Many of us are only one pay cheque away from poverty. What happens then?


The rising cost of living is affecting many of our friends and neighbours and pushing many of us to the brink of crisis. Those already living in precarious situations are being pushed even further down into poverty.

Ultimately, this means more people will have to turn to shelters for a place to lay their head and food banks to put food on the table.

This holiday season, we can help support individuals living in poverty and ensure programs and services are available when they are needed most.

Poverty can affect EVERYONE!

Any one of us can fall into poverty. Whether it is due to illness, a loss of employment, trauma, or the rising cost of living. At United Way, we are working to empower a network of programs across North East Ontario to ensure individuals and families have access to support when they need it most.

• Nearly 21,000 people (1 in 5 children) in Greater Sudbury live in poverty

• 13.5 of Cochrane residents are food insecure

• 1 in 7 households in the Nipissing and Parry Sound districts are food insecure

The Challenge

People who lack necessities like access to food and shelter can’t get ahead in life. Those who struggle to find work or manage their finances aren’t able to reach their full potential.  When our community pulls together, we can help individuals like Chad and Michele who found United Way funded programs to help turn their lives around.

What will my donation do?


Your donation will support United Way’s Poverty to Possibility Fund and help services in North East Ontario like:

  • Food assistance programs – hot meals, food baskets, grocery cards etc..
  • Outreach services
  • Crisis support
  • Emergency sheltering
  • Access to basic needs
  • Literacy programs
  • …and more