What we do2019-02-19T10:51:19-04:00

How We Fund

United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes Funding Application

The United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes Funding Application process is now closed. Deadline for applications was Friday February 1st, 2019 at noon.

Three Pillars

United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes funds programs that fall under the following categories:

All That Kids Can Be

All that Kids Can Be

  • Success in School
  • Community Engagement and Leadership Development
  • Emotional and Physical Wellbeing
  • Community Wide Strategies

From Poverty to Possibility

From Poverty to Possibility

  • Food Security
  • Housing Stability
  • Employment
  • Financial Literacy and Individual Support

Healthy People, Strong Communities

Healthy People, Strong Communities

  • People with Disabilities
  • Seniors
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Sexual and/or Domestic Violence
  • Neighbourhood Development and Engagement
  • Leadership Development
  • Volunteer Engagement

Financial Reporting and Governance

The United Way takes great care in the stewardship of donor trust and donor dollars. We accomplish this in a number of ways: reporting back to the community regarding fund allocation and distribution; managing operating expenses and minimizing fundraising expenses through the support of volunteers and the solicitation of pro bono services wherever possible. Our year –round fundraising and administration costs fluctuate between 9 – 12% which is well below that of many other agencies and the 35% cost-revenue ratio that the Canada Revenue Agency recommends charities maintain. We are committed to running an efficient organization that ensures as much of every dollar possible is directed back to the community we serve.

There are 123 United Ways across Canada, each of which is a registered charity governed by an autonomous Board of Directors. This Board of Directors is made up of local citizens who are engaged volunteers. In conjunction with the staff and other volunteers, the Board works to build a strong, caring community and responds to a broad range of human needs and programs.
The money that is raised here in the City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton County remains here. All funds are allocated locally to support our community.

Our financial statements are audited annually and presented at our Annual General Meeting. Your United Way is compliant with United Way Canada’s Transparency and Accountability Financial Standards and Canadian accounting standards for not- for- profit organizations.
Want to know more? Check out our CRA Status here and see our audited financial statements here (2016).

What We Fund

VCCS Employment Services2019-01-22T14:56:53-04:00

VCCS Employment Services develops and delivers employment programs and related services to residents in the City of Kawartha Lakes and surrounding areas.



  • Funded Programs: 211
  • Total Programs Impacted: 1
  • United Way 2018 funding: $3,465
  • Mailling Address: 370 Kent St. W., Lindsay, ON K9V 6G8
  • Telephone: (705) 328-0180
  • Email: career@careerservices.org
The Canadian Mental Health Association2019-01-22T14:55:25-04:00

The Canadian Mental Health Association, Kawartha Lakes Branch works with individuals, families and community partners in providing services to promote and enhance the mental health and wellness of those living within the communities we serve.

  • Funded Programs: Voluntary Trusteeship program
  • Total Programs Impacted: 1
  • United Way 2018 funding: $15,000
  • Mailing Address: 33 Lindsay St. S. Second Floor Unit C, Lindsay, ON K9V 2C5
  • Telephone: (705) 328-2704
  • Email: info@cmhahkpr.ca
Early ON Child and Family Centre2019-01-22T15:03:05-04:00

Early ON Child and Family Centre promotes, supports and enables healthy development of children and families providing accessible, responsive and educational programs and services for children.

  • Funded Programs: Fathering Program, Queen Victoria Public School Summer Outreach Program, Fit Kids Programming in City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton
  • Total Programs Impacted: 3
  • United Way 2018 funding: $10,000 plus $9,266.67 in designations from LCBO At the Till Campaign for Haliburton-based programs.
  • Mailing Address: 55 Mary St. W., Suite 106, Lindsay, ON K9V 5Z6
  • Telephone: (705) 324-7900
  • Email: admin@oeyc.ca
Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Kawartha Lakes-Haliburton2019-01-22T14:52:36-04:00

Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Kawartha Lakes-Haliburton promotes and monitors long-term supportive friendships for children that will benefit from quality relationships with caring adults.

  • Funded Programs: Core funding of Traditional One-to-One Match, In-school Mentoring, Big Bunch, Kids N’ Kops, Co-op In School Mentoring, Strong from the Start Pre-Match Training.
  • Total Programs Impacted: 6
  • United Way 2018 funding: $28,178 plus $9,266.67 in designations from LCBO At the Till Campaign for Haliburton-based programs.
  • Mailing Address: 117 Kent St. W., Box 761, Lindsay, ON K9V 4W9
  • Telephone: (705) 324-6800
  • Email: klh@bigbrothersbigsisters.info
Community Living Trent Highlands2019-01-22T15:05:51-04:00

Community Living Trent Highlands empowers people with developmental challenges, with their families, to achieve their unique personal goals. Community Living Kawartha Lakes leads in fostering healthy inclusive communities.

  • Funded Programs: Open the Door to Employment
  • Total Programs Impacted: 1
  • United Way 2018 funding: $5,000
  • Mailing Address: 205 McLaughlin Rd., Suite 200, Lindsay, ON K9V 0K7
  • Telephone: (705) 328-0464
  • Email: info@clth.ca
St. John Ambulance2019-01-22T15:07:05-04:00

St. John Ambulance enables Canadians to improve their health, safety and quality of life by providing training and community service.


  • Funded Programs: Therapy Dogs, Advanced Medical First Responders
  • Total Programs Impacted: 2
  • United Way 2018 funding: $5,000
  • Mailing Address: Victoria Park Armoury 210 Kent St. W., P.O. Box 854, Lindsay, ON K9V 5N3
  • Telephone: (705) 324-9894
  • Email: kawartha@on.sja.ca
Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes2019-01-22T14:54:27-04:00

Community Care Health & Care Network is a leader in the collaborative design and delivery of integrated and responsive health and support services that respect individual choice, dignity and independence.


  • Funded Programs: Community Dental Clinic
  • Total Programs Impacted: 1 (+designation to Hospice)
  • United Way 2018 funding: $18,000.00 plus $1,000 designation to Hospice
  • Dental Clinic Mailing address: 108 Angeline St. S, Door C, Lindsay ON K9V 3L5
  • Dental Clinic Telephone: (705) 879-4100
  • Dental Clinic Email: dental@ccckl.ca
The John Howard Society2019-01-22T15:01:54-04:00

The John Howard Society believes that crime can be reduced through social and educational programs and the active involvement of an informed community.


  • Funded Programs: Core—Wrap Around Funding, Youth Self Management Program – Strategies, Options, Solutions “SOS” (prevention & intervention), Self-Management Adult Program (SMA)
  • Total Programs Impacted: 3
  • United Way 2018 funding: $28,178
  • Mailing Address: 31 Peel St., Lindsay, ON K9V 3L9
  • Telephone: (705) 328-0472
  • Email: info@jhscklh.on.ca


  • Mona Hall Telecare Legacy Fund: John Howard Society $5,000
  • United Way Community Gardens: $33,600
  • Point in Time – Food For Kids Program (Haliburton): $9,266.67 from LCBO At the Till Campaign, Haliburton stores
  • King Albert Summer Hub and Brown Bag Program: $5,000
  • $5,000 in designations to other agencies

Community Development

Healthy People, Strong Communities2019-01-21T10:29:16-04:00

Veggies for Vets

  • Since early 2018, we have been working on a project called Veggies for Vets; working with local Legions to build community garden plots and teach technology workshops to seniors. Read all about it here.
Poverty to Possibility2019-01-22T12:23:45-04:00
  • Various Committees that we sit on in Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton include:

    Access to Permanent Housing, Poverty Reduction Network, Food Coalition, Brown Bag Summer Lunch program, Age Friendly Committee, Poverty Reduction Strategy Steering Team, Poverty Round Table for CKL and Haliburton, Children’s Planning Table, Safe Communities and 211.

All That Kids Can Be2019-01-21T10:30:47-04:00

Community Hub at King Albert Public School

  • We were able to provide two healthy meals and a snack to 60 program participants for three weeks of kindergarten readiness, summer learning, and job readiness programming. Read the full report here.

Edwin Binney Lindsay Community Gardens

  • We are so excited that this project is finally happening. We will be able to provide thousands of pounds of fresh produce to people in our community, thanks to a gift of land from Crayola Canada, and agricultural expertise from Fleming College! Learn more here.

Mural Competition

  • Get ready, full details will be available in February of 2019. Youth between the ages of 15-24 are invited to enter a mural competition. The winner will get to paint their mural on a billboard at the front of the new Edwin Binney Lindsay Community Gardens! For contest details, click here.

Documentary Competition

  • Get ready, full details will be available in February of 2019. Youth between the ages of 15-24 are invited to enter a documentary competition to help us tell the story of our gardens. For contest details, click here.