United Way of Canada

By Dr. James Frizzell

As a respected business proprietor and resident of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Dr. James Frizzell gives back to his community in a number of ways, including donating to Easter Seals and the United Way of Canada. Dr. James Frizzell owns and operates Frizzell Dental, a clinic specializing in cosmetic, general, and restorative dentistry.

United Way of Canada, also known as Centraide Canada, operates 117 regional and local branches focused on improving the living conditions of the country’s poverty-stricken residents. The largest non-government volunteer provider of social services in Canada, United Way of Canada raises more than $480 million each year to support a variety of programs, which are organized by 900 employees and thousands of volunteers. United Way of Canada oversees several initiatives, including the Action for Neighborhood Change, an effort to revitalize low-income communities and provide resources to those living in them. Each United Way of Canada chapter approaches the problems of hunger, homelessness, and poverty in a different way. For example, Thompson Nicola Carbioo United Way, located in British Columbia, established a Youth Advisory Council of young men and women who wanted to make a difference in their communities. The Council spawned several service projects, as well as a Youth Day of Caring when members of the group and other youths volunteer within the cities and towns they live in.

The United Way serving Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox, and Addington published a groundbreaking report on the city of Kingston, Ontario’s homeless population and the affordable housing options available to them. The report recommended ways to remedy the problem, such as adopting a program already successfully in cities throughout Canada and the United States. United Way Toronto recently applied $109 million in donations toward bolstering efforts in 13 low-income neighborhoods and building a network of medical and social service agencies across the city. Learn more at www2.unitedway.ca.

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