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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.


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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!

Monday, 18 December 2017

Holiday Hours

Our office will be closed at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 and will re-open at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. 

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 2. 

Thank you and we wish everyone a very happy holiday season and all the best for 2018!


(HALIFAX, NS) October 4, 2017 –– Big Erics Inc. is pleased to announce the donation of 550 table settings to charitable organizations across HRM, in partnership with United Way of Halifax. The regional leader for supplies distribution in multiple sectors, Big Erics is proud to be contributing to the community.

“We are thrilled to be able to make this contribution to the communities that we serve,” said Norm Mensour, CEO at Big Erics. “Supporting local is at the core of what we do and there is no better way to demonstrate that than by giving to the organizations who work tirelessly for others.”

As a member of multiple communities within Atlantic Canada, Big Erics has incorporated charitable giving and community support into its culture. By providing in-kind donations and supporting local fundraising events, Big Erics has been a proud partner of local not-for-profit and charitable organizations across the region for many years.

In order to identify where this donation, worth $30,000, would have the greatest impact, Big Erics partnered with the United Way of Halifax.

“United Way Halifax is proud to be partnering with Big Erics and would like to extend our sincere thanks for this generous donation,” said Daniel Blacquiere, Donor Engagement Officer at United Way Halifax. “The work done in our communities by our funded agencies is so incredibly important for individuals and families in our city and having the support from businesses such as Big Erics helps ensure that these non profits can focus on providing aid for those they serve.”

The donation will be shared with charitable organizations across the region. One of the recipients, Alice Housing, expressed gratitude for Big Erics and United Way:

“Alice Housing provides safe housing for women and their children fleeing domestic violence. Often, the women who are coming to us are having to start over with nothing. We work hard at Alice Housing to provide all the supplies a person would need to start up a new household but we can’t do it alone,” said Heather Bryne, the Executive Director. “A donation like this from Big Erics through the United Way is going to go a very long way in helping us provide these women with not only safety, but the independent fresh start they need.”

Recipient organizations will be picking up their donations at Big Erics on October 5, with generous transportation assistance provided by Enterprise.

About Big Erics
Big Erics Inc. is the largest distributor of restaurant supplies and equipment, janitorial supplies and equipment, automotive detailing supplies, and industrial chemicals in Atlantic Canada. Formerly Sani Pro Inc., Janitor’s Market Inc., and Big Eric’s Restaurant Supplies Ltd., Big Erics brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the industries it serves while maintaining a commitment to excellent customer service.

About United Way Halifax
United Way Halifax is an impact organization that understands community need and opportunity in Halifax and brings people and resources together to address them. We envision our city to be united by compassion, rich in opportunity and free from poverty. 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. In 2016, United Way Halifax invested over $5 million in community. This investment includes funding to 48 agency partners, neighbourhood development, 211, the mobile food market, our collective work on issues of housing and homelessness, as well as distributing donor designated gifts to worthwhile charities in our community.