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Sponsored Employee Program

What we do:

Each fall, United Way Centraide North East Ontario/ Nord-est de l'Ontario runs an Annual Fundraising Campaign. With the dollars raised, we invest in programs and initiatives in our community that improve lives and strengthen the foundation of our community.

How we do it:

To raise funds, we partner with workplaces in the public and private sectors to raise dollars. In order to assist our small staff with supporting these workplaces, we rely on key partners to provide a Sponsored Employee for the duration of the 16 week Campaign. This employee works on behalf of United Way during this time. Sponsored Employees provide support to 300 workplace campaigns across the city. They work diligently with workplace volunteers to strategize, provide materials and deliver training.

What's in it for employers?

Getting involved provides many benefits for your organization including:

  • Public recognition as a committed corporate donor
  • Repeated citywide positive exposure for your organization
  • A stronger workplace campaign; employees who have completed the program can use their experience and skills to fill a lead role in your future United Way workplace campaigns
  • Professional coaching and training for your employee 

What's in it for employees?

The benefits of being a Sponsored Employee are numerous. They include development of the following:
  • Sales and customer service skills
  • Teamwork and interpersonal skills
  • Public speaking skills
  • Negotiation skills
  • Organization and facilitation skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Coaching and mentoring skills
  • Time and project management skills
After the program is complete, employees return to their place of employment with over 500 hours of on-the-job experience providing them with enhanced skills, an expanded professional network and greater leadership potential.

How can you get involved?

Options include:
  • Providing one of your employees to participate in the Sponsored Employee program
  • Donate sponsorship funding
Organizations that have participated in the Sponsored Employee program include: 
  • City of Greater Sudbury
  • Collège Boréal
  • Laurentian University
  • Cambrian College
  • Vale / Steelworkers Local 6500
  • Glencore / CAW Mine Mill 2020
  • Canada Revenue Agency / PSAC
  • Health Sciences North
  • Ministry of Government Services (Sudbury)
  • Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (Sudbury)
  • Ministry of Transportation (Sudbury)


For more information about this program, please contact Katherine Cockburn; Development Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone: 705-560-3330, Ext. 218

2013 Sponsored EmployeesLeft to right: Denise Bélanger (sponsored employee), Olesia (Canada World Youth volunteer), Kayla (Canada World Youth volunteer), Curtis Radey (Shared Space Coordinator), Britt Brown (sponsored employee) and Tina Vincent Gagnon (sponsored employee)


Denise Bélanger, City of Greater Sudbury Sponsored Employee, 2013
“I’ve had the opportunity to work with United Way as a sponsored employee for the past couple years now. I must say it has been a very rewarding experience! There is something quite fulfilling about doing positive things for your community. It has opened my heart to helping those in need. I’ve learned that workplace collaboration and education is key to keeping our community strong and healthy. United Way has empowered me to make a difference and, it has allowed me to grow as an individual, both professionally and personally. I challenge you to embark on this journey and become part of a wonderful team. Given the opportunity, I’d do it again in a heartbeat!”


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