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Meet United Way East Ontario: New Name. Big Impact.


At United Way, we are always looking for ways to better serve our community.

Today, we are taking the next step in our journey of building a strong, healthy, safe community for everyone. With our amalgamation in 2017, the four United Ways of Prescott-Russell, Ottawa, Lanark County and Renfrew County unified into a single organization. 

Today, we’re announcing our new name: United Way East Ontario.

We know the challenges people face do not start and end at geographic borders. Issues like youth homelessness, isolated seniors, and our neighbours’ struggles with mental health go beyond neighbourhood and county boundaries, and affect us all.

United Way East Ontario works with communities in Prescott-Russell, Ottawa, Lanark and Renfrew Counties to continue to tackle the greatest challenges facing individuals and families across the region. 

We also know we are stronger when we stand together and speak up with one voice. 

Our greatest challenges demand the force of our entire region, and its smart, dedicated and generous people. We have our sleeves rolled up and we’re ready to continue making a difference in all the communities where we live, work and play.

100% local impact

United Way East Ontario continues its commitment to our donors that funds are invested in the community where they are raised, and where they will have the greatest impact. United Way will also continue to have offices, activities, staff and volunteers in the communities of Prescott-Russell, Ottawa, Lanark County and Renfrew County.

As a single entity, we have the benefit of understanding, researching, and working on issues with both an urban and rural perspective. United Way East Ontario is well-positioned to respond to region-wide issues – like flooding in the spring of 2017 and 2019 – and neighbourhood-specific challenges – like educational achievement among youth living in low-income areas of Ottawa, or the high percentage of vulnerable seniors living in Renfrew.

“Many people face chronic social challenges across our region. These challenges are hard for one person, one group, or one donation to solve. They demand in-depth knowledge, long-term commitment, and a smart investment of resources. They require the power of United Way – and we are ready to work hard for the people who need us.”

To truly and measurably change the lives of our most vulnerable for the better, we must come together – and that is our promise, today and every day.

A celebration and call to action

On September 24, each community where we work will mark the launch of our new name with a celebration. We invite you to join and to show your local love for our communities. We know you love where you live, and we can conquer the greatest hurdles our neighbours face, together. 




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