United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin

Social Service


United Way brings people and resources together to meet existing and emerging social needs, in order to improve lives and build community. Through our collaborative networks, we monitor and identify pressing social issues. Whether it be through investing in existing community programs or mobilizing a new collective approach, funds donated by our generous community are put to work to create lasting positive change in the most effective way possible.

Our Impact

Not all community members have an equal opportunity to create a vibrant life. Many struggle to achieve a sustainable livelihood because they have vulnerabilities that place them at risk which creates barriers to accessing opportunities and support. Our community impact mission is to improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action.

Community Impact is about achieving meaningful, long-term improvements to quality of life in Guelph Wellington and Dufferin communities by addressing not just the symptoms of problems but also getting at the root causes.

Recognizing this, we have chosen to focus efforts in five impact areas essential for our community to thrive. We do this by investing in programs and by working closely with local community groups – those that receive United Way funds and those that do not – to address the social needs of individuals and groups in our community that are vulnerable to social and systemic barriers to create meaningful change.

Currently United Way invests in local solutions in the following five focus areas:

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Legal Name

United Way Community Services of Guelph and Wellington

Charity Number

10745 7053 RR0001

How your gift will be used

United Way mobilizes the power of caring communities to address the most complex social issues. We currently focus our work on providing adequate basic needs, supporting kids, creating a sense of belonging and inclusion, supporting positive mental health, and providing support to marginalized communities.

We work closely alongside issue experts on research planning tables to understand our community’s needs and facilitate investment in programs through a volunteer Community Impact Committee. After our funds are invested in either community programs or collective initiatives, reporting and evaluation is completed and reported annually in our Year in Review report. Click here to view our reports.

As always, we strive to make the most impact as possible with your gift. Every dollar you give to United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin stays 100% local and our communities are measurably stronger because of the work you empower us to do.

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