Multiplying Support for Families in Need

Family Day is around the corner, and I look forward to spending the day with my two amazing daughters. It’s a chance to create memories and spend some quality time.

As my children get older, finding activities they’ll enjoy is becoming challenging. The usual go-to options, like board games or a cozy movie night, no longer seem to have the same appeal.

So the pressure is on to make our Family Day special!

As I look forward to a day filled with family fun, I am reminded that many families in Halton and Hamilton face more pressing issues.

The past year has been a rollercoaster of economic uncertainty marked by soaring inflation, sky-high housing costs, and job losses.

Members of our community with lower incomes, those on social assistance, single-parent families, seniors, and those with disabilities are struggling to provide the most basic necessities. Many people are struggling to put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads.

Families across our community have been deeply affected by the disruption of economic stability we used to take for granted.

And the statistics coming from United Way-funded agencies speak volumes about the challenges we face. More than half of our agencies are reporting extensive waitlists, with 68% seeing a notable increase in the demand for their services. Some of the programs include food security, parenting, mental health, housing and educational support.

These numbers represent our neighbours, friends, or even family members who need a helping hand. And some in our community are facing the storm alone, without the safety net of family or close connections.

Family is the cornerstone of a flourishing society. Whether we are born into it, raised by it, currently nurturing it, or have chosen it, the influence of the family goes beyond individual households. Studies show that strong families contribute to safer neighborhoods and homes. When families are closely connected, there is a collective responsibility for the well-being of the community.

The challenges our community faces are real. But so is the strength that comes from standing together. It’s a reminder that we’re not just residents of Halton & Hamilton; we’re a family.

I’ve seen firsthand the impact of your generosity. The way our community rallies together to support those in need is nothing short of inspiring. It’s that feeling of togetherness that keeps us going, especially during tough times.

The sense of family and community we enjoy is made possible by your ongoing support. And it is impacting many lives!

On that note, I’m excited to share that it’s not too late to make a meaningful difference through our milestone Local Love Community Match campaign.

Through our #LocalLoveMatch, every $4 donation you make will be matched with an additional $1, thanks to the generosity of a dedicated group of community members and organizations.

Your donation will have a multiplied impact, directed towards supporting families in our community, ensuring that no one is left behind. Nothing matters more!

On behalf of everyone here at United Way Halton & Hamilton, Happy Family Day. I hope you can spend it with those you love, doing what you love.


Brad Park
President and CEO
United Way Halton & Hamilton

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