Impact Report for 2018/19 released by United Way

Impact Report United Way of Halton & Hamilton
Impact Report for 2018/19 released by United Way
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Brenda Hajdu

Brenda Hajdu

Brenda is Vice President, Marketing & Communications for the United Way of Halton and Hamilton. In her role, Brenda supports collective impact, cross-sectoral strategic partnerships, community development and government relations that advance the mission and support service delivery for more than 200,000 local residents.

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“This Impact Report highlights the many ways that your investment is connecting our neighbours to the social supports they need to live and prosper. As we continue on our course, we thank you for spreading local love that inspires and builds stronger communities by changing the odds,” stated Mr. Brad Park – CEO, United Way of Halton & Hamilton

What Does Local Love Look Like?

  1. Agencies Supported – 65
  2. Volunteers – 14,751
  3. Programs Supported – 129
  4. Volunteer Hours – 62,620
  5. People Helped – 202,421
  6. Dollar Value of Volunteering $1,441,335

Impact Report Highlights

Children and Youth Programs

United Way invests in programs that lay the foundation for lifelong success. These initiatives, which address goals from early literacy to leadership development, give our youngest citizens the experiences, skills and inspiration they need to become engaged and productive adults.

84,016 children and youth were helped to reach their full potential.

The Breakfast Club

“I love being part of the breakfast program because I don’t have to be hungry during class. When I’m hungry during class it’s hard to focus.”

Bullying

A youth initiative for our United Way is combating bullying. In fact 1 in 4 Ontario students experience bullying and/or cyber bullying. The programs outcomes helped 38,652 children and youth improve their emotional and physical wellbeing.

From Poverty to Possibility

United Way invests in programs that lay the foundation for lifelong success. These initiatives, which address goals from early literacy to leadership development, give our youngest citizens the experiences, skills and inspiration they need to become engaged and productive adults. These programs helped 50,362 people.

“United Way helped me rebuild my life. I was at rock bottom and now I’m on top of the world.” – Heather

Food Security

In Ontario, 12% of households do not know when they will eat their next meal. This past year, 44,692 people have increased access to healthy food.

Fresh Fruit

Photo credit: Jamie Street on UnSplash

Healthy People, Strong Communities

We fund programs that provide everything from recreation to parenting supports, with the goal of helping people build skills for independent living, manage mental health and medical issues, and provide opportunities to be part of a connected and caring community. 66,593 people were helped.

“Your donations have helped me thrive.” – Gary

Mental Health

1 in 5 people struggle with mental illness and of those, only 1 in 3 seek help. 47,819 people have improved mental health and are better able to handle life’s challenges.

“It all comes down to you. You are the reason, the hope and the inspiration driving change,” stated Mr. Park.

He continued, “Our community has seen many changes as our municipalities continue to grow. Yet, far too many of our neighbours are being left behind. This past year, you demonstrated local love and improved the lives of those most vulnerable, by choosing to invest in vital programs that thousands have relied on.

Your gift, volunteerism and continued support, helped over 200,000 individuals overcome obstacles and enter a journey of transformation, filled with hope and possibility.”

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