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The need for United Way

Why do we need United Way in NL?

United Way is an efficient fundraising organization for all sizes of charities, with funds allocated where the need is greatest within the community.

How is United Way different & important?

United Way is different & important because it evaluates all charities and needs within our community and allocates funding where the need is greatest. It does not focus on one cause or organization, but redistributes donations to multiple beneficiaries, large and small throughout the entire province.

How does United Way determine where the need is greatest?

A committee of volunteers who represent a cross-section of the community, and have a background in at least one of the focus areas, reviews applications from charities annually.

The committee distributes funds to support projects in each of the focus areas. The committee is also responsible for researching community needs, collaborating with community partners and assessing projects that have been funded.

What are the United Way focus areas?

The United Way has a Community Fund that allocates grants in three focus areas: All That Kids Can Be; Healthy People, Strong Communities; and Poverty to Possibility.

What causes received United Way support last year?

In 2013, 48 distinct causes throughout Newfoundland and Labrador received support from United Way’s Community Fund. Some of the causes that received United Way support include the Labrador Friendship Centre, South and Central Health Foundation, Gander Boys and Girls Club, YMCA of Northeast Avalon, The Autism Society of NL, Kids Help Phone, Easter Seals, Seniors Resource Centre NL, and the Association for New Canadians.