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When you give to United Way of the Lower Mainland you make a profound difference in individual lives and the quality of life we all enjoy.

Growing a garden of hope: project feeds families in need on the North Shore
The United Way funded Edible Garden Project encompasses 12 community gardens and an urban farm. More than 1400 kilograms of produce are grown and distributed each year to families in need on the North Shore. What the Edible Garden Project shows is that growing and sharing food also builds stronger neighbourhoods, a pillar of United Way’s work.

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Sandra's Story: From Congo to Canada with hope
Picture Congo in Africa, years of bloodshed and war, families running for their lives to find safety in a refugee camp. A horrifying image. But have you ever wondered what happens to those who manage to leave the refugee camps behind to find a better life? A United Way-supported service, Umoja Newcomers Family Service Centre, helps families like Sandra and her two children adjust to their new life in Canada.

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After-school programs prevent bullying
Once a week throughout spring and fall, Coquitlam's Place Maillardville Community Centre offers after-school programs to kids like Hayoon and Robeen at four area elementary schools and one middle school.

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On her own, but not alone
Just over a year ago, Leona’s husband of 63 years, Emmett, died. “It’s been hard getting over it,” she says. “I feel a bit lost and I don’t like living alone.”

Tags: Seniors

Better at Home launches
One-hundred-and-one-year-old Justina lived alone in her townhouse in Maple Ridge until she was 95.

Tags: Seniors

Unstoppable - triumph over bullying
Fatima, a 2nd year criminology student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, has an easy smile and sunny confidence that belies the tough challenges she faced in high school. She was relentlessly bullied.

Tags: 6-12

Community family affair sustains a single mother and twin boys
The room that hosts the weekly Weekend Family Place program at United Way of the Lower Mainland supported Gordon Neighbourhood House comes alive every Saturday evening.

Tags: Vancouver

Darci learns to shine
Discovering she was pregnant was the moment Darci decided to change her life.

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Capital Regional District food strategy finds fertile soil at United Way Public Policy Institute
Linda Geggie has planted the seeds for the development and adoption of a Food Strategy for the Capital Regional District on Vancouver Island.

Tags: Victoria, Stronger Communities

Seniors step in to a better life
Librada, or Lydia as she is known in Canada, sits smiling inside southeast Vancouver’s Collingwood Neighbourhood House on a rainy Monday morning.

Tags: Vancouver, Seniors