1. fit in a specified place or environment.
synonyms: affiliation, acceptance, association, attachment, integration, closeness, rapport, fellow feeling, fellowship.


We Belong Waterloo Region is a movement that boldly declares: “We all belong in our community!”

Why? The feeling of belonging is a human need, just like food, water, and shelter. A strong sense of belonging improves your health, happiness, and your motivation to contribute to the community.

Belonging often feels abstract, but its impact is very real. Our actions should be real, too. We Belong intends to inspire each of us to foster a sense of belonging in others through simple, everyday actions with friends, neighbours, colleagues, and strangers.

How can you participate? Get Inspired with our stories, ideas, pictures, and videos. Take the pledge and take action to improve belonging in your community. And tell others! Challenge others to take action and be a part of the #WeBelongWR campaign.


We Belong Waterloo Region is an initiative of Bridges to Belonging. bridges-to-belonging-waterloo-region
We Belong Waterloo Region has been funded by the Kitchener and Waterloo Community Fund through the George Cluthe Fund. final_KW_logo..w200

Steering Committee

Cameron Dearlove, Bridges to Belonging
Lori Maloney Young, Bridges to Belonging
Subeer Bhandari, Bridges to Belonging
Matt Riehl, Extend-a-Family
Kim Sproul, New Story Group
Rochelle Barber, Community Volunteer

We Belong Waterloo Region is grateful to our amazing committee for their work!

Contributing Partners

The following organizations, groups, and businesses are contributing partners to the We Belong Waterloo Region movement:

Autism Services Waterloo Region aswr
Community Support Connections CSC PNG (1)
Extend-a-Family eaf
KidsAbility kidsabilitylogo2
Kitchener Rangers Rangers_CMYK
KW Habilitation KW Hab logo
Neruda Arts Neruda
New Story Group NSG
SHORE Centre full colour icon
Planned Lifetime Networks PLAN-LOGO-revised
Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council wrcpc-logo
YWCA Kitchener-Waterloo Copy of K-Waterloo_TP_Print_C