United, we are stronger

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You may have recently read about the United Way and its struggles to reach its campaign target this year. What does this mean for our community?

Through the House of Friendship (HOF), United Way helps thousands of people in our community living on low-income, people just like you and me.  Each year, HOF programs:  Emergency Food Hampers, the Charles Street Men’s Hostel, Live and Learn and four community centres benefit from the United Way funding thanks to the  many gifts and pledges that community members make through their workplace campaigns and individual donations. In short, thanks to United Way our community has a much stronger social safety net, which is important, especially through tough times like these.

House of Friendship staff support United Way; to date we have pledged $9,400 to HOF’s 2011 United Way Workplace Campaign.

Why do we support United Way?

At a recent internal United Way Workplace campaign event we asked this question and this is what staff had to say:

“I remember”

“I see the impact in the work I do every day”

We remember the people we serve, we remember the people who need a hand up.

“I’ve received”

Like everyone in this community, many of us have had difficult times that we have had to struggle through.  We remember what it’s like, and why the work we do is important.

“I can”

“I care”

“I have been given so much”

At the moment, we have the resources to share, we know it is important and because…

“It is love”

“It’s not mine to keep” and “I feel compelled to be inclusive”

Many of us do the work we do because we feel a strong sense of duty to make the world a better, more welcoming place, and to share our love for our neighbours.

The people we serve feel similarly.

It may surprise you to know that throughout the programs that receive funding from United Way program participants regularly volunteer.  As one program participant and volunteer at the Charles Street Men’s Hostel said during the recent United Way Day of Caring, “I’m volunteering to give back.”

And isn’t that what community is about?  Giving. Receiving. Sharing in the good times. Supporting each other through the tough times.

The United Way has shared its concerns and hopes for this year’s campaign.  As a community and individuals we have a choice about how we respond.  House of Friendship staff have chosen to step up. Join us.

Think about YOUR reason for giving and support United Way and our community. We all benefit.

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