Healthy People, Thriving Communities

Ensuring our communities are great for everyone, by creating a sense of belonging, building connections, and improving overall well-being.

The Issue

1 in 5 seniors report feelings of loneliness.
1 in 4 people in Guelph-Wellington feel like they don’t belong.
1 in 5 people in Canada will experience a mental health problem or illness.
59% of people found it somewhat difficult or very difficult to navigate a support system during the pandemic.
35% of seniors reported that COVID-19 had a negative impact on their health.
70% of immigrants and visible minorities reported experiencing discrimination in Guelph.

Reasons We Care

A community is only as strong as the sum of its parts. Strong, supportive, and inclusive communities are vital for all of us to thrive. However, in many neighbourhoods across Guelph, Wellington, and Dufferin, local residents are dealing with complex issues that prevent them from building a good life.

When someone’s mental health is compromised, it can negatively affect all aspects of their life, from education and career, to relationships and overall well-being.

People who are connected to others and their community tend to be happier and healthier. Belonging and participating are ways to get emotional support, feel valued, decrease social isolation, and give back to the community.

What We Can Do, Together.

United Way partners with local, front-line agencies to deliver vital programs and services that focus on belonging, inclusion, and connection to support in our communities. These include:

  • Walk-in counselling programs and mental health distress lines that offer immediate emotional support and coping strategies, no matter your income level.
  • Day programs for seniors, to help reduce feelings of isolation and provide support to caregivers.
  • System navigation support to help those struggling to find the help they need.
  • Resident-led, community, and neighbourhood-building initiatives to build a sense of belonging and increase connections.

Together, with your investments, we’re creating healthy communities where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.