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Healthy people, strong communities.

Change starts in our community when people have the courage to take advantage of the programs and services that are offered in Brantford, Brant County and Six Nations of the Grand River, many of which are supported by Brant United Way. Together, we continue to support healthy people and build strong communities.

Jack is a gentleman in his late thirties who started going to the Brantford Skills Centre a year ago. His goal was to improve his skills so that he could do his job better and so that he could help his kids with their homework. He made the decision to look for help when his kids' literacy levels exceeded his own. Jack had become reluctant to help with homework because of the embarrassment he felt at his lack of skill. He started to avoid activities that involved reading and writing.

After just a few months of working with the Skills Centre, his skills had improved drastically, and Jack now has a passion for reading and loves to discuss what he has read. He is also able to do his job better because he understands the reports and instructions. Jack also went out and got his very first library card and while there, his wife and children got one too. Jack and his family now spend time choosing and discussing books at the library on a regular basis. Jack used to feel insecure because of his low literacy skills but now walks with his head held high!

Brant United Way is proud to have made a difference in the lives' of individuals within the community. We continue to invest in people throughout our community to strengthen their individual capacity and that of Brantford, Brant County and Six Nations of the Grand River.

Change starts here.
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