Healthy and safe communities are ones where everyone is included and feels a sense of belonging and value. However, many marginalized groups in our communities, such as seniors, members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, racialized individuals, newcomers to Canada, those with low incomes, young people in need, and people with disabilities or mental health challenges, do not experience this sense of belonging. This impacts their ability to fully and fairly participate in their community, access help they need or lead meaningful, healthy lives. By working together, we can support the wellness and belonging of everyone who lives in our communities, leading to strong, stable neighbourhoods.

17% of residents in Halton and Hamilton rate their sense of belonging to the community as weak.


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Invested in 37 programs

Helped more than 23,207 people

This year, your gift to United Way goes further, thanks to the Local Love Community Match. For every $4 donated, $1 will be matched by generous community members. That means you’ll have an even bigger impact on our community and help more individuals and families improve their lives, locally.


Supports a group for one week that promotes healthy youth development and allyship for development and allyship for youth of colour and 2SLGBTQIA+ identities.


Provides a senior with a month of virtual programming to help enhance their quality of life and to promote inclusion.


Would increase the social inclusion of 15 young adults with developmental disability through a dinner out with their peers.


These are challenging times, but together, we are ensuring that those in need have access to the help they deserve today, while building a better tomorrow – for everyone.

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Laura SalvatoreLocal Issues – Isolation

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