Entries by Brian Bourke

GenNext-The Needle and the Damage Done

“I sing the song because I love the man, I know that some of you won’t understand”- Neil Young, The Needle and the Damage Done. Neil Young’s iconic song was written more than 40 years ago, describing the destruction he saw even among his own friends from heroin addiction. It resonates today as Waterloo Region […]

Making a Move

In April of 2017 we began the integration of United Way KW and Area and United Way Cambridge North Dumfries in to the new United Way Waterloo Region Communities. Since that time we have been operating in two separate locations.  Understandably this causes some challenges to create a cohesive team.    Having every one of our staff […]

Volunteers Power Affordable Housing.

 Each month United Way WRC, along with some of our media partners shines the spotlight on a local volunteer.  There are hundreds of opportunities for you to make a difference.  Our Kristen Feduck tells the story of Bryan Shows. For many of us, our home is an anchor.   It’s a sanctuary where we can relax […]

Tax Time-Preparation is key

As we move into the first few days of the New Year, it’s time to start thinking about your tax return.   As a registered charity, United Way Waterloo Region Communities provides receipts for donation made during the calendar year.      If you’re among our supporters who make donations through payroll deduction, your T4 Slip should state the […]

Poverty is not inevitable

Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is manmade, and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. And overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent […]

December 6: Remember and Act.

It has been almost 30 years since the horrific attack at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal, where 14 women were murdered.   Just because they were women. This article, from Raise the Hammer provides plenty of information on the issues surrounding violence against women. The Canadian Foundation for Women also has an insightful piece on the number of […]

What you don’t know: United Way in November

You’re forgiven if you think of United Way as an organization you might only hear about during a workplace campaign. Behind the scenes, there’s a lot going on, and not just in our offices.   Out there–in the real world where people are looking for information, and ways they can make a difference. Last month,  November of […]

The real work of United Way-Seeing is Believing

“I was shocked to discover how many people are falling through the cracks…you just assume there’s a system in place for everyone”- Seeing is Believing participant, October 2017   It’s a question we hear quite often.  “How does United Way work?” And we are more than happy to answer it.   Over the years we have […]

10 Reasons to support United Way this season

The period from Mid November through the end of the year is sometimes called “The Giving Season” A recent survey by Imagine Canada indicates more than 60 per cent of people want to make a donation during this time of year.   For many of us, giving now can be a powerful lesson for our kids….appreciating how fortunate they are, […]

Your part in ending homelessness and poverty.

It covers 10 years, and will invest some 40 billion dollars, but the work is just beginning for the National Housing Strategy announced by the Federal government. United Way Centraide Canada played a lead role in consultations on this strategy, backed up by the dozens of United Way agencies across the country, including United Way […]