Ashara Meidell

One Big Question: Homelessness and Shelter in Waterloo Region

Homelessness and Shelter in Waterloo Region Today’s guest blogger is Brian Kamm. In his role as Specialist, Community Investment at United Way Waterloo Region Communities, Brian hears from Partner Agencies and other community stakeholders about the realities of poverty in Waterloo Region.  “It’s easy to take sides and point fingers at who is responsible or …

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Nancy Bird: Senior Director of Community Investment, UWWRC

People of United Way WRC NANCY BIRD (Senior Director of Community Investment, United Way Waterloo Region Communities) You never really want to be the one that needs help, but it is so appreciated when you can be the one to step up and help someone else. There has been a lot of media coverage about …

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John Neufeld & Margaret Lucas: Leadership Team, House of Friendship Waterloo Region

People of United Way WRC JOHN & MARGARET (Leadership Team, House of Friendship Waterloo Region) This work with those struggling with poverty or addiction changes us as people so richly share their difficult journey of real struggle with us. You see the beautiful side of humanity and gain a deeper understanding. We’re all a little …

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Emily Layng: March of 1,000 Umbrellas Participant

People of United Way WRC EMILY LAYNG (Participant In the March of 1,000 Umbreallas) I’ve seen the work of St. Mary’s House with regards to helping teens who are pregnant find a safe place to stay while adapting to this new stage in their lives. They’ve built this support network by helping these young girls …

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Amanda Melnick: Senior Director of Philanthropy, UWWRC

People of United Way WRC AMANDA MELNICK (Senior Director of Philanthropy, United Way Waterloo Region Communities) It’s really easy to think that one small action of an individual, whether that be a donation, or an hour of volunteer time, doesn’t really matter. It’s a barrier for people to get involved. My personal values have been …

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Kevin’s Story: Hunger in Waterloo Region

1 IN 20 HOUSEHOLDS  in Waterloo Region experience hunger. 1 in 3 food bank users are children under the age of 13. (Source: Community Food Assistance Network) Turning to a food bank for help can be a difficult choice made harder by the stigma attached to poverty. That’s why creating a safe and judgment-free environment is …

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Emily’s Story: Finishing High School

1 IN 5 YOUTH   in Waterloo Region won’t graduate from high school. High school graduation rates in Waterloo Region are approximately 4 points lower than the provincial average of 86%. (Source: Ontario Ministry of Education – 2016 Graduation Rates Across the Province). Emily started falling behind in school after issues at home led to her moving …

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Mike’s Story: Overcoming Addiction

1 IN 3 PEOPLE   lack a sense of belonging in Waterloo Region. (Source: 2018 Canadian Index of Wellbeing – A Profile of Wellbeing in Waterloo Region) Mike had been living on the street when he first started visiting a drop-in program funded by United Way. But he continued to participate even after he found housing. “This …

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Waterloo Region

Big Brothers Big Sistersof Waterloo Region Many children and youth in Canada struggle with societal barriers and face adversities in their lives like detrimental living conditions, family violence, risk factors for mental health, school issues and identity challenges.These circumstances have nothing to do with the value of who they are or who they can become, …

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Joan Fisk: CEO, United Way Waterloo Region Communities

People of United Way WRC JOAN FISK (CEO, United Way Waterloo Region Communities) We all have a little bit to give. Some people have more, some people have less. Some people have their time to give. Some people have their checkbook. But in United Way’s world, a little bit from a lot of people is …

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