Advocate for Change

Speaking up about issues to bring about necessary changes to conversations, policies, and systems.

representatives from United Way, IONS, the Province and LOVE Nova Scotia pose together on a stage

Advocating for change is central to what we do. 

We consult with our partners and peers often. We gather information about local experiences of racism, poverty, food insecurity, and social isolation. And using those insights, we take steps to raise awareness, start important conversations, and effect change.

Sometimes this looks like advocating quietly. For example: speaking directly with elected leaders, working on investments and policy changes, or pitching stories to journalists to raise awareness of important issues.

Sometimes we raise our voice a little louder. For example: launching campaigns, publishing blog posts, or collaborating with other organizations on bigger efforts that address a specific need.

Sector Recognition

Each year in partnership with Impact Organizations of Nova Scotia (IONS), the Province of Nova Scotia, and the Bhayana Family Foundation, we celebrate and recognize the incredible contributions of staff and volunteers in the nonprofit sector. The importance of this day is marked by an event and a proclamation from the Province of Nova Scotia.

At the event United Way and the Bhayana Family Foundation present The Invisible Champion Awards. These awards recognize the unsung heroes of the nonprofit sector who go above and beyond. Click here to read about the 2023 winners who are making life better for a whole lot of people in our province.

Need to Know.

Effecting change starts with understanding the issues. Each month, our team at United Way Halifax sends out an email update about a community issue we think everyone needs to know about. Each email takes less than five minutes to read. Subscribe to the monthly Need to Know update and you’ll be more informed about the issues facing our community and ready to take action.

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United Way Halifax In the Media

Affordability and quality of life:
CBC News
Global News

Housing and Homelessness:
CBC News

Social Determinants of Health:

Wildfire Recovery:
CBC News
CTV Atlantic

Award-winning ‘Doorbell’ Campaign:
The Message