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In late April 2019, the spring thaw and record-setting rains caused massive flooding in communities across Eastern Ontario.

Hundreds of families were displaced, homes were damaged — some may be completely destroyed. Our most vulnerable were isolated, and the mental strain is taking its toll.

The Response

Crisis is not unfamiliar to our communities. We’ve seen floods, ice storms – even tornadoes.  But when we join together, we show our resilience.  

When we stand up for one another, we can make a difference.

When the media reported imminent flooding, communities from Prescott-Russell, Ottawa, Lanark and Renfrew counties and more rallied. Everyone from frontline and emergency service workers, to residents, volunteers, city officials, non-profit groups, and members of our Canadian Armed Forces worked together.

Now, leading organizations are forming vital working groups that will work together to plan for recovery. Their mission is to share data and expertise, identify greatest needs, and collaborate to invest and deploy resources where they are needed most and will have the greatest impact.

Together, we are working with front-line agencies, local municipalities and partners to help those most in need, such as vulnerable seniors, those without insurance, and those living in low-income situations.

The Road to Recovery

At United Way, we know from experience that recovery from natural disasters continues long after the immediate needs are met. Invisible struggles linger. New, often unexpected challenges emerge.

We are committed to standing with those most affected—today, next month, and next year.


When you give to United Way, you provide:

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Mental Health Support – so that those struggling have access to counselling and crisis supports.

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Systems Navigation – help with navigating vital supports, such as social services, disaster relief assistance, and other government services.

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Connection – so that our communities’ most vulnerable are safe and supported.


Across Eastern Ontario, our communities are truly generous – filled with people who give their time, talents, and dollars to help those in crisis. At United Way we also believe that it is our responsibility to care for those most affected by the spring floods.

Please join us. Donate now.



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