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It can throw many curve balls

A sudden job loss. End of a relationship. An unexpected illness. Loss of a family member. Increase in cost of living. Or even a global pandemic.

These moments of transition are when we’re our most vulnerable to being trapped by the complex web of poverty.

Help break this cycle.

Join us as we build a community where everyone has food on the table, an affordable place to call home, and a sufficient and reliable income. A place where we stand united.

Let’s start with a conversation

Poverty is not new to our area. We’ve been talking about this issue for nearly 80 years through the lens of the programs we fund, but this summer, we felt it was important to broaden that conversation.

Poverty, in its simplest form, is not having access to basic needs such as shelter, food, and clothing.

But it’s much bigger than just a conversation about finances. It’s a discussion about marginalization, exclusion, health, environmental factors, affordability, transition and lack of opportunity. It’s messy. It’s complex. And because of that, often misunderstood.

We know how busy you are, but we ask for a few minutes of your time to watch this video. It’s a conversation starter. Not a solution.

What we do

For more than 80 years, the United Way Centraide SDG has strived to break down barriers, create opportunities, and support our most vulnerable neighbours. Our mission and vision is to improve lives and build community while responding to our community’s needs through progressive, evolving and informative actions. 

How do we do this? We do this by being a catalyst and a coordinator, by providing training and support to our agencies, and other key community stakeholders, by raising awareness and by fundraising to invest in the programs that are tackling poverty on several fronts.


We don’t do it alone. The United Way harnesses the collective knowledge and expertise of multiple stakeholders to tackle issues impacting our communities – nonprofits, businesses, governments, individuals with lived experience and more.

100% Local.

Every dollar we raise stays local. With your support, The United Way funds a network of local agencies that offer vital programs to thousands of people across Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry. In 2022, we invested in 15 agencies and 18 life-changing programs.

Community Initiatives

We address the most pressing needs. We work on programs and initiatives in addition to our traditional funding to tackle the issues hurting our community. This includes advocacy for housing, Tampon Tuesday, LEAP/OESP and the Last Resort Fund.