Strong Community with
Resilient and Healthy People

In a community where everyone matters, we support personal well-being and strengthen communities by investing in community mental health supports & services, neighbourhood & community development and programs that address gender-based violence and ensure wellbeing & resilience for all.

The issue

In every community, there are individuals and families that need support, people who face barriers to services or resources, and those who are socially excluded based on their identity, gender, race, age, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, ability, or economic status.

1 in 5

will experience a form of mental illness at some point in their life.

25 years

Adults with severe mental health problems and illnesses die up to 25 years sooner than adults in the general population.

2nd

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among Canadian youth.

1 in 3

caregivers in Canada are distressed, which can include feelings of anger or depression, or the inability to continue with caring activities.

25%

of seniors in Canada live alone, making them more vulnerable to social isolation.

Our response

Strong Community with Resilient and Healthy People United Way Elgin Middlesex allocated 41% ($1,885,712) of our Community Fund to support 20 programs focused on community mental health supports & services, neighbourhood & community development and programs that address gender-based violence.

Strong Community with Resilient and Healthy People
United Way Elgin Middlesex allocated 41% ($1,885,712) of our Community Fund to support 20 programs focused on community mental health supports & services, neighbourhood & community development and programs that address gender-based violence.

United Way Elgin Middlesex plays a key leadership and support role in the initiatives that bring key community stakeholders together to pursue a collective mission. These include:

The London Coordinating Committee is a network of organizations, groups and individuals in London dedicated to ending woman abuse through leadership and actions that achieve both social justice for women and an integrated response to abused women and their children.

The LMLIP is designed to help newcomers to Canada integrate in our community by assisting immigrants and connecting them with services and providing information to raise awareness about services and accessibility.

The outcomes

United Way Elgin Middlesex partners with local, front-line agencies to deliver vital programs and services that help improve lives, break down barriers, and create opportunities for our most vulnerable people. These include 24/7 crisis lines, mental health and addiction supports, and community-building initiatives. As part of our commitment to measuring our impact, we track and report how these investments make a difference.

31% of our investments support our ongoing commitment to individual and family counselling, supports for individuals and families experiencing intimate partner violence including programs specifically for women, children, and men.

Mental health challenges intensified during the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to drive demand for timely programs and services. United Way Elgin Middlesex subsidizes counselling, internship training, and support and social connection for individuals, family members and caregivers.

Increased funding for Indigenous-lead programs accounted for 11% of our granting dollars. This investment is important as our organization begins more intentional work on reconciliation. These programs support Indigenous families involved in the child protection system and provide basic needs and emergency food supplies and other food-based programs to families and individuals in our region.

In 2022/2023:

  • 1,181 clients received support through programs offered at Indigenous serving agencies.
  • 2,172 clients received support through programs primarily serving newcomers.
  • 185 clients received support through programs primarily serving people with disabilities.
  • 3,851 clients received mental health and addictions counselling supports.
  • A variety of 151 mobility or assistive decides were distributed to adults and seniors with a permanent disability.
  • 4,581 people increased their ability to cope and increase their sense of well-being.

Click here to learn more about United Way’s Strong Community with Resilient and Healthy People Strategy.

Roxanne Riddell
Director, Community Impact
Ph: 519-438-1723
Ext. 223
rriddell@unitedwayem.ca

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