Focus Areas

United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin strives to have a positive impact by achieving meaningful, long-term improvements to quality of life for our community.

Community 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 in 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.

All That Kids Can Be

Every child deserves the chance to grow up with support to reach their potential, so they can thrive in adulthood.

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion

United Way is committed to supporting an inclusive and equitable community that respects and values the diversity of everyone.

Healthy People, Thriving Communities

Ensuring our communities are great for everyone, by creating a sense of belonging, building connections, and improving overall well-being.

From Poverty To Possibility

Meeting the basic needs of our community’s most vulnerable and giving everyone the opportunity to realize a better future.

Rural Communities

We’re being radically local in our approach, solving local problems with local solutions and empowering those closest to the issues.