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The tough work
is far from over

Together, we can build a brighter future for everyone in East Ontario.

It was a common saying in the early days of the pandemic: “We’re all in this together.” But what we quickly realized was that the pandemic would amplify the issues our communities face year-round, like poverty, social isolation, and mental health.

United Way East Ontario continues to listen, learn, and collaborate with leaders, while working with local partners to identify and address the ever-changing needs of our communities.

As the pandemic continues to affect our region, the most vulnerable people still need critical supports.

Our goal is always to make sure no one is left behind.

By putting more kids on track to succeed, we can help all youth in our communities reach their full potential.

By helping people achieve financial independence and stability, we can give them a sense of purpose and belonging.

By improving equity, connections, and wellbeing for vulnerable people, our communities can be great for everyone.

You’ve shown us that local love lives here. We're so grateful for the acts of kindness—big and small—that we’ve seen across our region.

See how your support is helping people all across our communities.

Kids

With your support, five youth centres banded together to provide accessible, virtual, and in-person programs for youth across Lanark County during COVID-19 and beyond.

For 12-year-old Mario, the bi-weekly meal night offered at the YAK Youth Centre in Perth has been an exciting staple in his pandemic routine.

Newcomers

With your support, EcoEquitable, a social enterprise that helps isolated newcomer women build job skills and networks, pivoted their business model to make masks that meet public health safety standards.

“We work with newcomer women, often women who are struggling and who don’t have a lot of other opportunities, and they want the dignity of work.”
Anouk Bertner, EcoEquitable Executive Director

Caregivers

With your support, the Champlain Community Support Network (CCSN) helped caregivers adapt to the pressures of the pandemic by offering virtual activities.

“We’re very pleased to have an ongoing partnership with United Way to support our seniors and our caregivers, we see the support in our work every day.”
— Tracy Crowder, Co-Chair, CCSN

See how your support is helping people all across our community.

KIDS

With your support, five youth centres banded together to provide accessible, virtual, and in-person programs for youth across Lanark County during COVID-19 and beyond.

For 12-year-old Mario, the bi-weekly meal night offered at the YAK Youth Centre in Perth has been an exciting staple in his pandemic routine.

Newcomers

With your support, EcoEquitable, a social enterprise that helps isolated newcomer women build job skills and networks, pivoted their business model to make masks that meet public health safety standards.

"We work with newcomer women, often women who are struggling and who don’t have a lot of other opportunities, and they want the dignity of work."
Anouk Bertner, EcoEquitable Executive Director

Caregivers

With your support, the Champlain Community Support Network (CCSN) helped caregivers adapt to the pressures of the pandemic by offering virtual activities.

“We’re very pleased to have an ongoing partnership with United Way to support our seniors and our caregivers, we see the support in our work every day.”
— Tracy Crowder, Co-Chair, CCSN

Vulnerable people still need us—and you.

As we get closer to the feeling of life getting back to normal, we must keep up that same determination to help the most vulnerable people who still need our support.

Your gift will fuel lasting change across Prescott-Russell, Ottawa, Lanark County, and Renfrew County.

Please make your donation today.

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

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Issues You Care About

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

With you by our side, we can forge ahead into yet another year of uncertainty.

At United Way, we address the chronic challenges facing our region 365 days a year. And when crisis strikes, we take action. 

Throughout the first year of the pandemic, our COVID-19 Community Response Table meetings were a constant fixture to uncover urgent needs and quickly deliver solutions, featuring more than 100+ partners and 80+ subject matter experts from across East Ontario. Bolstered by this group, we launched Local Love in a Global Crisis—United Way’s COVID-19 response. 

Along with our partners, we pooled resources, shared data, gathered input from people with lived experiences, and spoke with one voice to tackle the social challenges and inequities made worse by the pandemic. Through this work, we continue to identify the most pressing needs that require our attention now to keep our communities strong. 

Your support for Local Love in a Global Crisis goes to: 

Discover real stories of impact.

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

Read more about how we’re bolstering Indigenous and Black mental health, and fighting food insecurity, social isolation, learning loss and more.

United Way and our partners have been delivering basic needs and compassion to isolated seniors like Marie, so they don’t fall through the cracks.

Thanks to our partnership with Unsafe at Home Ottawa, more people experiencing violence at home can find comfort in knowing that there’s somewhere for them to turn.

The financial strain of back-to-school lists is a reality for many local families. Partners like PCL Construction are helping to ease the burden.

The work continues with you.

We’ve come so far, but COVID-19 continues to challenge the progress we’ve made to ensure no one falls through the cracks.   

If you’re able, please support our local response to the COVID-19 pandemic. You will help us continue to provide solutions for evolving needs and maintain the critical services people depend on.