We tackle tough problems. How? By researching to better understand the issues in our community, advocating for those who don’t have a voice, funding and partnering with the most effective local organizations who create real opportunities and measuring the results.
We work to understand our city better. The Ottawa Neighbourhood Study (ONS) provides data on strengths and challenges for 107 neighbourhoods in Ottawa. By working together we can improve the neighbourhoods in which we live.
United Way Ottawa’s advocacy work encompasses the fostering of constructive relationships and mutual understanding among decision-makers and public policy framers. It includes speaking up on public policy issues that directly impact our priority goals. It sees us playing an active role in developing a “common voice” on behalf of the community sector.
We draw on vast expertise available in our community neighbourhoods and bring the right people, organizations and skills to the table to deal with specific issues.
Volunteer-led panels evaluate and make recommendations to fund the programs that create measurable and lasting impact.
Results that matter
We put your donation to work where it will have the greatest impact in Ottawa.
7,800 people with disabilities, homeless youth and new Canadians have lives filled with possibilities thanks to the $4.3M United Way has invested in employment and housing-first programs and initiatives since 2011.
1,026 homeless youth got help to get them off the streets for good
3,182 people with disabilities received support and training to find a job
3,645 new Canadians got the help needed to find a job and start a new life in our city
75% of homeless youth who took part in the program got off the streets and into stable housing
Your donation is invested locally, changing the lives of people in Ottawa. Find out more about the people whose lives have improved because of your donation.
By the numbers
Since 2011, United Way, its donors and partners have invested in programs and initiatives to change the lives of people all across our city.
Partners and volunteers
Where your donation is changing lives in Ottawa
Our research helps us identify the neighbourhoods where help is needed most. Using the map, you can see where United Way’s investments are changing lives in Ottawa neighbourhoods. You can view the information in a list if that’s easier.