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‘Voices from the Community’, our 3-part video series, features speakers from our speakers bureau and a United Way expert that brings a larger perspective to an issue. 

Each video features a different #UNIGNORABLE issue that faces the  residents of the Greater Toronto Area and the ways in which United Way is tackling them.

The series includes 3-minute videos on mental health, homelessness, youth employment and financial stability, food security and a bonus video on the impact of COVID-19 and United Way’s work to mitigate the effects.

The videos are a great asset to support workplaces during their campaigns or to share in individual meetings with donors, on corporate calls, in training sessions and more. 

Please note: These videos contain copyrighted material, which means they're not to be used for public broadcast of any kind (please see the full disclaimer at the bottom of the page). 

To request a video file of one or more of these stories, please visit this page to agree to the terms of use

Story on Mental Health

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Featuring: Eli Fleischmann UWGT Speakers Bureau (Mental Health Advocate, Canadian Mental Health Association) & Ruth Crammond, VP Community Investment & Development – UWGT

Eli shares the story of his son who succumbed to the challenges of mental illness and the support he received through a United Way funded agency. He hopes that one day we’ll be able to eliminate the stigma that surrounds mental illness so agencies can better provide support to those who are suffering.

Story on Homelessness

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Featuring: Cat Padmore UWGT Speakers Bureau (Madison Community Services) & Bill Sinclair, CEO of The Neighbourhood Group

Like so many, Cat experienced housing insecurity in many forms throughout her life. After experiencing street life as a young adult, she accessed a United Way funded agency on her journey to stable housing.

Story on Youth Employment & Financial Stability

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Featuring: Alexia Schell UWGT Speakers Bureau & Nation Cheong, VP Community Opportunities & Mobilization, United Way Greater Toronto

Impacted by her mother’s death, a 20 year old Alexia put her education and plans aside to raise her younger school-aged siblings. After years of focusing on her family, Alexia took the time to invest in herself by participating in a United Way funded program that helped prepare her for the workforce.

Story on Food Insecurity

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Featuring: Paul Taylor, Executive Director of FoodShare Toronto, & Juneeja Varghese, Manager, Neighbourhoods, United Way Greater Toronto

Food insecurity is an #UNIGNORABLE issue here at home. There are a shocking number of people who have to make the tough choice between paying rent or putting food on the table. Hear from Paul Taylor, ED of FooodShare and someone who faced food insecurity as a child, and United Way's Juneeja Varghese, Manager, Neighbourhoods, about how United Way and our network of agencies are tackling the issue head-on. 

Please note:  

These videos contain copyrighted materials and are not licensed to be used for public broadcast. Videos may only be shared within closed online environments such as corporate intranets, private online conference meetings or presentations and private social network platforms. Posting videos to public platforms such as public video streaming services (Youtube, Vimeo, etc.), public social platforms (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and public websites for streaming or downloading is prohibited as outlined by these terms.  

To request a video file of one or more of these stories, please visit this page to agree to the terms of use.