• Partnerships, Programs & Initiatives

UWCNEO provides financial support for the following programs that align with our work and create achievable outcomes for stronger, healthier communities.

211 Ontario

211 is a human service database that helps individuals navigate the complex network of human services quickly and easily, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in over 150 languages for free!

Access the service by dialling 2-1-1 and speak to a live 211 referral specialist or visit 211ontario.ca.

Community Volunteer Income Tax

United Way Centraide North East Ontario/Nord-est de l’Ontario (UWCNEO), in partnership with Canada Revenue Agency, is offering a virtual Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) this year. Our trained volunteers will assist low-income earners file their income tax returns over the telephone. This program opens in March and runs until the following January.

Register for Community Volunteer Income Tax Program 

Young Leaders on Board

United Way’s Young Leaders on Board Program is a great way to get connected to the community at a leadership level and learn from some of the best leaders in the social sector. Young Leaders on Board provides board training to individuals between the ages of 20 and 39 who are looking to get actively involved in shaping the future of community.

Register for Leaders On Board

Keeping Seniors Warm

Growing old comes with its challenges. This is why United Way wants to help vulnerable older adults access the basic needs they deserve to live a healthy and dignified life. Keeping Seniors Warm ensures that our community’s residents AGED 55+ are equipped with the appropriate winter gear to keep them warm during the cold months. The program currently runs in Sudbury with the hopes of expanding in other North East regions.

Tampon Tuesday

For many of us, menstruation is a fact of life, but we don’t often give it much thought. We start our period, we grab a box of pads or tampons, and away we go. However, menstrual hygiene products can be costly and far too many individuals, especially those living in poverty, simply cannot afford them. This is where Tampon Tuesday is helping.

Since 2017, United Way, the Canadian Labour Congress and Bell Media have worked together to raise awareness and collect menstrual products to help address period poverty in our communities by hosting Tampon Tuesday events.

Volunteer Resource Centre

UWCNEO’s Volunteer Resource Centre is the community’s hub for volunteer connection. Whether you are an individual looking to make a difference, or a community agency looking to post a volunteer opportunity, the Volunteer Resource Centre is the place to start.

Programs and Services by District:


The Community Outreach Program through Association des Jeunes de la Rue helps alleviate homelessness in Greater Sudbury.  Services include referral to community resources, suicide intervention, immediate first aid, health support and transportation to essential services.

Many children and youth struggle with societal barriers and face adversities in their lives like poor living conditions, family violence, and identity challenges. The Matching Program through Big Brothers Big Sisters provides a direct service to children by matching volunteers and youths in quality mentoring relationships so children and youth at risk have the opportunity to live up to their full potential.

The Ongoing Support and Volunteer Services Program through the Elizabeth Fry Society of Northeastern Ontario provides one on one support and programming for women and gender diverse people who are criminalized or at risk.  Services include counselling, outreach, crisis intervention, food assistance, clothing, transportation, referrals to housing and community services. 

Voices for Women is a free community-based service through Health Sciences North for individuals identifying as women who have experienced sexual violence. The program provides a safe space to help survivors regain a sense of personal power and recognize their own self-worth as they embark on their healing journey. VOICES for Women provides psychoeducation, individual and group trauma-based therapy, safety planning, advocacy as well as community education and training.

The Life Skills Management Program offered by Inner-City Home of Sudbury provides hands-on learning to build on the strengths of individuals and enhance their coping skills to make better choices. Sessions such as Managing Anger and Building Self-Esteem provide an opportunity for individuals to enhance their emotional health and empower them to take responsibility for their choices.    

The Community Support Initiatives created by the John Howard Society of Sudbury is a key service dedicated to creating safer communities by fostering an effective criminal justice system. Clients reintegrating into society are supported through one-on-one planning, cognitive behavioural sessions such as anger and conflict resolution, community education, and more.

Supportive Care Services ensure that the psychosocial and spiritual needs of residents, clients and families are met, both through the dying process and the grief and bereavement stages. Maison de soins palliatifs de Sudbury Hospice provides support to meet the wide range of cultural, spiritual, and religious needs of those served.  

The Hot Meal Program helps remove food insecurities to clients in need.  Hot, nutritious meals are prepared and delivered by Meals on Wheels volunteers Monday to Friday for seniors, caregivers, new moms, individuals with disabilities and other vulnerable populations.  Not only does the program offer hot meals, but volunteers are able to check on the well-being of their clients who are often feeling lonely and isolated.

The New Hope Drop-In Centre provides a safe space for vulnerable clients in need to access technology, experience community, and obtain supports and referrals to other agencies. The Drop-In Centre also provides access to food and basic needs.

The ParkSide Centre Without Walls (PCWW) is a virtual seniors centre providing social, educational and recreational programming to older adults over the age of 50 and to adults over the age of 18 who have a disability. PCWW is a virtual telephone-based active living centre that has the capacity to keep participants connected to a community of experts and peers. It is free, interactive and provides a rich line-up of local professionals offering health and wellness presentations, educational lectures, exercise classes, art classes, music lessons, interactive games and more.

Giving our children the best start is critical for positive mental and physical development. Better Beginning Better Futures’ Baby Breath Program provides support to young mothers through prenatal education, group discussions, parenting workshops and more. Through the program, parents increase their knowledge of child development, access community resources and learn about proper infant nutrition. 

The Conflict Management Coaching Program provides youth involved in at-risk behaviour revolving around conflict. The program, offered through Sudbury District Restorative Justice is designed to assist youth in developing self-management skills to prevent and manage conflict and other behaviours that negatively impact social, physical, emotional and mental health.

Pre-Teen Recreational After School Program

Youth ages 9 to 13 years of age are invited to participate in the Pre-Teen Recreational After School Program let by Better Beginnings Better Futures. Children can participate in a variety of structured activities, get homework support, engage with other youths, gain leadership skills, and receive mentorship.  The program provides a safe space while diverting youth off the streets.

Individuals and families affected by food insecurities in the Municipality of French River can access support through the French River Food Bank.

Children and youth can access safe spaces and support through the Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands after school program.

mindSPACE offers free and confidential mental health services without an appointment for children and youth under 18.

Matching immigrants with local connectors to help build networks and create opportunities. The Connector Program is a simple yet highly effective networking program that puts immigrants directly in touch with local business people, civil servants and community leaders – people who are in the habit of making introductions and connecting others to opportunities.


The Junior Summit Respite Day program provides children with a developmental and/or physical disability the opportunity to participate in activities and engage with others.  Children are paired with one of Access Better Living’s trained support staff, allowing them to participate in a variety of social and physical activities in a safe and encouraging environment.

Access to nutritious food is key to healthy communities. The Community Gardens program established by the Timmins Anti-Hunger Coalition provides residents in Timmins and South Porcupine with tools and plots to grow fresh food.  The program also provides emergency food and shelter services with fresh produce as it is available. 

Emotional and practical assistance is available through Timmins and District Victim Services for people who have experienced a crime, tragic life event or community disaster including, domestic violence, intimate partner violence, sexual violence and human trafficking.

Mental health services and supports are available to low-income individuals, youth and families in need of counselling through the Timmins Family Counselling Centre.  Services are available in both French and English.

The Homework Club provides one-to-one tutoring to students struggling with reading, writing and math.  Sessions are provided through the Timmins Learning Centre in both French & English, and are tailored to the individual needs of the student to help increase their academic performance, while increasing their confidence.

Volunteers are integral for a community’s health. The Timmins Volunteer and Resource Centre provides a centralized system to help connect individuals to community organizations that relay on volunteers to deliver their services.  Volunteers are matched with meaningful volunteer opportunities such as delivering meals, tutoring students, serving meals, helping at events, and more.

Providing access to wheelchair accessible bus to the elderly, to people with disabilities, mobility impaired & low income families in Iroquois Falls.


Providing food hampers to families in need through the Children's Aid Society of Nipissing and Parry Sound.

Having the right tools to start off the school year can help create a positive experience.  The Backpac Smiles program supports low-income families struggling to provide necessities for the start of the school year so that children can get off on the right foot.

The number of individuals and families affected by food insecurity continues to grow.  The Gathering Place helps meet basic needs in the community by providing a hot, healthy meal and a warm environment to anyone struggling financially.

The PADDLE Program supports the needs of people with complex developmental and/or physical disabilities by offering learning and recreational opportunities. Through community-based programming, low-income individuals are able to enhance life skills, improve their health and make long-lasting connections.

Supporting access to community gardens through the Georgian Bay Mnidoo Gamii Biosphere to improve food security in the community.

Individuals and families can access grief and bereavement services through the Nipissing Regional Community Residential Hospice.