Extraordinary Promise

This past year, we set the stage for transformation, both in the lives of the people we serve, and in the future of United Way itself.

We are again humbled by the loyalty and generosity of our community, enabling us to raise nearly $6 million. This funding is critical to the services provided by United Way Burlington & Greater Hamilton partner agencies. Through their innovative and dedicated efforts, the lives of hundreds of individuals and families are revitalized and transformed.

Like many charities, we’re feeling the effects of increasing competition, a soft economy, and changing attitudes about charitable giving.

We began discussions with our neighbouring United Ways; Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville, and found they too were interested in collaborating on a new strategy and structure. Resulting in United Way Halton & Hamilton (UWHH) – a new organization with the capacity to take on large scale issues through shared knowledge, staff and resources.

We’re maintaining a strong, local presence and continuing to ensure that money raised in each community stays in that community.

As we plan for future, we look forward to working alongside our UWHH colleagues, volunteers and partner agencies, we’re excited to be part of an evolution that offers extraordinary promise for each community.

Jeff Vallentin,

CEO United Way Burlington & Greater Hamilton

Interim CEO, United Way Halton & Hamilton

The New United Way Halton & Hamilton is Stronger Together

Our philosophy has always been in our name – UNITED. At United Way, we work best when we work together. We accomplish most when we work with employers and donors, with volunteers and partners, and with sponsors and community agencies. We are at our best when we join forces.

Now, four United Ways have become one. We have UNITED.

In April, the United Ways of Burlington/Hamilton, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville amalgamated into a single new organization: United Way Halton & Hamilton. Our new United Way serves more than 1,000,000 people in communities from Stoney Creek to Acton and while our mission is unchanged, what is different is the organization that works to deliver on that mission.
As we evolve, we are maintaining our focus on the individual communities that make up our newly expanded “home town,” so our donors will still be able to give locally and to know that their contributions will stay close to home. You will always be able to support your closest neighbours. That is the cornerstone of our work. The money you give in Hamilton will support agencies and programs in Hamilton. That’s our promise to you.

United Way Halton & Hamilton offers a stronger team of dedicated professionals, more efficient administrative processes and a scope that allows us to tackle the many social issues that cross municipal boundaries. This amalgamation will give our new United Way the tools to have an even greater community impact as we pursue the mission that has been so powerful for so long: To improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action.

This is an exciting time for your United Way. The changes we are undertaking today will enhance our community impact for years and decades to come. Please take some time to get to know your new United Way. The staff and volunteers here at United Way Halton & Hamilton look forward to working with you to continue improving lives locally.

Together, we are stronger!

 

 

 

Jeff Vallentin
Chief Executive Officer

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