At United Way Simcoe Muskoka, we’re working to create opportunities for a better life for all regional residents
Our work is based on a simple but profound belief—what unites us is ultimately far more powerful than what divides us. When you support United Way Simcoe Muskoka, your undesignated gift goes directly to our Community Fund, which supports strategies aimed at improving the social conditions in our region. In the short term, we do this by meeting immediate needs—helping individuals when they need it most to avoid escalation; and in the long term by addressing the root causes of social problems through a systemic and collaborative approach that works to change whole communities. By gathering resources and focusing them where research indicates the greatest needs occur, United Way Simcoe Muskoka focuses its efforts on the three priority areas: helping people move from poverty to possibility, building strong communities, and helping kids/youth be all they can be.
We make a difference every single day
United Way Simcoe Muskoka supports the social fabric that ties our region together. Each day, in every corner of our region, we’re working with front-line agencies, community partners, the private sector, and all levels of government to ensure people have access to help when they need it most. Our Community Fund provides stability to community agencies and strengthens their capacity to serve Simcoe Muskoka — both today and into the future.
We’re working to address the root causes of social problems
United Way Simcoe Muskoka's long-term strategies work to create lasting changes that will improve whole communities by targeting the conditions that lead to social challenges—to get at issues before they become problems in the first place. Our goal is to fulfill long-term needs and create lasting change. This means going beyond helping one person at a time—it’s about changing systems to make things better for all of us. This approach is based on evidence and ongoing research, and it’s promoted through advocacy aimed at influencing public attitudes and government policies.
We bring people together from all walks of life to build a better community
At United Way Simcoe Muskoka, we believe it takes everyone working together to change social conditions. We engage the entire community, bringing together people from all walks of life in a common purpose. We work to build an understanding of our region's challenges—and then mobilize people, ideas and resources to achieve our shared aspirations. Together, we’re building a better future for everyone by connecting governments, the private sector and individual donors with the community—we’re working in partnership to address our local social problems.