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Your story can make all the difference

The change we make in our communities wouldn’t be possible without donors like you. Part of your legacy will be that you helped make our region a better place to live.

Whether you’re a recipient or donor, a volunteer or a partner, your story can move others to help change lives. Check out the stories below, and be inspired to add your own. We want to hear from you!

See what others have shared

Donor reacts series 

We asked Atul, a United Way donor, to tell us how it made him feel to see parents like Roxanne get much-needed support. As a parent himself, he knows how important it is to support your whole family’s mental health and wellbeing.

Donor reacts series 

Judy told us that when she struggled with addiction, United Way provided much-needed support. Now, she’s a United Way donor because she knows firsthand the meaningful impact her donation will make in someone’s life.

Donor reacts series 

We asked Dilhari, a United Way donor for more than 20 years, to tell us how it made her feel to see kids like Justice and Avery benefiting from United Way’s work in the community. 

Andy’s story

A proud community supporter, Andy Cotnam of the Fireplace Center and Patio Shop gives to United Way to ensure his dollars are invested where they are needed most and will have the greatest impact.

Giancarlo’s story

Long-time supporter of GenNext, Giancarlo, shares what Pride means to him, why he chooses to advocate for 2SLGBTQ+ issues in his community, and why he supports GenNext.

Takako’s story
Takako tells us why she wanted to volunteer with United Way as a Workplace Campaign Lead at DataKinetics. She knew many people suffer in silence without appropriate supports. And United Way will be there to help the most vulnerable find the resources they need.

What inspires you to give back to your community?

Share your story in just three easy steps, fill out the form below, review, and submit.

Thought starters

Not sure how to begin? Check out our “thought starters” first, for ideas to help you frame your story in a powerful way.  

In what way(s) have you chosen to donate? I.e time/financial 

What/who inspired you to become a donor? 

If you were motivated to support United Way East Ontario because of a personal experience: what impact did it have on your life? Or the lives of your family or community?  

What does being part of United Way East Ontario’s impact mean to you? 

Describe your partnership with United Way East Ontario. 

How long have you been a partner? 

What/who inspired you or your company/group to get involved with United Way East Ontario? 

Tell us about your company/group values. 

If your partnership includes financial giving: what makes this a good fit for you? 

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