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Poverty and its impacts, income disparity and seemingly endless stream of disruption are taking their toll. More people than ever are in vulnerable and precarious circumstances. United Way has a role to play.

What We Do

We fight to build a community where poverty has no power. Where 100% of people experiencing poverty — now or in the future — can break free, triumph and unleash their full potential.


We’re in neighbourhoods across Durham Region supporting resources where the need is greatest.


United Way in Action

  1. Investing in a broad, diverse network of community services in every neighbourhood.

    160+ programs and services working in close partnership with United Way to respond to pressing community needs and unite our efforts for system change across our region.

  2. Assisting women and their children to live violence free.

    2000 women and children received support from programs such as emergency shelters counselling and outreach.

  3. Creating opportunities for seniors to engage in their community.

    Over 9500 seniors connected with programs that allowed them to remain living independently and with dignity.

  4. Changing the course of young lives.

    21,452 children and youth received mentoring, counselling, leadership, sports and recreation engagement.

  5. Food security.

    Almost 16,000 people had access to food banks, community gardens and nutritious food preparation and budgeting.


Your gift helps people and families experiencing poverty access all the supports, connections and opportunities they need to thrive.

Community Sector Focus Areas

  • Early learning and parenting
  • Enrichment and skill building for middle years
  • Youth development
  • Homelessness (including prevention)
  • Employment and financial security
  • Counselling and mental health for individuals and families
  • Independent living
  • Community building and connections
  • Programs to address domestic violence
  • Social and systems change

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