United Way of Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma District


Business Number: 108160300RR0001


To improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action.


To address poverty and the well-being of all our citizens by building barrier-free, diverse, healthy, inclusive, accepting, poverty-free communities where all citizens have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

How your gift will open doors to a better life for thousands

of people locally

There are more than 15,000 people that live in poverty in Sault Ste. Marie and the Algoma district.  These individuals and families are making impossible choices like whether to put food on the table or pay the rent.  Poverty touches every aspect of a person’s life, making it difficult to get ahead and realize a future full of possibilities.

One of United Way Canada's focus area is moving people from poverty to possibility. The United Way of Sault Ste. Marie & Algoma District is focusing on three priority areas to reduce poverty locally: Essential Services, Workforce Entry and Food Security.Our programs identify and remove barriers to access basic needs, education and employment, helping people realize their full potential.

 “Before Journey to Success, I lacked confidence in myself.  I did not know what my learning disability was or what my areas of needs are… the program helped me understand my learning style and inspired me to embrace my strengths as I improve my performance at school.” Amanda.

 The Journey to Success Program at the Learning Disabilities Association works one-on-one with students and provides them with the resources they need to achieve academic, social and emotional success.

 A complete list of our funded programs can be found at www.uwssmalgoma.ca

United Way has embarked on a 5 year campaign to reduce poverty in Sault Ste. Marie and the Algoma District. Our 5 year goal is to raise 6.25 million.  As of January 24, 2018 we have raised $2,566,787. We fund 22 programs through 14 Partners and United Way. To ensure the programs meet our expected outcomes and make a significant impact on poverty we have committed to provide funding for 3 - 4 years. We need your support now, before we get to year 5 to ensure these programs are funded.

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What People Are Saying

"If you’ve never known what it’s like to decide between feeding the kids lunch or breakfast, if you’re a retiree deciding what to pay this month, or if you could give your grandchild 5 bucks.. if you’re not in the low income category then you need to become a leader donor today! "

— Derek Patterson, Rogers

"I donate to United Way because I know my donation stays local. I believe Sault Ste. Marie is a fantastic community to live in and I want to help others feel the same way. I want those who are in-need to have access to the services that will change their lives. "

— Jodi Nastor, Edward Jones

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