United Way Lanark County now known as United Way East Ontario
Following its amalgamation in 2017, the four United Ways of Prescott-Russell, Ottawa, Lanark and Renfrew Counties have unified under a single name and entity: United Way East Ontario.
“At United Way, we know the issues people face do not start and end at geographic borders,” said Michael Allen, President and CEO of United Way East Ontario. “Things like youth homelessness, isolated seniors, and our neighbours’ struggles with mental health go beyond neighbourhood and county boundaries, and affect us all.”
United Way East Ontario works with communities in Prescott-Russell, Ottawa, Lanark and Renfrew Counties to tackle the greatest challenges facing individuals and families across the region.
“We know that we are stronger when we stand together and speak up with one voice,” said Fraser Scantlebury, Lanark County Regional Director, United Way East Ontario. “We have our sleeves rolled up and we’re ready to continue making a difference in all the communities where we live, work and play.”
United Way East Ontario continues its commitment to 100% local impact – funds are invested in the community where they are raised, and where they will have the greatest impact. United Way will also continue to have offices, activities, staff and volunteers in the communities of Prescott-Russell, Ottawa, Lanark County and Renfrew County.
As a single entity, United Way East Ontario has the benefit of understanding, researching, and working on issues with both an urban and rural perspective. United Way East Ontario is well-positioned to respond to region-wide issues – like flooding in the spring of 2017 and 2019 – and targeted areas – like strengthening educational achievement among youth living in low-income areas of Ottawa, or addressing violence against women in Lanark County and Smiths Falls.
“Many people face chronic social challenges across our region,” said Allen. “These challenges are hard for one person, one group, or one donation to solve. They demand in-depth knowledge, long-term commitment, and a smart investment of resources. They require the power of United Way – and we are ready to work hard for the people who need us.”
“By amalgamating and becoming United Way East Ontario, we are joining other United Ways that have solidified their regional focus,” said Danya Vered, Chair of United Way East Ontario’s Board of Directors. “We’ve seen first-hand how closely connected our work can be, and we will continue to increase our capacity to serve our communities better – especially as the charitable sector continues to evolve.”
On September 24, each community will mark the launch of United Way East Ontario with a celebration. The local event known as “This is Lanark County” takes place from 1:30pm – 3:30pm at the Lanark County Council Chambers, 99 Christie Lake Road, Perth.
ABOUT UNITED WAY EAST ONTARIO:
Working with communities in Prescott-Russell, Ottawa, Lanark and Renfrew Counties, United Way East Ontario invests resources where they are needed most and will have the greatest impact. Through research, evaluation and partnerships with community experts, we identify the root causes of the biggest social challenges facing our communities and help find solutions that change tens of thousands of lives for the better.
100% of donations to United Way are put to work in the communities where they are raised to help those most in need.