Thank You Message from Brad Park

What Does Local Love Look Like?

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A New Life – Mariano and Patricia


United Way works with community partners to understand root causes, develop strategies to address them, and brings together the right resources to get the job done and measure results. Together, we create lasting change in this community in partnership with a number of organizations, including Community Development Halton and the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton.


United Way has a distinct history of community collaboration and a unique convening ability to bring together government, private, non-profit, labour and volunteers to mobilize community change. Drawing on the vast expertise available, we are able to make connections between people, organizations and the issues most pressing today.

Free helpline (211) connects residents
in need to community and social services 24/7 in 150 languages.

Financial Empowerment Problem Solving Offering free tax clinics helping low-income families file their taxes and receive vital previously unclaimed benefits.

Shared common vision with labour partners helping to build vibrant and healthy communities for the past 60 years.

National Housing Strategy played a lead role in influencing Canada’s first ever Housing Strategy, ensuring Canadians have access to affordable, safe housing.

Seniors Program promoting healthy living through education to seniors in their community.

Can You See Me? is a four week mental health awareness program offered in the workplaces and community groups.

ConnectEd is a series of agency educational sessions taught by industry experts. Topics build agency capacity by ensuring staff and volunteers have access to leading information.

All That Kids Can Be

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.

A Creative Outlet – Mackenzie

Numbers that Count


Solution Focused Programs


Children and youth were helped to reach their full potential

Children and youth engaged in learning

with improved academic performance


of children and youth were

assessed as ready to learn


children engaged in learning

Children and youth improved their

emotional and physical well-being


of children and youth showed positive changes

in personal sense of well-being

children and youth improved their well-being

Children and youth are connected to

and involved in their community


of children and youth reported

reduced feelings of isolation

youth made life-changing connections

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.

A Life-Changing Difference – Melanie

Numbers that Count


Solution Focused Programs


Neighbours have improved their financial security and independence

People have increased food security



of people had increased knowledge of healthy eating and strategies to access food


neighbours have the food they need

People work towards meaningful employment and financial stability


of youth were aware of and accessed skill-building and training opportunities

people have the skills to become financially stable

People receive support in achieving or maintaining housing


of people remained stable in their current housing with help from a program

people have the housing support they need

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.

The Journey to Rediscovery – Jackie

Numbers that Count


Solution Focused Programs


neighbours have improved their health and personal well-being

Seniors and people living with disabilities are aware of, and able to access counselling and supports


of people reported reduced feelings of isolation


people accessed counselling and supports

People have improved mental health and are better able to handle life’s challenges


of people showed decreased levels of distress due to program intervention

people accessed mental health supports

People are involved in their community and feel a sense of belonging


of people experienced strengthened social connections

people are more connected to their neighbours

Finding Purpose – AJ

Get Involved

GenNext creates opportunities for young professionals to support United Way and to get involved in our community.

The GenNext Committee organizes fundraising events, promotes volunteer opportunities and encourages the next generation to contribute to the community.

Learn more about GenNext

United Way Women United™ is a leadership group of community-spirited women who support the community, through their commitment to support United Way.

The objective of this initiative is to connect passionate women to help improve the availability of social services and proactively close the expanding service gap, so the needs of our growing population are well served.

Contact Gloria Vidovich to get involved.

Board of Directors

The people who give their time to make change happen

The volunteers who make up United Way Halton & Hamilton’s Board of Directors come from business, government, health and social service sectors, labour and the community at large. They are a true representation of what our community has to offer.

Donor Testimonials

Giving Back

Ken Small, Leadership Donor

Ken was married with two children and worked a great job, slowly making his way up the corporate ladder. Everything seemed to be going well, when one day, his wife left. He wasn’t worried at first, he had a good paying job, so he was able to support his two children, but then the recession hit, and he was laid off.
Ken struggled to find another job and ended up pumping gas for only $8.25 an hour. At a monthly income of just $1,000, Ken was able to pay for rent and babysitting costs, but there was no money left for food. With a baby just three months old, and a toddler, Ken felt he was failing them.
One day, a neighbour took Ken, and his kids, to a United Way supported food bank. He was able to feed and clothe his children, and that day left a significant mark on his life.
Ken is now in the position to be there for people like him, and has donations taken off his paycheque on a weekly basis. He also offers the services of his personal business for any United Way events.
“I honestly don’t know where my children and I would have been if it hadn’t been for United Way,” he says.

Message from Ken Smithard

Ken Smithard, President, Cogeco Connexion, Leadership Donor

Cogeco believes it’s a privilege and a responsibility to give back and is always seeking ways to support our local communities.
One of the ways we give back is through our long time support of the United Way. This past year, Cogeco ran its 11th United Way Campaign and provided support to this worthy organization, both corporately and through employee’s individual contributions both in Ontario and Quebec.
For a community to be great, it has to be great for everyone. With your support, United Way can ensure necessary services are available to help those in need.
Cogeco is grateful for the community’s continued support of United Way Halton & Hamilton; what’s raised local, stays local.

Your Support Counts

Every dollar counts. Whether you give through payroll or the workplace, attend a special event for United Way or give as a member of your community, you are improving lives locally.

Leadership Honour Roll

A special thank you to the Leadership Donors who are making such a difference in our community. Read the Leadership Honour Roll

Top 30 Workplace Honour Roll

Almost half of the funding United Way Halton & Hamilton received in the 2017-18 Campaign came from those who chose to make a local difference with a portion of their paycheque. Thanks to all of our donors, we were able to help those who needed a little help, a lot of help, a one-time intervention or ongoing assistance.

Ford Motor Company of Canada Limited
RBC Financial Group
TD Bank Group
McMaster University
BMO Bank of Montreal
UPS Canada
Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign

Ontario Public Service
L3 Wescam
City of Hamilton
ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc.
Cogeco Connexion
Hadrian Manufacturing Inc.
Halton Region
Alectra Utilities

Suncor Energy
Mattamy Homes Limited
Town of Oakville
Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board
The CUMIS Group Limited
Halton Catholic District School Board
Genworth Canada
Hamilton Health Sciences
Terrapure Environmental
John Deere Financial

Agencies & Programs List

See where your dollars are going in the community.

A full listing of United Way supported agencies and programs is available below via PDF

Download the PDF of Your Impact Report

Scott GallagherYour Impact Report 2017-2018