Help the most vulnerable as our communities press on through COVID-19.

In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic.

But it was in the weeks before that public health agencies, social services agencies, and United Way East Ontario gathered to see how we could support those most in need. Since then, grassroots groups have formed. Neighbours are helping neighbours. Volunteers are stepping up.

Everyone has an important role to play.

We will get through this together

Since the social and economic impacts of COVID-19 began to affect our communities in early March, people who were already experiencing inequities—like poverty, homelessness and social isolation—have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. They need even more help during this time, and their needs will continue to evolve. As you protect your family and those closest to you to keep them healthy, we urge you to think of those who may need the help of their neighbours.

Together we can keep our communities strong.

Crisis is not unfamiliar to our region

We’ve been there for each other through floods, ice storms—even tornadoes. Each day, United Way East Ontario works in the communities of Prescott-Russell, Ottawa, Lanark County and Renfrew County to tackle the tough problems. In a crisis, we work rapidly with front-line agencies, local municipalities and partners to uncover the greatest needs, and organize to achieve the greatest impact.

We know that when we work together, we can make a difference.

When you give to United Way, you provide:


Ensure people have access to life’s essentials, such as food.

Help for

Ensure that while vulnerable people are isolated, they are also supported.

Capacity for community services

Ensure that community partners can continue to do their vital local work.

Mental health

Enable crisis lines and system navigation services.

Support for

There are amazing people rallying to support others. They need our help too.

As the situation changes, United Way will continue working with our community partners to adapt.

See our COVID-19 related community investments

We’re making a difference in people’s lives every day

COVID-19 amplifies the challenges vulnerable people deal with year-round—it makes United Way’s presence more important than ever.  

Thanks to support from our donors and together with our partners, we’ve sought out and continue to put in place new, innovative approaches to keep the most vulnerable people from falling through the cracks.

Find out more about what we’ve been doing.

Check out the latest news and impact updates

If you’re able, please give generously today.

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