Monday, 14 March 2016

United Way Halifax Invests in Community Change

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(HALIFAX, NS) March 14, 2016 — After the latest funding approval, United Way Halifax board of directors is pleased to announce that 78 programs delivered by 51 different funded agencies will be supported through the next year.

“All of this is possible because of our generous donors. They believe it’s important that we live in a city, rich in opportunities, free of poverty and united by compassion for others,” said Sara Napier, President and CEO, United Way Halifax. “We are grateful to our donors and proud of the amazing community change we fund.”

One of the funded organizations is located in Dartmouth North. The Dartmouth Family Centre is increasing its support to the community with the opening of the Community Food Centre. Roxanne Manning, Executive Director of the Centre shared her enthusiasm for United Way support saying, “We are pleased to continue our partnership with United Way. As a community hub, we recognize the importance of good food in bringing residents together to address the issues that affect them.  Funding from United Way has supported Dartmouth Family Centre to build on our work in the community with the introduction of a community food centre where healthy food is the norm.  Residents have opportunities to grow, cook, share and advocate for good food in a welcoming community space.”

Another agency offers programs all across our city. Kate Shewan from The Youth Project helps design programs that make it easier for LGBTQ youth to find safe and supportive spaces where they can talk about their issues and challenges. Kate values funding partners and adds, “For many youth, getting downtown to access programming is difficult. With the support of United Way, and in partnership with Halifax Public Libraries, our Connect the Dots program offers LGBTQ youth the opportunity to access services within their own community. These monthly groups allow youth to build social connections, discuss issues with their peers and have fun in a supportive, facilitated environment. We are excited to have recently expanded to Musquodoboit Harbour, in addition to our existing groups in Sackville, Spryfield and Dartmouth.”

The YWCA is a unique and longstanding relationship that United Way has helped to foster as we tackle important issues together. Miia Suokonautio, Executive Director of the YWCA calls it a valuable relationship and declares, “this partnership allows the YWCA to be more effective in meeting our community’s needs.” United Way supports a program that provides housing support, parenting skills, and employment readiness for single mothers determined to raise their children and take advantage of opportunities to succeed.

Dedicated and diverse community volunteers are recruited to participate in the funding approval process. During the fall of each year they review applications, visit agency locations, interview agency staff and volunteers and meet participants to gain a thorough understanding of the program and its outcomes. Following this rigorous and detailed evaluation over the fall, recommendations for funding are submitted to United Way’s Board of Directors early in the new year.

United Way Halifax envisions our city, united in compassion, rich in opportunity and free from poverty. In addition to being a proud funder of community agencies, we are partnering with municipal, provincial, federal, nonprofit and private sector  organizations focused on affordable housing and homelessness, convening groups to reduce citizen isolation, promoting healthy living through physical activity and nutrition and empowering residents to strengthen their neighbourhoods. Founded in 1925, United Way Halifax has a long history of making this city a better place to live.

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2016 Community Investment Chart

Media Contact:
Amanda MacDonald
Marketing & Communications Officer, United Way Halifax

902-461-3082