Giving everyone a fair shot at a good life

The #LoveLove Letter, United Way Elgin Middlesex

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Kelly Ziegner, President & CEO United Way Elgin Middlesex

Investor. Connector. Advocate.

At United Way, these are the roles we play as we tackle poverty so that everyone has a fair shot at a good life right here in Elgin Middlesex. And these are the roles you play too when you support United Way through your contributions, your volunteer time, and raising your voice to create lasting change.

United, we accomplished so much this past year. We transformed how we invest in our community by sharpening our focus on reducing poverty and increasing support for equity-seeking populations. We collaborated across sectors to develop strategies for a fair and equitable pandemic recovery. And we advocated for policy solutions that address the root causes of social issues our community grapples with.

I invite you to dive into our new Impact Report to learn more about how you are helping United Way improve lives locally. Discover Ashamaawaso (he/she feeds a child), a program by and for urban Indigenous families that addresses food scarcity and more. Be inspired by volunteers who rolled up their sleeves to help United Way meet the most urgent needs in our region. And see how convening partners and advocacy leads to action and change.

We’re an active ingredient in communities across this region. And you’re part of the mix.

On behalf of everyone at United Way, here’s to a safe and happy summer connecting with the ones you care about.

With gratitude,

P.S. Do you need help for you or a loved one? Call 211 anytime 24/7 to get connected to supports close to home. 

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