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Behind closed doors, there are people who won't feel the joy the holiday season brings.

Lockdowns, job loss, and missing friends and family has taken a toll on so many people’s mental well-being.

Seniors, some of the most vulnerable members of our communities even before the pandemic, are bearing overwhelming amounts of loneliness.

Kids are missing their mentors, teachers, and friends. Those already struggling with school are now at-risk of falling even more behind.

For young people facing homeslesness, connection to social services may have been cut off completely during COVID-19 .

Behind closed doors, there are people who won't feel the joy the holiday season brings.

Lockdowns, job loss, and missing friends and family has taken a toll on so many people’s mental well-being.

Seniors, some of the most vulnerable members of our communities even before the pandemic, are bearing overwhelming amounts of loneliness.

Kids are missing their mentors, teachers, and friends. Those already struggling with school are now at-risk of falling even more behind.

For young people facing homeslesness, connection to social services may have been cut off completely during COVID-19 .

Isolation—a reality that no one wants to go through, but one that has now bonded the entire world.

It’s been a year of new experiences. But, for many people in our communities, the challenges related to isolation, poverty, and mental health are not new. It’s what they’ve been experiencing for years. When the effects of a pandemic, cold winter months, and a lonely holiday season piles on to existing struggles, our communities’ most vulnerable people feel it the most.

Families and friends may be apart, but as a community, we can still be there for one another.

Isolation—a reality that no one wants to go through, but one that has now bonded the entire world.

It’s been a year of new experiences. But, for many people in our communities, the challenges related to isolation, poverty, and mental health are not new. It’s what they’ve been experiencing for years. When the effects of a pandemic, cold winter months, and a lonely holiday season piles on to existing struggles, our communities’ most vulnerable people feel it the most.

Families and friends may be apart, but as a community, we can still be there for one another.

Donate today and double your impact*. Every gift will be matched and will fuel measurable, lasting, 100% local change in your community—in Prescott-Russell, Ottawa, Lanark and Renfrew Counties.

Behind closed doors, people are helping.

There are people working everyday to help bring light into people’s lives. Frontline workers in healthcare and grocery stores are keeping us healthy. Staff and volunteers across our network of partner agencies are reaching clients in innovative ways. At United Way, our team is leading the charge in tackling evolving local issues and building a foundation for a better future.

Let them tell you how your donation to United Way makes a difference.

We’re making sure kids don’t fall behind, socially or academically.

Early on in the pandemic, we built new partnerships and collected donations to get technology into the hands of kids living in low income homes, homeless youth, and kids of women fleeing violent homes, so they could stay connected to school, mentors, counsellors and support workers.

We’re helping our partners measure the impact of after-school programs that mix online and in-person activities, like at home learning and meal kits, online tutoring, and programs focused on social interaction and trust.

Mohamed Sofa
Director, Community Initiatives

We’re keeping seniors healthy and connected.

Seniors were, and still are, afraid to leave their homes. When we heard many seniors weren’t eating, we quickly mobilized with our partners and volunteers to organize grocery and meal deliveries—a need that is ongoing.

Unable to attend their regular day programs to socialize and stay active, seniors are also at increased risk of isolation and an overall decline in health. So, we helped train and deploy dozens of staff from seniors-serving agencies to run the telephone-based Seniors Centre Without Walls program, where seniors call into group activities and have a chance to speak with one another.

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Kelly Mertl
Director, Community Initiatives

We’re making mental health support easier to access.

Racialized, newcomer and Indigenous communities experience barriers to accessing services that understand their unique cultural needs. To address those inequities, United Way has helped dozens of local agencies deliver culturally-appropriate crisis and mental health services.

We’re helping to expand mental health supports in rural areas to ensure top-quality virtual care, and also strengthening helplines like 211, Counselling Connect, and the Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region, which are a lifeline for many.

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Cameron Ketchum
Director, Community Initiatives

We’re bolstering frontline agencies so they can continue their vital work.

People are relying on social services now more than ever. We’re focused on keeping these services stable, and building the capacity of our partners to respond to new challenges. We do research into where the needs are greatest, and we mobilize volunteers, fund new positions and expand programs to support the most vulnerable people. 

This is why we’ve been leading the COVID-19 Community Response Table to make sure we’re adaptable and focused on the best possible outcomes for our communities.

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Abid Jan
Director, Capacity Building

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Be the bright light for a neighbour who needs you.

Whether you live in Ottawa, Prescott-Russell, Lanark County or Renfrew County, 100% of what’s raised local, stays local.

Donate today and double your impact*. Every gift will be matched and will fuel measurable, lasting, 100% local change in your community—in Prescott-Russell, Ottawa, Lanark and Renfrew Counties.

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