Your partner in change
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.
Basil sought help for his depression and PTSD. Now, he is a peer supporter for others who struggle with their mental health.
Tiffany became homeless at the age of 13. With the help of United Way and our partners, she has landed on her feet.
We asked our friend Desirae Odjick, personal finance blogger at Half Banked, to write a post about the benefits of charitable giving.
A mentor and a safe place to go after school gave Raquel a path to graduation – despite growing up in one of Ottawa’s at-risk neighbourhoods.
Social programs provide cognitive and social stimulation for local seniors like Bill and Barbara, as well as much-needed respite for their daughter.
Merrick Palmer, one Canada’s top basketball trainers, is showing his local love for Ottawa through the work and dedication he puts into his community.
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.