Together, we can build a stronger Waterloo Region.

Your gift to United Way empowers a network of local programs and services, helping people access food, housing, mental health services, crisis supports, companionship, and so much more.

Our community faces more than one problem. Help us provide more than one solution.

Emergency Community Support Fund

COVID-19 is having a disproportionate impact on vulnerable populations in Canada. Together, the Canadian Red CrossCommunity Foundations of Canada and United Way Centraide Canada are collaborating with the Government of Canada to flow ECSF support to those who need it most right now.

Applicantions open October 5, 2020 and close October 30, 2020 at 3pm.

What’s new in 2020?

Applications are accepted on a quarterly basis for funding from our General Community Fund. Applications are open to any registered charity or qualified donee located and operating in Waterloo Region!

Campaign toolkit

This toolkit includes everything you need to run a seamless and successful United Way workplace fundraising campaign—whether your employees are working remotely or in the office.

211 Now Available Across Canada

As Canada navigates the second wave of COVID-19, people are still seeking support and unsure where to turn. Whether it’s help accessing food, mental health supports, or other non-emergency programs and services in your community, simply dial 2-1-1 or visit 211 is a free helpline and the phones are answered 24/7 in 150+ languages.

Community Navigators will talk to you about your situation and help you find the right solutions. Whether you’re a senior feeling isolated or anxious about getting your basic necessities, or an individual uncertain about whether there are assistance programs for which you are eligible, or a parent worried about your child’s mental health, Help starts with 211.

Spirit Awards Celebration

Over the past year, people in Waterloo Region have stepped up to support and protect the most vulnerable citizens in our community. Watch our 2020 virtual Spirit Awards Celebration at!

Commitment to Equity

As we watch, read and listen to events unfolding south of Canada’s border we must recognize, that as a community, Waterloo Region is not immune to the same issues. Read our full Commitment to Equity statement here. 

Need Help Now?

Looking for help but not sure where to turn?

211 Ontario

United Way is proud to fund 211 Ontario. 211 is a free and confidential service that ensures access to information about community and social programs in Waterloo Region is only a phone call away.

Financial Relief Navigator

United Way Centride Canada is proud to support the Financial Relief Navigator (FRN), an English and French online tool providing a one-stop portal to help vulnerable Canadians access critical emergency benefits and financial relief from governments, financial institutions, telecoms and internet providers.

Community Mask Distribution

As the Region of Waterloo enters Phase 3 of reopening in Ontario, we want to ensure there is support for those who may not have access to masks. We have compiled a database that lists local mask distribution sites across the Region. We have also included information on how to donate masks.

Let’s Connect!

Want to learn more about how you can support our community, or have questions about United Way?

Technical Support

If you have any questions about donating, please call us at (519) 888-6100 for assistance. Alternatively, you can make an online donation through our Canada Helps page here. Thank you for your support and understanding.