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About Us

We love where we live.
This local love powers our efforts to support children and families.

Our Mission:

Ignite the desire in everyone to improve lives and build strong communities.

Our Vision:

A generation from now, Windsor-Essex County is a prosperous community where all children have the ability to achieve their dreams and reach their potential.

Our Values

Integrity

We uphold the highest ethical standards. We are trustworthy, honest and respectful with our donors, volunteers, partners, residents and each other.

Results Oriented

Our work has a clear purpose that is data-driven and outcome-focused. We are committed to continuous improvement to achieve our goals.

Adaptive

To make a lasting impact on the community that we serve, we keep bold goals in the forefront, innovate and take calculated risks. We are forward-thinking with an entrepreneurial enthusiasm.

Equity

Some children, youth and families need more help than others to achieve their potential. We advocate to remove barriers in systems and address the causes of inequality in neighbourhoods that need it the most.

Transparency

Open, clear and timely communications are at the forefront of our work. We are accountable to donors, partners, residents and each other.

Inclusivity

Our work is strongest when it fully reflects the diversity of people and ideas. We will ensure that all voices are heard and considered.

United Way Canada, local staff and the Board of Directors are taking a serious look at our work in the community through the lens of equity, diversity and inclusion. Local United Way staff are involved in extensive training and reflection to ensure our workplace culture authentically reflects these ideals. Diverse voices are also being welcomed to the table to reflect the communities that we serve.

United Way is listening, learning and setting goals to create a more equitable, diverse and inclusive space for all. To get the ball rolling, United Way’s Board of Directors has the first all-female Corporate Officer team in United Way’s history.

Think Global, Act Local

United Way is a worldwide not-for-profit movement. In Canada, United Way operates in approximately 80 communities. Each United Way raises support locally to respond to local needs. Each United Way is governed by an autonomous Board of Directors that, along with staff and volunteers, helps to build a caring community. United Way has proudly served the Windsor-Essex County community since 1947.

Unlocking Youth Potential

ProsperUs is a collective of non-profit, government, health care, education, labour, business, and inspired residents with a shared vision of a prosperous Windsor-Essex County where every young person has the opportunity and support to succeed from cradle to career.

United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County proudly powers the collective work of ProsperUs as the backbone organization.  

Land Acknowledgement

In the spirit of our journey to reconciliation, we would like to honour the truth of our shared history and acknowledge that our service region is located on the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, comprised of the Ojibwe, the Odawa, and the Potawatomie. For those of us in Leamington, we acknowledge the traditional territory of the Caldwell First Nation.

We are grateful for the opportunity to live and work here and are thankful for the generations of people who have taken care of this land for thousands of years. We also recognize the contributions of First Nations, Métis, Inuit, and other Indigenous peoples who have and continue to live in these communities.

United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County is committed to acknowledging and appreciating the Indigenous peoples’ historic connection to this land and aspires to be an ally by raising awareness of our Indigenous partners and communities. It is important to atone for the colonial theft and genocide that took place and the oppression of Indigenous peoples that continues today. This acknowledgement is one small part of our journey – moving forward, we are dedicated to listening to, learning from, collaborating with, and elevating the voices of Indigenous communities and partners. We are committed to weaving this learning into our policies and practices on an ongoing basis.

Please take a moment to recognize the land on which we gather and to reflect upon the journey to reconciliation with the Indigenous peoples of this land.

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