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Isolation

Social isolation is more than just loneliness; it increases risks of health issues, poverty, and mental health challenges. Overcoming social isolation is complex and difficult, but your donation is making it possible for individuals and families to participate in community, form and maintaining social networks, and establishing inclusive environments where they live, play, and work.

Isolation

Why We Need You

Healthy and safe communities are ones where everyone is included and feels a sense of belonging and value. However, many marginalized groups in our communities, such as seniors, members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, racialized individuals, newcomers to Canada, those with low incomes, young people in need, and people with disabilities or mental health challenges, do not experience this sense of belonging. This impacts their ability to fully and fairly participate in their community, access help they need or lead meaningful, healthy lives. By working together, we can support the wellness and belonging of everyone who lives in our communities, leading to strong, stable neighbourhoods.

17% of residents in Halton and Hamilton rate their sense of belonging to the community as weak.

How

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Number of people helped
5000

Building on last year’s overwhelming support of our Founding Circle donors, we are excited to announce the 2024 Local Love Community Match. This is YOUR unique opportunity to join a generous group, helping to build this year’s Campaign Match. Reach out to learn how YOU can inspire positive change for the community! 

$50

Supports a group for one week that promotes healthy youth development and allyship for development and allyship for youth of colour and 2SLGBTQIA+ identities.

$100

Provides a senior with a month of virtual programming to help enhance their quality of life and to promote inclusion.

$365

Would increase the social inclusion of 15 young adults with developmental disability through a dinner out with their peers.

Changing lives. Together.

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.

My husband and I moved to a new neighbourhood in 2007, where we felt safe and connected to the community. But my life took an unexpected turn when I lost...

“Losing my house and my kids was probably the hardest thing. I lost everything. Following an arrest, I realized I was an addict and needed help. At the time, every...
“I have always been a gregarious person, so the pandemic proved especially tough for me. Here I was confined all alone inside the seniors’ home where I was living. I...
“My wife, Shanta, has Alzheimer’s. Before I found United Way, it was very difficult. She’s the patient, but I was the sufferer—she didn’t know what was wrong, but I did,...
“I was born in Kazakhstan, in a village called Merké, where I lived until I was 16. Then, I left to study medicine, and I met my husband, who is...
“As a person with an intellectual disability, it’s not always so easy for me to reach out to others. Yet, I know I have much to offer because I am...

Are you or someone you know needing support?

Reach out by dialing 211—a free, confidential, 24/7 service available nationwide in Canada. Accessible in over 150 languages via phone, web, and text, 211 connects individuals to the appropriate information and services. Every day, this helpline offers a lifeline to care and resources for those in vulnerable circumstances, including seniors, newcomers, Indigenous communities, and beyond.