Together we must listen, learn, and take action as our communities press on through these challenging times.

The social fabric of our communities is being tested like never before. COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on all of us, but the pandemic has hit vulnerable people the hardest.

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United Way’s value has never been more clear: we know our region, we know what the most immediate needs are, and each day, we work with our partners and supporters to have the greatest impact. 

The tough work is far from over. But, with the power of local love, together we can help our communities’ most vulnerable people when they need us most.

The social challenges people face on a regular basis are amplified by COVID-19.

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With the shut-down of essential in-person social programs, there is an increased risk of withdrawal, self-harm, and suicide
Local crisis support lines have seen more than 50% spikes in calls
65% of youth aged 15-24 reported that their mental health had worsened since COVID-19 started
Those over age 65 are most at risk of contracting and becoming seriously ill due to COVID-19
In-person social programs have had to close their doors, leaving seniors isolated and disconnected
Many are afraid to go grocery shopping and don’t have anyone to assist them, making it hard for seniors to get necessities
Homeless youth are often unable to self-isolate, putting themselves and others at risk of contracting COVID-19​
Without connections to trusted adults, no one can see the warning signs of unhealthy behaviours
Lack of connectivity and technology puts vulnerable kids at a disadvantage to engage and learn

Each day, we witness the importance of local love: tiny and enormous acts of kindness are all contributing to our region’s resilience, while front-line support services work hard to keep up with the needs.

We need your support more than ever.

You can lead with love to address the immediate needs of the most vulnerable.

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Issues You Care About

Poverty. Isolation. Homelessness. Together, we can tackle the issues that seem impossible to solve.

We’re tackling the tough problems.

Since March, we have brought together partners and supporters from across Prescott-Russell, Ottawa, Lanark County and Renfrew County to help design innovative solutions, mobilize resources and address the unparalleled issues caused by COVID-19.


Community Response Table

On a weekly basis, we meet with 70+ community and health organizations and multiple levels of government to examine the issues facing vulnerable people in our region. Then, we work collaboratively to address them.


Strategic Investments

United Way has rapidly enabled more than 120 local initiatives to help isolated seniors, improve access to basic needs, build capacity for community services, strengthen mental health support, and empower volunteers.


PPE and Non-Medical Masks

When face coverings were declared mandatory in indoor settings, United Way launched Facing Forward to provide personal protective equipment to vulnerable populations. More than 270,000 vulnerable people have already received masks through this initiative.


Government Partnership

The Government of Canada partnered with United Way to deliver the Emergency Community Support Fund and New Horizons for Seniors Fund – together we invested in over 100 local programs to help the most vulnerable through COVID-19.

Together we can lead our communities through this crisis

Thanks to our donors and community partners, we’re making a difference in people’s lives every day.
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The work continues.

The crisis is far from over. We need your help to continue responding to evolving needs. If you’re able, please support our local response to the COVID-19 pandemic.