What we do2022-11-10T12:26:37-05:00

Stronger Together

Without a doubt each of us will be forever impacted by COVID-19. United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes believes that together we can build back stronger and support our most vulnerable and at-risk citizens.

Over $8M has been invested in agency programs since 1986 in the City of Kawartha Lakes. In addition, United Way has invested more than $1 million in community projects since 2005. UWCKL works to promote the independence and growth of local non-profit agencies and through community consultations we can lead in projects to address gaps. This work is driven by local donors who commit to helping people with both immediate and long-term needs.

How did we help our community in 2020 -21?

We assisted agencies with product and funds to reach our most vulnerable citizens in this crisis. As we move into 2021-2022, we will invest in our community in the highest priority area while as always, honouring designated gifts. Here is a quick glance at community investments:

  • 100,000 masks were provided by Nanoleaf and came through Prince Edward County United Way, a regional partner. The value of the mask donation for us is $44,284.70. This company donated 100,000 to each of 6 United Ways in our region of Ontario.
  • 22 agencies in CKL and Haliburton received Emergency Community Response Funds.
  • 7 Agencies received funding through New Horizons for Seniors Program.
  • Over 16,000 lbs of produce which was distributed to 20 agencies, food banks and 3 special pilot projects.

The United Way Board of Directors has prioritized funds for continued emergency support to critical food security programs. These funds will reinforce the current 20 agencies and identified pilot projects that received food from Edwin Binney’s Community Garden this past season. The pandemic response will temporarily delay other granting and the board will monitor all opportunities.

We are in this together and our campaign will continue, please donate today.

Still Time to Donate

Help us build back stronger. Our annual campaign is open and local donations are needed now more than ever.

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Three Pillars

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

From Poverty to Possibility

From Poverty to Possibility

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

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

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 77 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.

What We Have Funded

VCCS Employment Services2021-06-07T11:58:17-04:00

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



  • Funded Programs: Generation Connections Mentoring
  • Total Programs Impacted: 1
  • United Way 2019 funding: $12,819.60
  • Mailling Address: 370 Kent St. W. Unit 5, Lindsay, ON K9V 6G8
  • Telephone: (705) 328-0180
  • Email: local@vccs.work  
The Canadian Mental Health Association2021-06-07T11:51:39-04:00

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 2019 funding: $7,122
  • Mailing Address: 33 Lindsay St. S. Second Floor Unit C, Lindsay, ON K9V 2L9
  • Telephone: (705) 328-2704
  • Email: info@cmhahkpr.ca
Early ON Child and Family Centre2021-06-07T12:00:15-04:00

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: Children’s Programming in Haliburton
  • Total Programs Impacted: 1
  • United Way 2019 funding: $5,882.63 in designations from LCBO At the Till Campaign for Haliburton-based programs.
  • Mailing Address: 55 Mary St. W., Suite 106, Lindsay, ON K9V 2N6
  • Telephone: (705) 324-7900
  • Email: admin@oeyc.ca
Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Kawartha Lakes-Haliburton2021-06-07T12:06:47-04:00

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 2019 funding: $18,992 plus $5,882.63 in designations from LCBO At the Till Campaign for Haliburton-based programs.
  • Mailing Address: 117 Kent St. W., Box 761, Lindsay, ON K9V 2Y5
  • Telephone: (705) 324-6800
  • Email: klh@bigbrothersbigsisters.info
Community Living Trent Highlands2019-08-15T08:38:11-04:00

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 2019 funding: $5,000
  • Mailing Address: 205 McLaughlin Rd., Suite 200, Lindsay, ON K9V 0K7
  • Telephone: (705) 328-0464
  • Email: info@clth.ca
St. John Ambulance2019-08-15T08:33:46-04:00

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 2019 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 Lakes2021-06-02T15:03:54-04:00

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
  • United Way 2019 funding: $11,870
  • Dental Clinic Mailing address: 189 Kent Street West, Suite 206, Lindsay ON K9V 5G6
  • Dental Clinic Telephone: (705) 879-4100 (option 2)
  • Dental Clinic Email: dental@ccckl.ca
The John Howard Society2019-08-15T08:37:23-04:00

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), Anger Management Adult Program, Caring Dads Program
  • Total Programs Impacted: 4
  • United Way 2018 funding: $16,618
  • Mailing Address: 31 Peel St., Lindsay, ON K9V 3L9
  • Telephone: (705) 328-0472
  • Email: info@jhscklh.on.ca
Pandemic Response2021-11-02T13:10:39-04:00

UWCKL administered two pandemic response funds for the federal government: the New Horizons for Seniors COVID-19 Seniors Response Fund and the Emergency Community Response Fund.

New Horizons for Seniors Response Fund:

  • $46,814

Emergency Community Support Fund:

  • Round 1: $259,147.44
  • Round 2: $85,575.64

Find out which agencies received funding here.



  • Mona Hall Telecare Legacy Fund: Community Care Health and Care Network: $5,000
  • Neighbourhood Bounty: $17,744.28 (this includes United Way’s Community Garden program, and Edwin Binney’s Community Garden)
  • Point in Time – Food For Kids Program (Haliburton): $14,762.88 from LCBO At the Till Campaign, Haliburton stores
  • King Albert School Nutrition Program: $2,000
  • $3,770 in designations to other agencies
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