Community Programs and Partnerships

ReNew It General Home Repair Program

  • Under the ReNew It General Home Repair Program, qualified applicants are able to access small loans from Habitat for Humanity to be used for the sole purpose of home repairs that have been identified by the Habitat Family Selection Committee in consultation with the homeowner
  • Most ReNew It loan amounts would be in the $500 - $3,000 range. These no-interest loans have a nominal administration fee and a repayment plan based on the individual homeowner’s ability to pay
  • United Way recognizes along with Habitat for Humanity - that helping local low-income families stay in their existing homes is good for everyone.

Click here to watch launch video


  Day of Caring

  • 17th Annual Day of Caring – June 6, 2014
  •  Cameco Corporation, CpK Interior Products, SABIC, Esco, Lakefront Utility Services Inc., Spectrum Brands Canada Inc., Arclin surfaces, Stalwood Homes, and Behan Construction worked together with partners YMCA Northumberland, the Lion’s Club of Cobourg and Home Building Centre to help in thier community because they know change starts here.
  •  Over 140 Employee,  management and community members worked together for the day, volunteering their time and skills for 44 different jobs at local not for profits and clients homes in Cobourg and Port Hope

Back Packs for Kids

  • Supplies over 1,700 students with new back packs and school supplies annually
  • The essential supplies are supported by a large group of community partners including, Staples Business Depot, Ganaraska Financial Services, Cameco Corporation, Northumberland County, Rotary Club of Cobourg, Rotary Club of Colborne and Rotary Club of Northumberland Sunrise, Carpenters' Union Local 397, Order of the Eastern Star, Lions Club of Cobourg, Food 4 All Northumberland, Highland Shores Children’s Aid Society, Sabic, Municipality of Port Hope
  • Their generous support has enabled the United Way to provide back packs full of supplies for distribution to both elementary and high school students throughout Northumberland County.   


Leadership Development Services 

  • LDS assists volunteer-driven not-for-profit, charitable organizations to develop knowledge, skills, and tools they require to become effective leaders and to increase the capacity of their organization through affordable training and strategic planning assistance
  • LDS offered eight workshops during Fall 2011 and Winter 2012 on a variety of topics. The workshops were lead by respected leaders in their field.
  • 95 individuals attended seven workshops, representing over 30 organizations within the County.  All areas of the County were represented including participants from Trent Hills and Cramahe
  • 100% of participants in the LDS workshops stated they would contact United Way for assistance with future workshops and also found them reasonably priced


Action for Community Change

  • Action for Community Change began in 2012 and is a project of Northumberland United Way in partnership with 3 other rural United Ways in Ontario.
  • This program helps to identify priorities in our community and determine how to best use resources in order to make the most impact. 
  • Over 20 Community Conversations have been had around the county in which the aspirations of residents and the issues that concern them most are identified.
  • The Action for Community Change project is funded through the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

905-372-8913 or 800-396-6626

  • A free resource that provides information on health and human services ( located at 600 William St., Suite 700, Cobourg
  • Searchable database for local volunteer opportunities and health and human services
  •  E-mail blast service for a minimal fee
  • Data partner with 211
  • New website launched in April 2012


Emergency Volunteer Registry (EVR)

905-372-8913 or 8000-396-6626

  • EVR Launched May 2012 in partnership with Northumberland County
  • EVR is a database of people who are prepared to volunteer during an emergency or disaster situation using a specific set of skills



  • Dial 211
  • A free public information service connecting people to community, social, health and government services
  • 211 is available 24/7, confidential and multilingual 

Food 4 All Northumberland


 Food 4 All Northumberland supports food security across the county thanks to the operational funding provided by Northumberland County Community and Social Services.  Northumberland United Way acts as a charitable partner, raising additional funds for the warehouse.

  • 20 plus volunteers contributed more than 2,500 hours of volunteer hours at the warehouse in 2012
  • 43,000 cases, or 1.3 million pounds, of food were distributed in 2012
  • Food 4 All supplies 14 food banks, more than 40 school nutrition programs, over 20 faith-based groups and another 60+ not-for-profit community based groups with food and essential items such as laundry supplies and personal care products
  • Since opening in 2004, over 183,000 cases or more than 6 million pounds of food have been distributed to 160+ local members.  

Northumberland United Way
Lakefront Utilities Services Inc.
Day of Sharing

Lakefont Utilities Services Inc. and their employees have generously committed to hold a “Day of Sharing” to take place on Thursday, October 2, 2014, from 8:00am to 2:00pm in the east end of Cobourg, Grafton and Colborne.

In order for the Day of Sharing to be a success, we need your help in identifying projects you would like considered for inclusion for the day and the supplies and materials needed to complete them.  When completing the form, please be sure to provide as much detail as possible about any financial support or volunteers that your organization is able to commit to get your job accomplished.

Click here to download the Day of Sharing application

Click here to view the Day of Sharing Press Release







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