Halton & Hamilton
Board Director, United Way Halton & Hamilton
Chair, Board of Directors, United Way Halton & Hamilton
Managing Partner, O’Connor MacLeod Hanna LLP