Our Community is a vital, vibrant place. Our most pressing needs change from year to year. United Way works with the community to identify issues that matter the most to the people of KFL&A, now and in the future.
United Way is in a unique position to bring together our community’s resources. We continue to build partnerships with community and business leaders, with Labour, front line agencies, all levels of government and people with lived experience, creating opportunities to help individuals benefit from the difference first hand.
The Community Profiles are the result of collaborative efforts and input from the Children’s Services Planning Tables in the South East Region, the United Way KFLA and the project lead team. The reports are intended to provide specific information that will support service providers, parents, professionals, and organizations by identifying areas of strength and vulnerability in the population of children and youth.
Shared Community Plans
Poverty Reduction Initiative
Based on research and community consultation we know that reducing poverty is critical to people in our community. The United Way has worked with the City of Kingston and other local organizations on a Poverty Reduction Initiative.
This coordinated strategy will improve quality of life while reducing the impacts of poverty. Agencies, community members, individuals with lived experience – all come together to work on ways to reduce poverty.
Mobilizing Capacity to End Youth Homelessness in KFL&A
One third of individuals in shelters are youth between the ages of 15 and 24. To address this growing crisis and find ways to end youth homelessness in the region, United Way is developing a plan.
With guidance from a Steering Committee and input from Youth Out Loud Kingston, a local group comprised of youth with lived experience, this plan will provide ways for collective action in addressing the complex issue.
Mapping Data by Neighbourhood
Through analysis of GIS Data, we have identified 7 high risk neighbourhoods in KFL&A. Using data from the Community Profiles reports and the GIS Map, Success By 6 is working on identifying issues in these neighbourhoods By mapping demographics and services, we will identify what is needed and, as a result, work towards improved Early Development Instrument (EDI) scores in these neighbourhoods.