We’re looking for a few good ideas. Forever Fund grant applications now being accepted.

Expressive Arts Therapy for children and their parents.

A Friendship Connection program which brings teens together with seniors.

Those are two programs being powered by the Forever Fund. The fund, a part of United Way supported by an endowment, looks for innovative programs which touch on two specific issues.

  1. Mental health supports for children and families
  2. Innovative initiatives for seniors at risk.

Expressive Arts Therapy:

Created by YW Kitchener-Waterloo,this program is targeting families living in supportive housing.  At one time or another all of the participants have experienced homelessness. That’s a traumatizing experience for anyone, and it’s not unusual in this particular target group to see major depression, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse.

1 in 3 homeless mothers has attempted suicide-Raising the Roof, 2016

The project hopes to change the impact of poverty on the children and families taking part by providing an emotional outlet. The delivery of the program will move through supportive housing locations in Waterloo.


The Friendship Connection:

Developed by Community Support Connections-Meals on Wheels and More,this is a new take on the well established and popular Friendly Visitor program.

“Join our team to deliver meals and smiles” is the first line on the Friendly Visitor website.

The Friendship Connection takes this idea to a much higher level, where a volunteer forms a group with multiple seniors as opposed to a one-on-one connection.  It will also integrate the passion and talents of post secondary students looking for meaningful career related experiences.

For seniors, they won’t need to wait as long to enter the program. Once the group is up and running, they will be interacting with not only the volunteer, but with a group of their peers. Lack of contact with others is a serious issue for seniors.

More than 1 in 3 women over the age of 65 live alone- Statistics Canada

Without a local network of family or friends, a senior can soon become isolated or withdrawn.


United Way Waterloo Region Communities is now looking for applications for the next round of Forever Fund support. Once again grants will be considered for programs in the streams mentioned above.

It’s a simple three step process.

Step 1: Contact United Way Waterloo Region Communities about your interest in a Forever Fund grant by emailing Brian Kamm.

Step 2: If your program or initiative fits, you will receive additional criteria and a link to the online application portal.

Step 3: Submit your completed application package to United Way Waterloo Region Communities by 5 p.m. on Friday July 13th.

Your organization could be the one making a concrete difference in the lives of children, families or seniors!