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United Way is here for our communities, no matter what challenges lie ahead.

When the pandemic began, we mobilized rapidly to address the crisis. One year later, we’re still responding to the needs that the pandemic has created and amplified.

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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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Without their traditional models of support—like group therapy or face-to-face counselling—people who live with addictions and mental heath needs are more at risk of withdrawal, self harm, or even suicide.
Local crisis support lines have seen more than 50% spikes in calls.
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.
Lack of connectivity puts low-income and rural kids at a disadvantage to engage and learn.
Homeless youth are often unable to self-isolate, putting themselves and others at risk of contracting COVID-19.

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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Our minimum online donation amount is $5.00.

Your donation is in good hands.

We invest your gift in smart, strategic ways, to ultimately move the needle. This is the power of United Way East Ontario.

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100% Local Impact

Every donation is put to work in the community where it is raised.

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Top 100 Canadian Charity

Charity Intelligence, MoneySense & Maclean’s named us a top-100 Canadian charity.

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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 2020, 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 regular 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 400,000 masks have been distributed to vulnerable people 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.