How We Work

Across Canada, we’re improving lives and building stronger communities.

As a national network, we are committed to improving the lives of people across Canada.

United Way Centraide brings people and organizations together to meet immediate community needs and tackle the complex social issues at the root of those needs.

Our work focuses on three key strategies to improve lives locally and build a brighter future for everyone: poverty, kids, and community.


Moving people from poverty to possibility
We help people who experience barriers in our communities access the supports and opportunities they need to realize a brighter future.
Learn How We Work to Alleviate Poverty


Helping kids be all they can be.
In communities across Canada, United Way Centraides help children and youth access the support they need to get a great start in life, do well in school, and reach their full potential.
Learn How We Help Kids


Building strong and healthy communities.
We’re creating vibrant neighbourhoods and communities where everyone can experience a sense of belonging and connection.
Learn How We Help Build Strong Communities

Together, we’re making social change possible.


United Way Centraide Canada is a proud founding partner of 211 — a free, confidential information and referral service for anyone looking for community and social resources close to home.
Learn More About 211

Our Impact

Across Canada, the United Way Centraide network is putting your donations to work to improve lives and build stronger, healthier communities.
Learn More About Our Impact across Canada

National Programs

United Way Centraide Canada provides national leadership and support for our network of members across the country.

That includes creating opportunities for United Way Centraide to collaborate with government and other partners to help improve lives and build stronger communities.
Learn About Our National Programs

Get Involved!

From advocating to donating to volunteering with your local United Way Centraide, there are many ways to get involved and help people in your community reach their full potential.
Explore Ways to Get Involved

Get Involved!

From volunteering with your local United Way Centraide to donating to help people in your community reach their full potential, there are many ways to get involved and make a difference.
Explore Ways to Get Involved

Stories of Impact

Learn more about how United Way Centraide is improving lives across Canada — and how your donation is making a difference — by exploring the stories of people we’ve helped.

How Your Support Changes Lives

A young man began his coming out process by confiding in some high school friends. They had been supportive, and his next step was to inform his parents, but he was extremely nervous. Thankfully, 211 was there to help.
Read His Story
Read More Stories of Impact

Find Your Local United Way Centraide

Learn more about United Way Centraide’s work in your community, or donate to help improve lives locally.
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