The United Way of Thunder Bay Community Impact Plan has three core goals. Each goal has strategic priorities and outcomes to help us evaluate our performance.

The United Way of Thunder Bay will bring the community together to focus collective efforts on:

  • Addressing the root causes of poverty;
  • Alleviating the debilitating effects of poverty on people in Thunder Bay;
  • Focusing attention on building an inclusive and connected community;
  • Supporting children and youth to succeed in school.

People’s basic needs are met

  • Emergency and affordable nutritious food provision

  • Knowledge and skills building regarding nutrition, food preparation, and managing food insecurity

  • Access to emergency shelters and/or transitional housing

  • Emergency support for those affected by addictions and mental health challenges

  • Supports to find safe and stable housing

  • Programs that offer low-cost or no cost transportation.

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A Connected and Inclusive Community

  • Counselling and supports that help families and individuals manage the effects of poverty and /or underemployment

  • Short and long-term support for those affected by addictions and mental health challenges

  • Domestic violence prevention and support services

  • Supports to build safe and welcoming neighbourhoods

  • Literacy, financial literacy and financial management skills

  • Opportunities for skill development

  • Transitional services to move people from emergency shelter to safe stable housing.

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A Community where all youth graduate

  • Supports to address family violence, addictions and/ or mental health challenges

  • Children and family counselling programs focused on healthy decision making, coping skills, building self-esteem and resiliency

  • Programs that strengthen positive parenting skills and a supportive family environment

  • Access to positive role models, mentors and leadership development programs

  • Recreation programs that provide a safe and supportive environment where youth can build strong positive peer relationships and develop a sense of belonging.

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