Community Investments 2019-2020

United Way East Ontario invests our available resources in smart, strategic ways to move the needle for the most vulnerable people in our communities. Our expert volunteers evaluate and make recommendations to fund programs, collaborations and initiatives that create measurable, lasting change.

Below are our investments for July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020, divided into the three focus areas of our activities that fulfill our mission, vision and promise. These investments are determined by our annual Call for Proposals process, unless otherwise indicated.

Note: To respond to the pressures of COVID-19, United Way East Ontario extended our annual investments until December 31, 2020 to maintain the stability of charities during the pandemic. Additionally, we continue to invest to support the most vulnerable through COVID-19.

Every kid should have the basic building blocks to stay on track to succeed—in school, and in life.
A  job, a purpose, a sense of belonging—we can ensure more people in our communities achieve financial independence and stability.
Ensuring our communities are great for everyone by improving equity, connections and overall well-being.

* Funded through After the Storm
** Community-Wide Initiative: mobilizes multiple stakeholders in order to address community-wide challenges and create a collective response to affect systemic change
*** Strategic Investment: advances multiple priority goals for United Way and has a clearly defined role for United Way to add value through convening, facilitating, coordinating, evaluating, reporting or project managing

In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic. The following is a summary of United Way East Ontario’s investments to support the most vulnerable through the COVID-19 pandemic, starting on March 30, 2020. 

Our COVID-19 related investments aim to address the following:

  • Help for seniors – ensure that while vulnerable people are isolated, they are also supported
  • Basic needs – ensure people have access to life’s essentials, such as food
  • Capacity for community services – ensure frontline agencies can continue to do their vital local work
  • Mental health support – enable crisis lines and system navigation services during this time of heightened stress
  • Support for volunteers – there are amazing people rallying to support others – they need our help too

This page was last updated on August 6, 2020

Funding for the following investments come from these sources:

  • United Way East Ontario’s Local Love in a Global Crisis campaign: $135,886.35
  • United Way East Ontario’s Testamentary Funds (funds reserved for crisis response): $24,447.97
  • The Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program: $234,713.65
  • HelpAge Canada: $8,900.00

TOTAL: $403,947.97

Funding for the following investments come from these sources:

  • The Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund: $4,725,589.50

This page was last updated on September 28, 2020

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