United Way Oakville (UWO) is proud to announce it will invest in a new agency this year – ArtHouse.

ArtHouse offers cost-free art, drama and music programs to young children aged 7-11 who otherwise would not have access to such programs, helping them to develop their hidden talents, experience the thrill of creative and artistic expression and share experiences in team building and social cohesion.

In addition, UWO will invest in 5 additional programs through currently funded agencies including Group Recreation at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton, Distress Lines and Telecheck at Distress Centre Oakville, and Child Abuse Education Program at Halton Trauma Centre.

“Our agencies and programs play a vital role in this city—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 Oakville CEO.

In total, United Way of Oakville will fund 54 programs through 33 community agencies this year.  All of the agencies address current emerging needs in our community with a focus on 3 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 includes 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.

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