United Way of Oakville (UWO) is proud to announce it will invest in two new agencies this year – Community Youth in Action Network (CYAN) and Access Counselling & Family Services.
CYAN is dedicated to strengthening, expanding and promoting the impact of youth civic engagement and fostering developmental assets. CYAN also engages youth in community volunteerism and leadership.
Access Counselling & Family Services is dedicated to enhancing family life and personal functioning by assisting people to cope with life’s stresses. Services include: individual, couple and family counselling, counselling for abused women and children, and Caring Dads program for men who have used abusive behaviours with their families.
“Our agencies play a vital role in Oakville—they truly stitch our community together—and we want to do all we can to ensure they have the resources they need to provide the critical support to our Town,” said Brad Park, United Way of Oakville CEO. “We are extremely proud to welcome CYAN and Access Counselling & Family Services to our network.”
In total, United Way of Oakville will fund 52 programs through 32 community agencies this year. All of the agencies address UWO’s three focus areas: All that Kids Can Be; From Poverty to Possibility; and Healthy People – Strong Communities .
All funding decisions are based on a comprehensive and rigorous review process by volunteers in the community. This process included a review of the program’s outcome measurement system which is a management tool that allows agencies to focus on the impact and results of their work. This approach assists agencies in building capacity and increase operational efficiencies.
United Way of Oakville funds programs and services accessed by thousands of people through social service agencies. In addition to being a major fund provider, UWO offers professional development workshops to staff and volunteers in the non-profit sector.