Initiatives

At the United Way of Brandon & District we have a variety of initiatives that centre around the same theme: Kindness.

We feel that a small act of kindness can have a big impact on someone’s life. Some initiatives we participate in are:

  • Day of Caring - where we go into the community and make a visible and substantial impact in our city by volunteering.

  • Random Acts of Kindness Day - where members of our staff go around town and simply spread kindness anyway we can

  • Conscious Kindness Day - a Manitoba wide initiative to spread kindness to anyone you see.

  • Giving Tuesday - a worldwide, online movement to encourage individuals to give back after Black Friday & Cyber Monday.

  • Manitoba 211 - an online database to help Manitobans to connect with the resources they need.

We aim to do one thing: Ensure that everyone feels like a valued member of our community. For more information on our initiatives please email events@brandonuw.ca or call 204-571-8929.

Day of Caring

This community-wide United Way event demonstrates the power of volunteering. It is a unique opportunity for employees, students, and other groups to come together and make a difference in our community by taking part in meaningful volunteer projects with local community organizations.

Tasks could include anything from painting, landscaping and gardening, to serving meals, sorting donations or event assistance. These are projects that our local agencies many not have the time, resources or staff to accomplish on their own. Volunteers learn about their community through a hands-on experience while meaningful projects are completed for agencies.

If you have a group that would like to get involved in Day of Caring let us know! We’d love to match you up with a project that suits your needs. Call 204-571-8929 or email events@brandonuw.ca for more information.

Conscious Kindness Day

May 15th, 2019 was Conscious Kindness Day in Manitoba. This is a province wide initiative, engaging communities all over Manitoba.  The idea is to show kindness and thanks to others you would not normally engage with on a daily basis.

What will You do to spread kindness in your workplace and our community?

  • Hold the door open for someone

  • Buy a stranger a coffee or treat

  • Give a compliment

  • Leave kindness notes in public places

We strongly believe that a simple act of kindness, big or small, can go a long way in a person’s life.

Random acts of kindness

Once a year we try to organize and engage our community to promote acts of kindness throughout the city within a single day.  A simple gesture goes a long way, saying good morning to someone, holding the door for someone, or even offering to help someone carry a heavy load.  Ideally we would like this idea to carry forward throughout the year.

Organizing a team to engage others is a great way to show your support to your community.  We are always available to help with ideas and suggestions to get you started.

This year on June 15th, the United Way of Brandon & District team went out into the community and spread the kindness by placing friendly “kindness” reminders under windshield wipers, plugging nearly expired parking meters, saying thank you to our wonderful supporters, and by sharing delicious treats with each other.

Giving Tuesday

This is a Canadian movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Cyber Monday. The “Opening day of the giving season,” is a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favorite causes and think about others. For more information on this initiative check out their website at GivingTuesday.ca

The United Way of Brandon & District is participating in this event on November 27, 2018. Please show your support by donating to our 2018 campaign. 100% of donations stay local and go towards our 25 partner agencies and their 35 programs.

Together we are working towards:

Building Strong Communities | Moving People from Poverty to Possibility | Helping Kids Be All They Can Be

Help us meet our goal and share the message on social media by using #GivingTuesdayCA and #UWBdn.

For more information please contact us at 204-571-8929 or email us at office@brandonuw.ca

Manitoba 211

A new online database helping Manitobans connect to important services in their area is now live!

211 Manitoba is an online database that includes health, government, and social services available across Manitoba. The service helps Manitobans to connect with the right community or social resource they need.

The website is a partnership between the United Way and Volunteer Manitoba.

Visit the Manitoba 211 website today!

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