About us

We love where we live. It’s this local love that fuels our efforts to tackle even the toughest social issues. 
It’s what compels us to find lasting solutions to the complex challenges that make life difficult for our communities’ most vulnerable people.

A clear mission and vision guide our work, as well as a commitment to 100% local impact.

Our mission is to bring people and resources together to build strong, healthy, safe communities for all.

Our vision is that the communities we serve are measurably better because of the work of United Way East Ontario and others.


Our promise is that we will invest resources where they are needed most and where they will have the greatest impact.

Alongside a vast network of supporters and partners, we strive to break down barriers and improve the communities we serve. We are committed to making measurable, lasting change across our region today, and tomorrow.

Our Communities

Region-wide force

Poverty. Isolation. Homelessness. These issues aren’t limited by geography—they affect the well-being of our entire region. This is why, in 2017, the four United Ways of Prescott-Russell, Ottawa, Lanark and Renfrew Counties decided to join forces. 

Today, we operate as one entity: United Way East Ontario. Our goal is to deliver even greater impact in the communities where we live, work, and play. Together, we are a formidable force for good—with the power to leverage our regional footprint and drive change on a larger scale than ever before.

Transforming local lives

At United Way East Ontario, we’re committed to 100% local impact. That means every dollar we invest stays in the community where it was raised—where it is needed most and will have the greatest impact.

See the important work we’re doing to strengthen communities across our region.

Local love, in action

Every day, communities depend on us to break down barriers, improve lives, and create opportunities for the people who need us most. Storytelling is a huge part of how we show our supporters the tangible difference their donations make in the lives of real, local people.

Take a look at our latest news, impact stories, donor spotlights, and more.

Project step supports youth in the face of spike in poor mental health

The Ontario Student Drug Use and Health survey shows that the number of young people in Ottawa reporting poor or fair mental health has doubled since before the pandemic, and many young people are using drugs and alcohol to cope. Fortunately, project step promotes mental health and substance use health, and reduces harms related to substance use and addictions.

We bring people together to identify, develop and provide solutions to local issues. See where your dollars are going.
We’re committed to operational efficiency, transparency and accountability. Take a look at our annual report and financial statements to learn more.
Meet our dedicated Board of Directors and United Way East Ontario leadership team responsible for guiding our organization.

Join us


United Way East Ontario strives to attract and develop a diverse and inclusive team that represent the many cultures and walks of life in our communities. We’re always on the lookout for talented people to help us achieve our mission. Find out what career opportunities we currently have available.

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Become a Member

Members are entitled to vote at the Annual General Meeting, elect members of our Board of Directors, and decide other special business.

By coming together in a common cause, we’re improving lives across our region.

Get Involved

There are so many ways that you can join us in making a difference across our region. Whether it’s making a donation, becoming workplace champion, volunteering your time, attending an event or spreading the word, we are always looking for individuals who love where they live and want to make local change happen.

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Contact us, and someone from our team will gladly assist you.