It’s a Feel Good Fall!

It’s a Feel Good Fall!

We just wanted to share the love a little bit. Here are just a few of the feel good stories we have heard from the community and our partner agencies so far. Thank you for sharing your #locallove Niagara!

In August, over 75 volunteers packed and distributed nearly 3,000 backpacks to children and youth in need across the region. Approximately 1 in 4 children in Niagara live in poverty. The added pressure of back to school costs are hard on these already struggling families.

Thanks to many organizations, community members and volunteers nearly 3,000 children and youth headed back to school with their heads held a little higher. Studies show having tools, such as a backpack, lunch bag, pens, pencils and books, give children the confidence to do better in school. In 2002, United Way identified a gap in service and responded with the Backpacks for Kids initiative. Since then, over 43,000 backpacks filled with school supplies have been given out to children in Niagara through partnerships with the school boards and local agencies.

"When my daughter was two years old my spouse left, leaving me, a single dad, to look after my daughter on my own. The people at Community Care were very kind and always made sure I took home fresh fruit and vegetables when they were available. My daughter is now school aged. I will never forget the kindness I received when I needed it the most."

"I was homeless for six years. I am housed now, but while I was on the street the folks at Start Me Up saved my life…literally…they even made sure I got a haircut. I always felt welcome and knew there was always someone there to help me. There was always a smile or a hug if I needed it. I was never alone."