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Frequently Asked Questions

Your donation supports children and families who need it most in Windsor-Essex County. United Way invests in Cradle to Career strategies to support children from the time that they’re born until they find a career. 

In some neighbourhoods, more than 50% of children are experiencing poverty. These are the children that need more opportunities – access to healthy and fresh food, inspiring places to go after school, and mentors to support them on their path to success.

When we say Cradle to Career, we are referring to our support for children from the time they are conceived until they find a career. Meaningful employment generally occurs once a person has completed some form of post-secondary education or trades training.

United Way will continue to invest in youth mentoring, and in-person and online out-of-school programming in our priority neighbourhoods – Downtown Windsor, West Windsor and Leamington. This includes technology for school-aged children, online academic supports, mental health counselling, and the food bank network which helps to distribute food to thousands of people in Windsor-Essex County.

For example, United Way’s On Track To Success program offers supports that wrap around a family and help youth graduate high school and go on to post-secondary education – students receive mentoring, tutoring, career learning opportunities to name a few.

Childhood poverty continues to affect kids across our community. In order to make the most impact, we will be starting our investments in three targeted neighbourhoods first – Downtown Windsor, West Windsor and Leamington. In some cases, the rate of childhood poverty is even higher – with more than 50% of the kids living in poverty.

By levelling the playing field across these neighbourhoods, we can work with residents, families and children to open doors for kids – and give them hope, opportunities and the abilities to achieve their dreams.

United Way’s costs are some of the lowest in the not-for-profit sector. United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County is 100% local.  All donations stay in our community to support local residents. 

United Way’s Board of Directors conducted a salary review in 2015. Staff salaries, including the CEO, at United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County are in line with the average rate of pay compared to other local not-for-profit organizations in our community. 

We proudly power the community-wide Cradle to Career strategy, engage donors and volunteers, and raise millions of dollars to support children and families in Windsor-Essex County. Our fundraising and administrative costs are invested in those efforts.  Approximately 80 cents of every dollar goes directly into the community.

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