What We Do
Create opportunities for a better life for everyone in our community.
United Way KW inspires people to come together to make a lasting difference in our community. Today’s United Way KW is a catalyst for local social change, not merely a source for its funding. Beyond monetary investment, we also mobilize staff, volunteers and other resources to achieve community impact and change community conditions for the better.
In order to improve lives and build community, we employ 4 key strategies:
- Engage and mobilize community (dollars, influence, time, knowledge, action)
- Address underlying causes
- Strengthen the network of services and capacity of non-profits and community
- Influence public attitudes, systems and policy
Who benefits from United Way KW?
We all do.
As our area experiences the changes that come with increased numbers of newcomers, an aging population, economic ups and downs, changing social circumstances and other unexpected life turns, there is peace of mind in knowing our community can—and will—take care of its own.
It’s about changing community conditions for the better.
At United Way KW, we’re working to achieve community impact by identifying the root causes of key local issues, developing strategies to address them, bringing together the funding and resources needed to get the job done, and then measuring the results.
Measuring our Impact
Through various models of evaluation and the reporting of outcomes by supported programs and initiatives, United Way KW is monitoring changes in community conditions. Our investments are strongly aligned with community priorities and desired outcomes, and over the next few years we will work to identify indicators to help us gauge change in these areas.
We can’t do it alone.
It takes the commitment of people and organizations to work together to make lasting change. The following organizations have been instrumental in helping us change this community for the better through their work with the Waterloo Region Resiliency Initiative or other community partnerships.