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Apr07

Ask The Expert: How are health and poverty related?

Written by // Kwame McKenzie

Ask The Expert: How are health and poverty related?

1. Is there a connection between income and our health?

There’s a strong link between income and health. But, it’s not just about the amount of money you make and what you can buy, it’s what your whole life is like as a result, including where you live, work and the food that you eat. These factors—the social determinants of health—influence the health of individuals and even entire populations, putting vulnerable people at a higher risk of having poor physical and mental health and decreasing their life expectancy.

 

Mar31

Let’s Art it Out

Written by // Nabeel Syed Categories // Impact

Let’s Art it Out

This post is a part of a series that highlights the 2016/2017 recipients of the Youth in Action (YIA) grants.

On February 5, 2017 we met with Jaslin, the sole founder of Art it Out to discuss her motivation for the project, the project itself, and its first event.

Mar29

Embrace Inclusion

Written by // Anita Stellinga

Embrace Inclusion

At United Way of Peel Region, we are very concerned about the increasing expressions of Islamophobia in our community. The troubling events that took place during a recent school board meeting is concerning to all of us here at United Way. Embracing inclusion and equity is one of the values that guides our decision-making and our work.

Feb16

Meet Chuck

Categories // From poverty to possibility

#LongestNightPeel

Meet Chuck

Meet Chuck.

I'm already uncomfortable just thinking about spending the night in my car. On Friday night when I sleep in my truck I'll be relatively comfortable - compared to other people in our community. This point became incredibly clear to me a couple weeks ago.
 
I was walking home very late and noticed a car parked on our road. It was an older Toyota, and as I approached I noticed it was full of clothes and other personal effects. They filled the backseat past the bottom of the windows. As I walked by I noticed I couldn't see the passenger seat headrest. Seeing movement in the vehicle, I realized someone was in the car, on the passenger seat, underneath all those belongings, and trying to get a good night sleep. On my street. Just doors away from my house. A clear reminder of just how close to home poverty can be.
 
I’ve been a supporter of United Way for a long time. This was just another reminder of the important role the organization plays in our community.

 

Feb13

Meet Gary

Categories // From poverty to possibility

#LongestNightPeel

Meet Gary

Meet Gary.

I’ve supported United Way for many years. However, I avoided signing up for the #LongestNightPeel fundraiser last year because I’ve have pneumonia twice. After a family vacation where I met many people that are homeless I realized this was just an excuse. People in crisis don’t have a choice – regardless of their health history. I am fortunate to have a warm home. That is when I decided to commit to #LongestNightPeel.
 
I expect that I will be cold and lonely on February 17. I have always said I can fall asleep quickly anywhere, but I doubt I’ll get much sleep.  
 
I have several friends who have used United Way funded programs. I am glad those services were there for them when they needed help – even when I didn’t know they needed it. I am glad that United Way of Peel Region is the charity of choice for my employer, The City of Mississauga.
 
United Way provides a safety net to the people in my community. I want to continue to help it expand. Donating to United Way is efficient for me – they know where to invest to make the biggest impact. I hope that by working together our community will be able to win the fight against poverty.

 

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