Community Investments

United Way Elgin Middlesex invests our available resources in smart, strategic ways to move the needle for the most vulnerable people in our communities. Our expert volunteers evaluate and make recommendations to fund programs, collaborations and initiatives that create measurable, lasting change.

Program stream 2022-2024

Agency

Program

Description

Investment

Communities served

Across Languages

Community interpreter access program

Interpretation services for people with little or no English language skills.

$40,000

Middlesex & London

Anova

Sexual assault counselling

Counselling for women who have experienced sexual violence.

$30,000

Middlesex & London

ATN Access for Persons with Disabilities

Be Well

Community-based support for individuals with disabilities to build communication skills, develop positive relationships, and enhance social skills.

$98,058

London

Big Brothers Big Sisters of London and Area

One Big, One Little: A mentoring program

One on one mentoring with a screened, trained adult volunteer for children and youth identified as at-risk.

$200,000

Middlesex & London

Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Thomas-Elgin

Community-based mentoring program

One on one mentoring with a screened, trained adult volunteer for children and youth identified as at-risk.

$20,000

Elgin

BGC London

Children & youth – education & leadership

Academic and financial support for children and youth to ensure success in education.

$150,000

London

Children & youth – recreation, social skills & nutrition

Fee assistance for low income families to provide BGC membership for camps and after-school programming.

$75,000

London

Changing Ways

Caring Dads

Group counselling for men who have abused, neglected, or exposed their children to intimate partner violence.

$100,000

Elgin, Middlesex & London

Being the Change

Counselling services for men who wish to address intimate partner violence and learn non-abusive ways of resolving conflict.

$90,000

Elgin, Middlesex & London

CMHA Thames Valley Addiction and Mental Health Services

Outreach programs

Social and recreation programs and basic needs provided at London Coffee House and My Sister’s Place.

$200,000

London

Supportive response

Confidential telephone support provided 24/7 for people feeling anxious, isolated, lonely, sad, stressed, or who need someone to talk to.

$140,000

Middlesex & London

Community Living London

Volunteer services

Volunteer opportunities for people with disabilities to expand their social network and connect to their community.

$65,000

London

Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre

Neighbourhood support services

Emergency food and basic needs support for individuals in the Hamilton Road area.

$55,000

London

Neighbourhood child, youth & family services

Social and recreation programs for children, youth and families in the Hamilton Road area.

$55,000

London

Neighbourhood community development

Advocacy, systems navigation, and other supports for individuals in the Hamilton Road area.

$45,000

London

Daya Counselling Centre

Counselling services

Subsidized counselling for individuals, couples and families.

$200,000

Elgin, Middlesex & London

Elgin-St. Thomas Youth Employment Counselling Centre

Ignite Youth Centre

Social, education and employment support programs for youth aged 12-19.

$22,000

Elgin

Family Service Thames Valley

Counselling services

Subsidized counselling for individuals, couples and families.

$250,000

Middlesex & London

Glen Cairn Community Resource Centre

Support services

Emergency food and basic needs support for individuals in the Glen Cairn and Pond Mills area.

$60,000

London

Child & youth programs

Social and recreation programs for children and youth in the Glen Cairn and Pond Mills area.

$25,000

London

John Howard Society of London and District

Counselling services

Counselling for individuals, couples and families involved in the criminal justice system.

$200,000

Elgin, Middlesex & London

Learning Disabilities Association of London Region

Services for children, youth and families

Academic and social programs for children and youth with learning disabilities and their families.

$120,000

Elgin, Middlesex & London

London Abused Women’s Centre

Survivors to Thrivers

Support for survivors of violence against women and human trafficking.

$90,000

Middlesex & London

London Cares Homeless Response Services

Housing stability program

Housing First program serving people experiencing chronic and persistent homelessness.

$125,000

London

London InterCommunity Health Centre

Women of the World

Peer support for immigrant women experiencing barriers to integrating into life in Canada.

$50,000

London

LUSO Community Services

Neighbourhood basic needs & community support

Emergency food and basic needs support for individuals in Northeast London.

$60,000

London

Neighbourhood child & youth services

Social and recreation programs for children and youth in Northeast London.

$56,838

London

Neighbourhood community development & engagement

Advocacy, systems navigation and other supports for individuals in Northeast London.

$21,427

London

March of Dimes Canada

Assistive devices program

Assistance to purchase, repair, and maintain a wide variety of mobility or assistive equipment for seniors and adults with disabilities.

$80,000

Elgin, Middlesex & London

Meals on Wheels London

Meal subsidy program

Meal delivery service for seniors aged 55+ and adults with disabilities.

$40,000

London

Mennonite Community Services of Southern Ontario

Family education & support program

Health, life skills, and English language classes for newcomer women, and pre-school readiness for children.

$10,000

Elgin

Volunteer driver program

No-cost rides to essential medical and other appointments for rural residents with low income and/or no access to transportation.

$13,000

Elgin

Merrymount Children’s Centre

Mutual Aid Parenting

Peer support program for parents of young children.

$100,000

Middlesex & London

Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration

Community Resilience Supports

Inter-cultural family violence prevention and social support services for Arab-speaking and Muslim families.

$60,165

Elgin, Middlesex & London

N’Amerind (London) Friendship Centre

Indigenous Families First

Advocacy and wrap-around supports for urban Indigenous families involved in the child welfare system.

$183,562

Elgin, Middlesex & London

Northwest London Resource Centre

Support services

Emergency food and basic needs support for individuals in Northwest London.

$55,000

London

Youth services

Social and recreation programs for children and youth in Northwest London.

$55,000

London

Pathways Employment Help Centre

Advocacy services

Paralegal support for individuals seeking and/or who have been denied social assistance benefits.

$180,000

Elgin, Middlesex & London

South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre

Support services

Emergency food and basic needs support for individuals in Southwest London.

$75,000

London

Youth services

Social and recreation programs for children and youth in Southwest London.

$75,000

London

Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre

Ashamaawaso food security (she/he feeds a child)

Food-based programs for Indigenous families.

$146,640

London

Minomode-zewin nunge-gehwin (healthy ways of eating)

Emergency food and other basic needs as well as food programs for Indigenous individuals and families.

$96,400

London

St. Thomas-Elgin Second Stage Housing

Child & family support program

Counselling for children residing at St. Thomas-Elgin Second Stage Housing.

$55,000

Elgin

Stevenson Children’s Camp

Residential summer camp

Residential summer camp for children and youth living in poverty.

$80,000

Elgin, Middlesex & London

The INN

Support services

Basic needs, advocacy & other supports for individuals experiencing homelessness.

$75,000

Elgin

Unity Project for Relief of Homelessness in London

Housing stability program

In-home and in-community support to individuals experiencing chronic homelessness.

$125,000

London

Vanier Children’s Services

Focused Family Therapy

Counselling services for children and families.

$67,500

Middlesex & London

West Elgin Community Health Centre

Gift a Ride

No-cost rides to essential medical and other appointments for rural residents with low income and/or no access to transportation.

$9,000

Elgin

WILL Employment Solutions

Immploy Mentorship Program

One on one support for immigrant job seekers to connect to their field of work in Canada.

$50,000

Elgin, Middlesex & London

Women’s Rural Resource Centre of Strathroy and Area

Children’s program

Counselling support for children who have experienced and/or witnessed intimate partner violence.

$90,000

Middlesex

Youth Opportunities Unlimited

Housing services

Support for diversion, community integration and basic needs for youth at the Youth Action Centre and Next Wave Youth Centre.

$225,000

Middlesex & London

YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin

Housing stability & homelessness prevention

Housing stability and homelessness prevention supports and services for youth and adults.

$66,410

Elgin

Project stream 2022-2023

Agency

Program

Description

Investment

Communities served

Autism Ontario – West Region

STARS – Social Training & Recreation Skills

Pilot project to test implementation of a weekly social and recreation program for youth and their caregivers.

$11,776

Elgin, Middlesex & London

Big Brothers Big Sisters of London and Area

Youth-Initiated Mentoring

Evaluation and research study of a new approach to recruiting volunteer mentors that involves youth recruiting their own mentors from their personal network.

$7,100

Middlesex & London

Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre

Pop-up Produce Market

Program start-up costs for two new weekly pop-up markets which will provide access to fruits and vegetables to families in low-income neighbourhoods.

$15,000

London

LUSO Community Services

Pop-up Market

Pilot project to test implementation of pop-up markets which will provide access to fruits and vegetables to families in low-income neighbourhoods in Northeast London and Argyle.

$15,000

London

South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre

Food Security in Southcrest

Testing implementation of a community pop-up service location in the Southcrest neighbourhood including access to the London Food Bank mobile food distribution service.

$15,000

London

West Elgin Community Health Centre

Rural-focused Homelessness Flex Fund

Pilot project to test implementation of a fund to provide one-time financial assistance to individuals or families at risk of homelessness for the purpose of staying housed.

$15,000

Elgin

YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin

Women’s Group

Pilot project to establish a peer support group for women to improve social connections and improve their health and wellbeing.

$15,000

St. Thomas & Elgin

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