It’s been just over a year of pandemic life.
We learned new words like ‘COVID-19’ and overused old ones like ‘pivot’. Social distancing, face masks, sanitation protocols and colour-coded zones became part of daily life. For some, it’s been a time to pause and dig deep with family. For many others, it’s been a time of uncertainty and extreme precarity: job loss, skyrocketing demand for mental health services, and increasingly visible homelessness have thrown the inequities in our society into sharp focus. This is a story about an extraordinary year at United Way. And it’s a story about our community uniting in local love.