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about united way


United Way exists to help people live better lives in every one of the seven communities we serve.

About Us

What We Do

Explore how we invest in Waterloo Region & how we empower others to make a difference in our community.

What We Do

How To Help

With the generosity and support of people like you, together, we can can build a stronger Waterloo Region.

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Our Impact

thanks to your generosity

United Way WRC invests in the community on a quarterly basis. The following reflects the 2023 reporting period.

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Community Partners
Grants awarded

United Way Waterloo Region Communities 2023 March of 1000 Umbrellas, Campaign Launch.

100% of your donation stays local, always

With your support we are proud to be making a real difference to the lives of those in need.

Solving Poverty is complex

We focus our work in 9 distinct, yet interconnected areas, with a focus on equity underpinning everything we do:
Affordable Housing & Homelessness
Food Insecurity
Literacy, Employment Skills & Assistive Devices
Hate, Gender-based & Family Violence
Community & Social Supports
Leadership, Volunteerism & Capacity Building
Mental Health & Addictions
Children & Youth
Innovation & Systems Change

our funded Partners

By donating to United Way, you make it possible for us to fund a network of charities, non-profits, and community initiatives across Waterloo Region.

working together for community

We're here for you

Have questions? Contact us and we will be happy to help you find what you’re looking for!

Ways to Give

Explore the ways that you can make a difference for the most vulnerable people in our community.

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Need Help now?

Need help but are not sure where to turn? 211 is here to help!

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Find Funding

Explore funding opportunities for your non-profit, charity, or community initiative.

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Campaign Toolkit

Access our online training program & resource library to become a United Way Ambassador!

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Explore volunteer opportunities that support people and Agencies in Waterloo Region.

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Partnership Opportunities

Connect with us to learn about ways your business or organization can support our community.

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Find help when you need it most

You are not alone

We are proud to partner with and support a number of free, online services to help you navigate social, financial, health, and other supports near you.

This online database will help you navigate COVID-19 benefits and relief measures.

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This free, confidential service is available 24/7 to help you navigate social and government services near you.

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Support for Individuals

Explore our resource hub to find resources connected to our focus areas (basic needs, mental health & social isolation).

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let's connect

519-888-6100 (Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm) | @UnitedWayWRC

For questions or inquiries, you can also connect with specific members of our team!

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