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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


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.


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.


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.


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


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

The land on which we gather is the traditional territory the of Three Fires confederacy of First Nations, comprised of the Ojibway, the Odawa, and the Potawatomie and for those of us who gather on the lands near Leamington we acknowledge the traditional territories of the Caldwell First Nations. Please take a moment to consider the lands on which we stand.


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