Business Number: 107785339RR0001

About This Charity

Our Mission

Northumberland United Way's Mission is to create a better life for everyone in Northumberland County through leadership and partnerships that mobilize community resources.

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

About Our Charity

Northumberland United Way has 3 funding priorities: From Poverty to Possibility; Strong Communities; and All That Kids Can Be. We provide funding to partner agencies including Community Living West Northumberland, Help Centre, Kinark Child & Family Services, Learning Disabilities, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Northumberland Community Counselling Ctr, Community Care, Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre, St. John Ambulance, VON, and YMCA Northumberland, as well as programs such as Back Packs for Kids, Status of Women Project, Info Northumberland, Day of Caring, and more.

A Brief History

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 eleven.

What People Are Saying

"My husband and I are very grateful for the Northumberland Big Brothers Big Sisters Program. Our daughters are fortunate to be matched with 3 young, energetic women. Our daughters smile more, walk taller and feel better about themselves. Your commitment has enriched the lives of our little girls."

— Client, Northumberland Big Brothers Big Sisters

"When I needed someone to talk to, there was a counselor at Cornerstone, every single time. When I was in crisis , they were there. They helped me with safety planning and helped me on my journey of healing and gaining ownership of my life again. "

— Client, Cornerstone Family Violence and Prevention

"Because of the Learning Disabilities Association’s After School Tutoring program, I can now read at my grade level and I am doing well in all of my subjects at school. I feel better about myself and my learning abilities.” "

— Client, Learning Disabilities Association, Northumberland