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United Way East Ontario tackles the tough problems.

In communities across Prescott-Russell, Ottawa, Lanark County, and Renfrew County, we work with a network of smart, passionate and engaged donors and partners to get to the root of local issues and support long-term solutions.

Explore each issue, learn about the challenges facing our communities and how together, we’re creating lasting change.

Accessible. Culturally safe. Community led. That’s the kind of mental health support everyone deserves. Learn more about how we’re addressing increasing and complex mental health needs as we recover from the effects of the pandemic.

As the cost of living rises, it’s even harder for youth who are forced to leave home, newcomers moving to the city, women fleeing violence, and many others to find affordable, stable housing. Together with our partners, we get at the root of the issue and create long-term solutions to homelessness.

Many seniors are lonely, and live without connection to family, friends, or doctors. Their caregivers are stretched to the limit. Explore what we do to offer positive social connection for seniors and respite for caregivers.

Many kids don’t have access to after-school activities or summer programs to keep them from falling behind when they aren’t in the classroom. Check out the opportunities we make possible for local children and youth.

The toughest social challenges take more than just one person, organization, or sector to solve. See how we use all the tools in our box—investment, research, advocacy, convening, fundraising—to support our communities holistically by getting at the root causes.

Without a support system, stable internet, or healthy meals to get through the day, many people are stuck in survival mode. See how we’re making it easier for people to get a job, thrive in their workplace, and become financially independent.

Our identities should not determine whether we are healthy, housed, educated, employed, and safe. Learn about how we collaborate with underserved communities to build a more equitable future.

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