What we do

We fund a network of local agencies and programs, helping people access food, housing, mental health services, crisis supports, companionship, and so much more.

What we do

Engaging people

We engage and mobilize the community around local issues in Waterloo Region.

Community Experts

We work with all levels of government, non-profits, businesses, and the broader community to find solutions to existing social issues.

Local Leaders

We provide our community with the tools and knowledge needed to make a meaningful difference in our community.


The funds we raise support a network of Agencies whose programs and services deliver community-wide benefits.

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Giving donors choice

When donating to United Way WRC, you can choose give to either our Community Fund, or one of our Issue-based funds. Visit our Shopping Cart to see all of of the ways you can give!

Community Fund

It can feel overwhelming facing so many social issues in our community, and when you want to make a difference it’s hard to know where to start. 

By giving to our Community Fund you are supporting our entire network of Agencies working to provide multiple solutions to issues in Waterloo Region.

Your gift will be directed across Waterloo Region to organizations working tirelessly in the areas of basic needs, mental health, and social isolation.

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Issue-based Funds

By targeting your donations, we strive to produce a direct and lasting impact in three key areas.

Support a cause that’s close to your heart –  
donate to one of our issue-based funds through our shopping cart or learn more about each of the issues by clicking below.

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Community Investment

How it works

Our funding model is focused on immediate community need and local solutions to address those needs. There is an open call for applications every three months to fund the most relevant programs and organizations. We are continually learning and adapting in order to improve equity and inclusion in our processes and decisions. Learn more about our Community Investment Strategy.

Types of funding

The funds we raise allow us to provide two types of funding options to local Agencies: General Operating Support Grants and Program/Project GrantsLearn more about our funding opportunities.

funded agencies

Click below to see all of the Agencies we’ve been able to fund so far this year, thanks to the support of donors like you!