Healthy People, Strong Communities
What do we know?
People in our community need somewhere to turn in times of crisis.
Supporting the overall well-being of individuals and families is vital to building strong communities. Eliminating barriers and improving access to services allows people to contribute to community and develop a sense of belonging.
Social isolation is equivalent to the health effects of smoking 15 cigarettes a day. It is more harmful than not exercising and twice as harmful as obesity.
Seniors, newcomers, and people living in poverty may not be as healthy as other residents.
For United Way, healthy people are those who are physically healthy, have good social and emotional health, and have strong connections to family and community.
Creating a strong sense of community, is a key strategy in promoting health.
Help people facing barriers to connect to supports and community.
Your donation to United Way's Community Fund supports 35 programs that help over 6,000 people.
Your donation helps:
1,787 people received comfort and support as they experienced the loss of a loved one.
356 people who have recovered from a brain injury mentor others recovering physically and mentally from a brain injury.
1,356 children, adults and seniors learn how to prepare healthy meals and are provided nutritional, low cost meals.
For a full list of programs supported by United Way's Community Fund in your community, click here.
Better at Home
Do you know a senior needing help to stay at home? United Way's Better at Home program helps seniors continue to live independently in their own homes.
Read more about United Way's Better at Home program and find an organization offering Better at Home in your community.
Day of Caring
Employees who volunteer during a Day of Caring help to build community! A Day of Caring matches businesses with charities for a day of volunteering.
Read more about how your business can participate in a Day of Caring.