Why donate to Northumberland United Way?

In Northumberland, 7% of families and 9% of children fall below the poverty line.  Every dollar invested in Northumberland United Way stays in your community. When you donate, you help to strengthen your community and create a better place for everyone to live.

Your money is put to use where it is needed most. Northumberland United Way supports member agencies, provides grants, and invests in many community programs. Together, these address the growing needs in your community in the most efficient and comprehensive manner possible.

Creating Change
When you donate, you touch the lives of 1 in 3 residents of Northumberland County. For instance, in the first nine years, over 10,000 back packs filled with school supplies were distributed to students from kindergarten to grade 12 across the county. This is just one way United Way is creating positive change.

Your donation helps children and youth, families, seniors, and individuals in Northumberland. The need is right here.  


Our Mission

 To create a better life for everyone in Northumberland through leadership and partnerships that mobilize community resources.

Our Values

  • We operate with transparency and accountability
  • We encourage and promote volunteerism and volunteer leadership
  • We recognize that our donors, our volunteers and our staff are essential to our success
  • We support innovation
  • We practice inclusion
  • We embrace the power of community partnerships

Our Vision

We are an organization that benefits the lives of individuals and families in Northumberland County. To achieve this:

  • We focus on key communities priorities
  • We support the programs that create a positive impact
  • We partner to make our community stronger
  • We honour the values of all of our donors, volunteers and staff


Origins of the Northumberland United Way date back to 1966 when a group of local businessmen, with the assistance of the Chamber of Commerce, started investigating the possibilities of establishing a United Appeal in Cobourg.

The premise of the United Appeal was to bring all local charities under one umbrella and hold an annual volunteer-based fundraising drive in the fall. The monies collected would then be allocated to the charities involved per their request.

The first United Appeal campaign was launched in the fall of 1969 and was aimed at raising funds for six local charities. Of these original six agencies (C.N.I.B., The Arthritis Society, Canadian Red Cross, Cobourg & District Scouts, Cobourg YMCA, and St. John Ambulance) three are still funded by the United Way today.

The number of agencies funded by the organization has grown from 6 to 11.

    «August 2015»


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