At the United Way, we are immensely grateful to our community for their generous donations. Because our donors have risen to the challenge, we are able to invest in programs that are so critical for our region’s most vulnerable citizens.
Even during the trying times we face with the COVID-19 pandemic – and sometimes because of it – our donors have stepped up.
In 2021, this will allow us to give more than $1 million to 19 charities in Saint John, Kings and Charlotte counties so they can continue their essential work – helping life our citizens out of poverty, breaking the vicious cycle of domestic violence, helping children and youth reach their full potential, and so much more.
Every year, after a rigorous application process, we select partners that will receive United Way funding – organizations that exemplify key United Way funding principals: community knowledge, resilience, measurable difference, flexibility and innovation, and partnering.
This year, there are 19 organizations from Sussex to St. Stephen who will collectively receive $1.033 million thanks to the enduring generosity of United Way donors. Two new organizations are joining United Way’s funded partner list.
The YMCA of Greater Saint John is receiving United Way funding to support the opening of the Early Learning Hub in Crescent Valley while Ability New Brunswick will leverage its funds to assist people with a mobility disability transition to post-secondary education and employment.
“Ability NB is excited to be joining the United Way Saint John, Kings & Charlotte family. Our organizations are passionate about helping youth with a mobility disability transition to education, training and jobs,” says Haley Flaro, executive director of Ability New Brunswick. “We’re grateful to the United Way and all their generous donors in the community for the support.”
The two new partners join another 17 United Way-funded partners who will have their funding renewed this year as they continue to demonstrate that their programs are making a measurable difference in the community with tracked outcomes.
Saint John Women’s Empowerment Network executive director Sharon Amirault says United Way funding is essential to her organization.
“I don’t know where we would be without the United Way and the support of all its community donors,” she says. “United Way funding is critical to be able to continue to improve the lives of low-income women in the city.”
To understand how powerful of an impact this support has, listen in on this CBC interview with Natusha Robia – a mother of two in Saint John whose life has been forever changed.