Entries by Ashara Meidell

One-on-One. It can all start with you

As far as I know, each of us is given one life to live. How we choose to write our life story is entirely up to us. Have you thought about what legacy you want to leave behind? Or what kind of impact you would like to have on the people that cross your path […]

Carving For a Cause

Kara Klypycz is all about the pumpkins. Well, not all…..she’s also devoted to helping out United Way.    Kara has been busy the last couple of weeks carving 150 pumpkins for her annual Halloween display.  It’s a family affair as her husband and two kids ready their home  on Dellgrove Circle in Cambridge for the lineup […]

Crunch Time for a National Housing Strategy

The Federal Government is expected to release its first National Housing Strategy in the next few weeks. United Way Centraide Canada has been a strong supporter of the National Housing Collaborative, which is working toward housing affordability as well as increasing housing supply, and the protection of social housing. United Way is already preparing for […]

One Day. One Goal

October 17th is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.   It’s a day which goes back three decades, from the original proclamation in Paris, France On the 17th of October 1987, defenders of human and civil rights from every continent gathered on this plaza. They paid homage to the victims of hunger, ignorance and violence. They affirmed […]

Mental Health and Poverty

Today, October 10th, is World Mental Health Day. The focus this year is on mental health in the workplace United Way Waterloo Region Communities partners with the Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington as part of the network of support which ensures people have the building blocks necessary to stabilize and improve their lives   As […]

A Community comes together: Change the Power of Poverty

Thanks to the Waterloo Record Community Partnership program, and a generous sponsorship from Manulife, we have been able to post a full page message about “Changing the Power of Poverty” You can see the full size ad here Poverty does have a tremendous power over a large number of people in our region.   1 in […]

Poverty-What can you do?

This is a growing region but what good is all this growth and advancement if we leave people behind in the process? In Waterloo Region, 1 out of 10 people live in poverty. Poverty has power over people’s lives. It causes isolation, food insecurity, poor health (both physical and mental), and ultimately it denies us […]

Change the Power of Poverty: Kickoff 2017

“This is unacceptable” United Way CEO Joan Fisk challenges the community. September 22, 2017 (Waterloo Region) The first campaign by United Way Waterloo Region Communities is underway with a simple message from new CEO Joan Fisk. “We need to change the power of poverty” says Fisk. “In an area known for its collaboration and innovation” […]

Big Brother, Big Sister Month: How We Help

United Way Waterloo Region Communities partners with Big Brothers, Big Sisters to provide experiences to children and youth which help them on their way to adulthood.  Supporting youth allows them to build self esteem, and social skills which enhance their learning.  Meet Bradley! Making a difference in the community begins with a thought, and that […]

Race around the Region Rally Location announced!

United Way Waterloo Region Communities is pleased to announce its rally location as we prepare for our kickoff Race around the Region. The Race is set for September 22nd.    Teams of up to five people will visit several locations in the region, and attempting some fun challenges. Once those teams have completed their tasks they […]