We mobilize the power of our community to create lasting change.

The most important thing United Way can do for our community is to use our reputation, relationships and expertise to bring together resources of people, time, talent, technology, money and more. By channelling our community’s power behind solid strategies we can achieve lasting changes in the social conditions of individuals, families and our community.

How you can help


Join hands.
Open your heart.

You have the power to create lasting change: in people’s lives and in our community.  Every investment, small and large, creates a better community for us all.


Give your talent.
Invest your time.

As a volunteer, you make a direct, hands-on contribution to your community.
On our website, you can find rewarding opportunities in Elgin Middlesex.


Lend your muscle.
Find your voice.

You can make change happen with your voice by getting informed, educating your friends and showing your passion about local issues.

Give your talent. Invest your time.

There are many ways to volunteer in Elgin Middlesex. From regular, long-term commitments to one-time activities with your friends
and family, volunteering can have significant benefits for both you and your community.

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In your workplace

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For individuals, coworkers, friends and families

  • Host a third party event for United Way – be creative and have fun, with all proceeds benefitting United Way’s investments in your community.
    Contact us for more information
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Corporate volunteering

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For youth and young professionals

  • Join GenNext — United Way’s initiative to engage younger demographics to become actively involved in shaping our community
  • Get involved in our youth program
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For students

United Way seeks to provide a learning environment for students from the University of Western Ontario and its affiliated colleges, the Ivey School of Business, and Fanshawe College. Internship or student placement opportunities may be negotiated in areas related to: communications, fund development, and social justice/ social work/ psychology/ sociology.
Contact us for more information.

In your community

  • United Way regularly learns about opportunities at our 34 funded agencies. On issues related to poverty, mental health, and beginnings & transitions, we can often connect you to volunteer experiences at these agencies and programs
  • United Way and its funded agencies always benefit from pro-bono skills in areas like communications, event planning, strategic planning, and information technology
  • United Way is a member of the Pillar Nonprofit Network, which provides a community database of volunteer opportunities
  • Here’s a great opportunity to Make Change happen in your community! Get your workplace, family, friends or school involved with a product drive.  Choose an agency and challenge your colleagues to start collecting the much-needed items or products

United Way’s vision

A community where everyone matters.

All people are important and deserve a good quality of life. All people have the potential to need help and the potential to help. ‘Success’ and ‘quality of life’ mean different things to different people but we’re driven by the ultimate goal to have our community made up of people enjoying a good life and helping others to achieve the same.

Become a DoGooder

Become a GenNexter

In the spring of 2008, United Way Elgin Middlesex launched GenNext, an initiative to engage young people in their 20s and 30s to be more actively involved in shaping their community. GenNext’s mission is to mobilize this emerging generation of leaders to make a positive impact in Elgin Middlesex through awareness, involvement and giving.

A dynamic GenNext cabinet of volunteers leads this exciting work. Our goal is to inform young GenNexters about their community, link them to issues related to poverty, mental health, and beginnings & transitions, and connect them with volunteer opportunities that match their interests and ignite their passions.

More ways to get involved

Leadership Honour Roll

Sixteen innovative community champions, dedicated to building a stronger Elgin Middlesex Counties, matched all new and increased Leadership gifts in 2016. Through their collective investments, they doubled the impact for thousands of individuals who access life-changing programs that will give them the opportunity to not just survive in this community, but to thrive and contribute.

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Sponsored Employees

The Sponsored Employee Program (formerly known as Loaned Representatives) presents a unique professional development opportunity for individuals to join the United Way fundraising team. With training in fundraising techniques and ongoing coaching, a team of Sponsored Employees from a range of sectors unite in a common cause: assist and support the more than 750 employee fundraising campaigns in Elgin Middlesex.

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Labour Organizations

United Way has a formal and long-standing partnership with the labour community. Each year, labour organizations generously contribute their dollars, time and more to United Way. Thank you to all labour organizations and labour units and locals for their outstanding commitment to United Way and the Elgin Middlesex community.

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Start a workplace campaign

Create your own personalized campaign page and ask your family and friends to help you reach your goal. Setting up a campaign takes only a few moments.

Start a campaign

Together, we are possibility.

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