Now, more than ever, you are needed.

COVID-19 has significantly impacted our friends and neighbours who were already vulnerable.  Your workplace campaign is a vital part of helping our community recover. Your generosity—and the generosity of your colleagues—will fuel our work and the work of our 50 local agencies working on the frontlines providing life-saving support for the people and families who need our help the most.

Whether this is your first time planning a workplace campaign or a role that you have done for years, this toolkit includes everything you need to run a seamless and successful United Way workplace fundraising campaign—whether your employees are working remotely or in the office. All easy to access and easy to use.  During COVID-19 and the reality of social and physical distancing, we have provided resources to make your campaign 100% digital if you need, or go 50/50.

Thank you for supporting your workplace charitable giving campaign.   This important work would not be possible without the hundreds of volunteers who step up each and every day to support and advocate. On behalf of our entire community, thank you for your efforts.


Here to Help

We are here to support you. Our team of Campaign Managers and Loaned Representatives are always available to provide assistance and more information. We are here to make this as easy as possible for you.

Brenda Carson – Manufacturing Sector – brenda@unitedwayguelph.com

Isabella Barretto – Business & Finance and Public Sector – isabella@unitedwayguelph.com

Holly Freeman – Education Sector – holly@unitedwayguelph.com

Why Support United Way?

Real Impact
United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin is the largest investor in social services in our communities, second only to government. We sustain a vital social safety net that provides tens of thousands of people – your friends, neighbours and family – with much-needed support, year-round. We’re there every day – during times of stability and those of crisis. For more than 80 years, United Way has provided funds for critical social services for the most vulnerable in our community.

COVID Response
When our communities were impacted by COVID-19, we faced unprecedented challenges – and met them, head on, thanks in part to donors and volunteers who stepped up and showed their local love.

COVID-19 stretched the social services sector to its limits, pushing some of our most vulnerable friends and neighbours even further into crisis. Unignorable issues that our community faced before were further exacerbated by COVID-19.  Issues like food insecurity, homelessness and mental health.  Vulnerable individuals like seniors, children and families found themselves needing additional supports – or some found themselves navigating support for the first time. 

United Way knew a community response was needed.  We championed shared responsibility for social good by bringing government, business and the social services together to co-ordinate efforts and work efficiently and effectively to fill gaps in services.  We created a community table to address the impact of the pandemic on seniors.  We started a grocery delivery service to help get food to seniors who couldn’t leave their homes. 

Our network of 50 community agencies – a network made possible thanks to people like you – was on the frontlines immediately, jumping into action to meet urgent needs. 

Together, with your support and emergency government funding, we have invested over $1.1 million in rapid response emergency funding since March 2020.  This is in addition to the $2.6 million invested in our local social services network in 2020-21 to ensure ongoing support is there when people need it. 

As we cope with the immediate impacts of the pandemic and look toward recovery, we will be there for each other. You can help our community recover and become stronger.  Every effort, every dollar counts – that’s the power of community!  Even when we’re apart — even when our annual campaign may be taking place behind a screen – we’re working together, united in Local Love!

A Message from the United Way Executive Director – Glenna Banda

United In Local Love – Multiply Your Impact in 2020

2019 Community Impact Report

Inspiring others to participate in your workplace campaign begins with understanding the issues that affect our community and how United Way is committed to helping people and families across our region build better lives—both today and in the future.  Click the link above to learn how United Way is taking action on local issues.

Epledge is United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin’s online donation platform. It can be customized for your workplace’s campaign to allow employees to donate both through payroll and credit cards.

If this is something your workplace is interested in using or getting more information on, please contact Jillian at jillian@unitedwayguelph.com

Paper Pledge Form

Please ensure you make three copies (1-Donor, 1-Payroll Dept., 1 – United Way)

Lunch & Learn

One of the benefits of supporting the community you work in is the opportunity to educate your employees on issues that are important to them and having an impact in our community.

Together with our agency partners, we can deliver lunchtime sessions on a wide range of topics — from Basic Needs to Mental Health to Supports for Seniors. These sessions are offered free of charge as part of a workplace giving campaign to promote social responsibility, support your employee engagement goals and educate your teams on the needs of the community, raising awareness of the campaign and helping create healthy, caring workplaces.

Inspire Employee Involvement

1. Choose a topic that resonates with your employees and their charitable giving priorities — whether it’s the homeless, women in crisis, or children — lunchtime learning gives them the chance to participate in and get more deeply involved in your workplace campaign.

2. To ensure your lunchtime event is successful, it’s good practice to plan it in conjunction with other significant corporate events, get support from senior management, publicize in advance and provide lunch and refreshments. For staff working from home, Virtual Lunch and Learns simply take place by Zoom or other platforms.

3. Contact your United Way staff partner to help plan your event – whether it’s in person or virtual, you can choose from various videos and impact speakers. We can provide PowerPoint presentations and in-person or virtual speakers with personal stories to share.

Seeing Is Believing Tours

Seeing Is Believing bus tours provide United Way volunteers with an opportunity to see first hand where their donations go as they visit local agencies and programs, meet frontline workers, and recipients of services.

We’d like to introduce you to the people who work every day to make a difference in our community, to hear the stories of those whose lives have been changed, and to see the impact of your local love.

Due to COVID-19,  this year you can join our virtual tours as we visit various local charities who are doing amazing work during a very challenging time.

Tours Available

Basic Needs – Wyndham House Youth Shelter

Positive Mental Health – Hospice Wellington

More coming!

How Can We Help?

Can’t find what you need above?  Email your staff partner above, call us at 519-821-0571 or fill out the contact form below and we’ll get back to you!

I need:
 More information on United Way
 Tools and resources to plan my campaign
 Ideas and inspiration for running a campaign
 Virtual live events and presentations
 Pre-recorded video resources and impact stories
 Other