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 place has become my community and my family,” says Mike. “It means I don’t have to spend all my time alone in my apartment.” For seniors living on their own, programs like this provide invaluable opportunities to find friendship and belonging.
United Way funding helped approximately 12,000 people become more involved in their communities by building a connection to their community centres, developing leadership skills or volunteering.
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United Way Waterloo Region Communities is dedicated to helping people live better lives in every one of the seven communities we serve. We are fundraisers who support a network of agencies whose programs and services are locally focused, informed, connected, and that help people like Mike reach their full potential.