Too many children and young people lack the necessary support to reach their full potential, and the pandemic has further hindered their progress. By focusing on the physical, emotional, and educational development of young individuals, we can prevent the emergence of problems that often arise from childhood challenges. These issues include dropping out of high school, unemployment, poor mental and physical health, and ongoing poverty. With your support, we can invest in after-school programs, positive mentorship, anti-bullying initiatives, parenting supports, mental health services, and programs that boost self-esteem. These resources help children and youth unleash their talents and energy, contributing to the creation of strong communities and healthier societies throughout their lives.

The child vulnerability index measures a range of social, mental and emotional factors to rate overall school readiness in kindergarten students and highlights how many children are lagging behind. Hamilton’s child vulnerability rate is 31%. The number of vulnerable children in Halton has increased by 36% over a nine-year period.


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Invested in 56 programs

Helped more than 83,576 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.


Provides 100 healthy snacks or meals to ensure student success.


Provides for housing kitchen essentials as youth move into their home.


Provides 4 months of baby food & cereal for 6 babies in need.


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 – Youth Supports