Our priorities: Healthy People, Strong Communities

United Way Yukon supports programs which help with these priority areas. Do you have an idea or an established program or group which would address one of these priority areas in Yukon? Let’s talk.

What does ‘Healthy People, Strong Communities’ include?

Neighbourhood Development and Engagement

Supports to strengthen communities and neighbourhoods ​by engaging residents, community stakeholders, community organizations, funders, government and academic partners to: improve the quality of neighbourhood life, and foster community cohesion; build and maintain an adequate network of neighbourhood infrastructure, social services and community programs; engage in policy and research activities to understand and support communities and neighbourhoods; and increase public awareness of the importance of strong neighbourhoods for a strong and vibrant city.

Newcomer Settlement and Integration

Supports to assist newcomers to settle and integrate by meeting immediate needs and providing longer term assistance, and supports to help newcomer communities engage by building community capacity, leadership and voice. Services to meet immediate needs include, but are not limited to, settlement and orientation counseling, information and referral to services, translation and interpretation.

Community Mental Health

Supports to promote mental health and well-being, increase public awareness, reduce stigma, and provide community-based mental health programs, including preventive services, crisis support services, addiction services and self-help resources. Also includes support for those living with chronic illnesses.


Supports to promote healthy and active living among seniors and to support seniors to live independently, either in their own homes or in supportive housing. Includes services such as adult day programs, congregate dining, seniors’ centres, and transportation to medical appointments, shopping, banking and other activities, and supports to caregivers.

Domestic Violence

Supports to assist men, women and children who have experienced physical, sexual and/or emotional abuse in domestic relationships, including crisis intervention, emergency shelters, counseling and transitional services, parenting supports, and legal support, as well as advocacy, preventative work and public education. ie: Carcross Men’s Group.

People with Disabilities

Supports to help adults and children with physical or developmental disabilities to live independently and actively participate in their communities, and supports to assist family members and caregivers. Also includes information, support, educational events and other resources to help people with chronic illnesses to live well. ie: LDAY, Challenge

Examples from the Yukon

These examples below (from our 2021-2022 Community Impact Report) are examples of the priority area “healthy people, strong communities.” Read more here, as the Community Impact Report details what was accomplished in our community.