News Releases


October 11, 2018

Sarah White
Marketing & Communications Officer
United Way Halifax


United Way and Pantone Color Institute join forces to make local issues unignorable

You can’t solve a problem if you don’t know it exists. In our busy world, important local social issues can often go unnoticed. United Way wants to change that. That’s why, United Way has partnered with the Pantone® Color Institute™ to create Unignorable – a brand new colour developed specifically to highlight local issues and bring attention to the millions of Canadians impacted by them. This new colour is the foundation of the United Way’s largest national integrated public awareness campaign to date.

The multi-media, fully integrated national campaign, draws on a long tradition of art for social change. It includes images designed by award-winning international illustrator Malika Favre, whose bold pieces have appeared on the cover of The New Yorker and within campaigns for Vogue, BAFTA and Sephora. Favre’s customized designs will captivate onlookers with the Unignorable colour at the forefront, while the illustrations will command attention for issues that hold too many Canadians back: poverty; youth unemployment; social isolation; domestic violence; hunger; mental health; education inequality; and homelessness.

If you want to experience Unignorable, join United Way Halifax this Saturday at Nocturne.

Date: Saturday October 13, 6PM-Midnight
Location: FBM | 1660 Hollis Street (HS1), Halifax

(HALIFAX, NS)  SEPTEMBER 4, 2018 – The Halifax Assistance Fund (HAF) is partnering with United Way Halifax and Volta to host the second annual Harold Crowell Social Innovation Awards. Online nominations open today and will celebrate the vision, creativity and accomplishments of community champions who are finding new ways to tackle the issues of poverty.

A total of $10,000 will be awarded to the top three finalists, to invest directly into the poverty initiatives, social enterprise, project or program for which they are nominated. Senator Colin Deacon, who led the creation of the Awards for the HAF is pleased to be able to offer the awards for a second year. “We were really impressed by the quality of the nominees last year,” says Deacon. “Our community has many talented social innovators who are finding creative ways to make a real difference in the lives of the people and the organizations they serve.”

Last year, Jessie Jollymore took home the top prize for her work with Hope Blooms and other community projects in North End Halifax. Deborah Dickey, executive director of the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre and Melissa Phillips of Shelter Nova Scotia were also finalists.
Nominations will be reviewed by a selection panel made up of representatives and volunteers from the Halifax Assistance Fund, United Way Halifax and Volta, as well as community members. The awards will be presented on Wednesday, November 14 and a Social Innovation Summit will celebrate the nominees and the potential of social innovation, on November 24. Full details about the awards can be found at

About these awards
The Halifax Assistance Fund, United Way Halifax and Volta are partnering to deliver the Harold Crowell Social Innovation Awards. The late Harold Crowell, a long time Halifax Assistance Fund board member, is widely recognized as Halifax’s original “social innovator”. A key goal of this awards program is to engage individuals from the social sector, business and tech start-up communities to foster an active culture of innovation that has meaningful impact in the Halifax Regional Municipality.

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Media Contact:
Sarah White
Marketing & Communications Officer,
United Way Halifax


Second annual Bhayana Family Foundation Awards will recognize seven community change workers

(HALIFAX, NS) June 7, 2018 – United Way Halifax and the Bhayana Family Foundation will honour seven people committed to community change on Friday, June 8. United Way partner organizations nominated front-line staff and volunteers who offered extraordinary contributions to the community. Each recipient will receive $1,000 to be used for personal or professional development so that they may better do their work.

Jackie Rivers was nominated by Alice Evans at The Club Inclusion for the creativity and energy she brings to the organization every day. “There seems to be no limit to the effort and ingenuity that Jackie brings to her work,” Alice says. “Her expertise, attention to detail and understanding of the issues that affect people who have significant disabilities has meant that The Club Inclusion can accommodate those who others turn away.

The awards are made possible by a generous donation from the Bhayana Family Foundation. Raksha Bhayana, a former member of United Way Toronto’s Board of Trustees, says the awards were created to shed light on the positive impact of front-line staff. “Every single day they are in the trenches of difficult and demanding jobs, facing obstacles, fighting for justice and making a real difference in their community. They give tirelessly day after day, but their efforts often go under-recognized by all of us.”

The awards will be given out on Friday, June 8 at 1:00 p.m. at the Halifax Central Library, and will honour:

Roseanna Cleveland, Take Action Society
Trina Elliott, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Halifax
Betty MacDonald, Society of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Nova Scotians
Jackie Rivers, The Club Inclusion
Vanessa Sibley, Veith House
Michelle Webb, Family SOS
Sara Wheler, YWCA Halifax

About United Way Halifax
United Way Halifax is an impact organization that powers change in our community. We want Halifax to be a city united by compassion, rich in opportunity and free from poverty. In 2017, United Way Halifax invested over $4 million in our community – funding a network of community agencies and non-profit organizations. United Way Halifax believes in a strong network of community services. We target funds to community programs to address immediate needs and mobilize on-the-ground efforts to tackle persistent social issues at their root. Key areas of focus include poverty solutions, affordable housing and homelessness, and inclusive communities. In this work we fund a network of community agencies and partner with municipal, provincial, federal, non-profit and private sector organizations. That’s how we change lives today and for years to come.


Media Contact
Sarah White
Marketing & Communications Officer, United Way Halifax

Monday, 7 May 2018

92nd Annual AGM

Ending Poverty Together

Open to any members of the public, our 92nd annual general meeting is part of our commitment to the community we serve. Our annual report will be distributed, and Board of Directors changes and community award recipients will be announced. 

When: May 22, 2018
Time: 3:00-5:00 p.m. 
Location: Life Sciences Research Institute, 1344 Summer Street, Halifax

Please RSVP by May 15 by contacting Lucy Hulford at  or 902-461-3064.

Monday, 16 April 2018

Thank you volunteers!

April 15 - 21 is National Volunteer Week, and we would like to recognize the efforts of volunteers from across the city who have stepped up to help out. 

In 2017, United Way Halifax volunteers gave 53,784 hours of their time -  they improved 71 community spaces and 76 community organizations benefitted from their time and talent. Volunteers helped run fundraising campaigns across 227 organizations in city and many helped to educate 670 people grow their empathy and understanding of poverty. They helped us in our decision making at the board and committee level. 

 United Way would not exist without the ongoing support of volunteers in our community. Every day, volunteers step up to ask how they can help strengthen our city. 

Thank you!

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