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.
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.
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.
United Way made it possible for Jessica to get low-cost, virtual and in-person mental health counselling to manage grief after the sudden death of her girlfriend.
In its 2024 Budget, we are requesting the Government of Ontario invest in youth mental health, equitable employment opportunities, deeply affordable housing, and 211 navigation support.
United Way East Ontario is proud to co-chair, alongside Leadership féminin Prescott-Russell, a project called Concerté.e.s pour l’égalité, which translates to Concerted for Equality, aimed at eliminating systemic barriers to gender equality in Prescott and Russell.
On February 11, we celebrate 211 Day by raising awareness for this vital, Canada-wide phone and online service which anyone can use to find information for government and community-based, non-clinical health and social services.
A volunteer of more than 40 years, Sheila pioneered the first ever Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations in the nation’s capital. She also helped found Black History Ottawa.
A Mississippi Mills Youth Centre cooking program is empowering local youth, while offering them friendship, learning and growth.
We bring people together to identify, develop and provide solutions to local issues. See where your dollars are going.
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By coming together in a common cause, we’re improving lives across our region.