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United Way Halifax is investing $1.3M to fund 33 community organizations and 34 programs in 2019-2020 (April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020).

pdfUnited Way Halifax Funded Agencies 2019-2020

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Sarah White
Marketing & Communications Officer


Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Holiday Hours

Our office will be closed at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 20, 2018 and will re-open at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 3, 2019.

Donate: Make a donation online and receive an automatic receipt via email.

Looking for help: 211 is a free, confidential information and referral service to more than 3,000 community and social services across Nova Scotia. It is available 24 hours a day, 356 days a year. Dial 2-1-1 to speak to a staff member or visit

Questions: If you have any questions during our holiday closure, please email or leave a voicemail at (902) 422-1501. Voicemails will be responded to within one business day and emails will be responded to when the office re-opens on January 3.

Thank you and we wish everyone a very happy holiday season and all the best for 2019!


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

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