Community 50/50 Draw

by Nicole Mulenga-Woo on October 29, 2020 Comments Off on Community 50/50 Draw

Purchase your online 50/50 raffle ticket in support of United Way of Saskatoon’s annual campaign! 50% of sales will go to one lucky winner with a maximum prize of $50,000.  Only 36,500 tickets will be sold!

Ticket sales run until December 21st, 2020.

Prize: 50% of sales to a maximum prize of $50,000!

Ticket Prices: 1 for $10 / 5 for $20 / 25 for $50

Draw time: 10:00 am Draw Date: December 21, 2020

Draw Location: 100-506 25th Street East, Saskatoon, SK S7K 4A7


Rules and Regulations:

Only People in Saskatoon & Area at the time of purchase may participate in the raffle. People involved in the conduct and management of the raffle are not permitted to purchase tickets.

Draw will be made by Random Number Generator.

The winner will be notified by email or phone with instructions on claiming the prize. Eligible participants can buy tickets over the phone by calling 1-306-975-7700.

Lottery License: RR20-0175

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Emergency Community Support Fund

by Nicole Mulenga-Woo on October 4, 2020 Comments Off on Emergency Community Support Fund

Joint statement – United Way Centraide Canada, Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada,
Updated: October 2, 2020

Government of Canada Releases Round 2 of the Emergency Community Support Fund

Our experience over the last six months has shown us that COVID-19 does not impact all Canadians equally. Rather, it is those already struggling or on the margins who are bearing the brunt of this health crisis most profoundly. Through the Government of Canada’s $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund, first launched last May, the Canadian Red CrossCommunity Foundations of Canada and United Way Centraide Canada have been proud to play a role in supporting more than 7000 community projects helping those who need it most. Now, as Canadians prepare for a second wave, we are renewing our efforts.

Starting October 5th, the final installment of the $350 million fund will be released by the federal government so that we can continue to flow support to charities and non-profit organizations serving our most vulnerable. We commend the Government of Canada’s continued support to community organizations and look forward to extending our work from Round 1 to further assist organizations on the front lines in their missions. Alongside public health workers, charities and non-profit organizations have been providing essential services since the pandemic was first declared. This emergency support for their work is vital, as is longer-term support so they can be around to help see our communities through the recovery from COVID-19.

“Charities and non-profit organizations are at the heart of our communities, helping the most vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 crisis. The Government of Canada is pleased to support these organizations through the Emergency Community Support Fund so that they can continue their invaluable work.”

-The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

Call for Applications

United Way of Saskatoon and Area will be accepting applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) to help charities and non-profit organizations serve and support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic starting October 5th, 2020.

This funding has been made available by the Government of Canada and funding streams are being administered by United Way Canada, Community Foundations of Canada, and the Canadian Red Cross in communities from coast to coast to coast.

United Way of Saskatoon and Area is proud to support this important investment by the Federal Government.

Who Can Apply?

United Way of Saskatoon and Area will fund organizations that provide direct services to vulnerable populations who are impacted by COVID-19. Your organization is eligible to receive funding if your organization has a charitable number, or are a Qualified Donee, and is providing supports and services to meet immediate community needs related to COVID-19.

This funding is intended to support frontline community service organizations providing services to support vulnerable Canadians, including low-income seniors, women, children and youth, persons with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ2S+ community, refugees, Indigenous peoples, members of racialized communities, and more.

Funds may be used for immediate needs and priorities related to the impact of COVID-19.

This includes, but is not limited to, services such as:

  • Preparing and delivering meals and/or food hampers
  • Supporting individuals in accessing income supports and financial coaching
  • Providing home care or personal support for seniors, elders, and persons with disabilities
  • Mental health & wellness supports, including crisis counselling, and peer support
  • Personal safety supports, including for those living in or escaping situations of violence
  • Access to safe transport for essential appointment and errands, and others

What types of activities could be funded?

  • Community outreach and engagement
  • Developing and/or delivering new programs, services or delivery models as a result of COVID-19
  • Sharing information and knowledge
  • Engaging and recruiting volunteers


Who should I apply to?

United Way Centraide Canada, through its local United Way Centraide members, will support:

  • Granting programs for registered charities and qualified donees. Some local United Way Centraides may work with non-profit organizations to deliver local services.

The Canadian Red Cross Emergency Support for Community Organizations will be delivered through two main programs:

  • Granting program for non-profits as well as a Preventing Disease Transmission Training and Equipment Program for non-profits, registered charities, and qualified donees. More information on the programs is available through the Canadian Red Cross website.

Community Foundations of Canada, and community foundations across Canada, will support :

  • Granting programs for registered charities and qualified donees. More information on how to apply is available on the Community Foundations of Canada website.

See this infographic for more information.

Applications will be accepted until October 30th, 2020 at 4:00pm.

How to Apply?

The final round of applications will be opening on October 5th.  

Si vous avez des questions ou souhaitez présenter une demande de financement au Fonds d’urgence pour l’appui communautaire en français, veuillez communiquer avec nous à

United Way of Saskatoon and Area will be distributing ECSF funds to eligible agencies and organizations across the province with the following parameters:

  • Those in the City of Saskatoon.
  • Those in communities located in central and northern Saskatchewan not served by another United Way (north of Highway 15 – Kenaston).
  • United Way of Regina will be accepting applications for those eligible agencies and organizations located south of Highway 15.
  • If an application is inadvertently submitted to the incorrect link, we will ensure the application is forwarded to the correct funder.
Application Guide Application Form

Frequently Asked Questions

The Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada and United Way Centraide Canada funded more than 7,000 projects over about three months during the Fund’s first round. Those projects spanned the country and met the needs of many different communities, including Black, Indigenous, and LGBTQ2 communities. 

The Government of Canada kept back a portion of the Emergency Community Support Fund to give it the flexibility to adjust to evolving needs and cover any gaps from the first round. 

In the first round of grant funding, the three intermediaries were able to reach all vulnerable groups through funding distributed to all provinces and territories. Building on the success of the first round, the three intermediaries will distribute the remaining funds of $73.9 million through a second round of open and transparent processes, while also using a targeted approach

in their outreach efforts to ensure equitable distribution across vulnerable populations. 

The Emergency Community Support Fund is only providing short term grants to community serving agencies and must be spent by March 31, 2020. The funds raised by United Way of Saskatoon and Area are intended to provide longer term sustainable funding to our network of community agencies. 

United Way of Saskatoon and Area will be issuing grants to a maximum of $25,000.

The ECSF is a $350 million investment made by the Government of Canada, and a significant portion is being delivered through United Ways Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and Canadian Red Cross across the country.

The ECSF is a $350 million investment made by the Government of Canada, and a significant portion is being delivered through United Ways Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and Canadian Red Cross across the country.

United Way of Saskatoon and Area will be allocating over $500,000. 

The ECSF is a $350 million investment made by the Government of Canada, and a significant portion is being delivered through United Ways Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and Canadian Red Cross across the country.

United Way of Saskatoon and Area will be allocating over $500,000. 

Yes, ECSF resources can enhance and expand your current COVID-19 funded community service so long as expenses are not counted twice.

We are committed to ensuring that funds are broadly available to community service organizations and agencies working to provide services and support vulnerable populations impacted by COVID-19. You do not need to be a current funded agency to apply.

Organizations providing front-line services to vulnerable population’s impact by COVID-19 are eligible to apply, including registered charities, and other qualified donees.

Please check the Canada Revenue Agency list of qualified donees by clicking here.

Non-profits in Canada are playing an important role in helping to respond to local needs. Non-profit community organizations delivering front-line services may be supported through a qualified donee that is acting as a trustee. The Canadian Red Cross has launched a granting program for non-profits. To find out more about their program please visit

If activities or services are underway, you can apply for additional resources to expand and/or extend the delivery of service for a longer time (up to March 31, 2021).

Yes. ECSF funds cannot fund any expenses (including wages) already covered by another source, but can complement existing sources, including the wage subsidy.

Community Services Organizations may apply for more than one service. Please submit separate applications for each proposed service.

Applications will be reviewed between November 2 and November 20, 2020. All funding allocations will be made public on or before November 27, 2020. 

The purpose of the ECSF is to resource front-line services supporting vulnerable populations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible expenses include staffing, equipment, supplies, and related operating costs that allow organizations to provide and deliver services that respond to the current crisis.

Yes. Applicants may not, however, apply to more than one funder for the same program activities and related costs. The three intermediaries will be coordinating locally to ensure that funds are being distributed to have the best possible local reach to serve vulnerable populations.

The reporting requirements for this funding will focus primarily on number of services and clients served, and organizations will be expected to periodically provide updates to these numbers throughout the period of the grant. Additional details will be shared with successful applicants.

United Way of Saskatoon and Area is committed to ensuring an open and fair application and review process. We will be working to promote this funding opportunity throughout our community and to support organizations seeking to apply.

United Way of Saskatoon and Area will be considering several equity dimensions as they make decisions on how these resources will be allocated locally. These can include populations served, geographic balance, rural and remote access, or other systemic challenges.

Resources are being distributed across the country through local offices. Local chapters of national organizations should apply directly to their local United Way.

Yes. For ECSF Round 2, national or provincial charities that deliver services to vulnerable people can apply to Community Foundations of Canada. National or provincial non-profits that deliver services to vulnerable people can apply to the Canadian Red Cross. 


For questions not addressed in these resources, please contact Andrea Howe at for assistance.

The Emergency Community Support Fund is funded by the Government of Canada through Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).

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Day of Caring® 2020

by Nicole Mulenga-Woo on June 9, 2020 Comments Off on Day of Caring® 2020

Day of Caring® is a day focused on strengthening our neighbourhoods and building our community through volunteerism. It offers participants from the business community the opportunity to experience the rewards of volunteerism and demonstrate the difference we can make by working together while building the capacity of community agencies.

This year, Day of Caring® is reminding us how important our connections to each other – and our communities – really are, especially with the added challenge of keeping each other safe through physical distancing. The drive to help and support others within our community still exists and organizations are eager to show love and support for community agencies while we stay #UnitedApart!

“Day of Caring® is all about giving back and making a positive difference in our communities. The commitment to give back and support the communities where we live work and play has been a cornerstone at Saskatchewan Blue Cross for almost 75 years. Our community investment program helps create positive social change by aligning our strengths and core values to improve the neighborhoods we live in. We are neighbors helping neighbors.”

– Shelley Vandenberg, CEO, Saskatchewan Blue Cross

This year’s projects vary from surprising community agency staff with lunches, outdoor area furniture creation, and virtual fundraisers and messages of support. Although each project is different, the purpose of the day remains the same – working together while building relationships and showing support to community agencies and the people they help.

Thank you to all of the Day of Caring® participants and to our presenting sponsor Saskatchewan Blue Cross for their continued support of Day of Caring and for standing #UnitedApart.

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Supporting our Community During COVID-19

by Nicole Mulenga-Woo on March 17, 2020 Comments Off on Supporting our Community During COVID-19

United Way of Saskatoon and Area is monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely as the World Health Organization is now terming it a pandemic.

Now more than ever we need to remember to spread kindness and Local Love to those around us. Please, remember that some will feel the effects of the outbreak and social distancing much more than others. It’s important for us to support our community’s most vulnerable in the coming weeks. 

Here’s how you can support those people in our community:

  • Make donations to your local foodbank. Foodbanks are going to be seeing higher demands and less supplies in the coming weeks. 
  • Online Donations to local charities and not for profits. 

Connecting to others is essential to our mental health and well-being. Here are some ways that you can reach out to others and let them know that you are thinking about them while practicing social distancing:

  • Making time with friends for real time phone conversations
  • If you’re online use Skype, Facetime, or Zoom to check in
  • Send messages of support through social media
  • Check in over text
  • Go to trusted news sources for information

Here are some resources to visit:

  • Saskatchewan Health Authority information and self-assessment tool:
  • 8-1-1 Healthline 
  • 2-1-1 Saskatchewan. Call, text, or go online for resources or help in your community not related to COVID-19.
  • What to do when the paycheque stops? Click here.

*Please note, 2-1-1 will direct you to 8-1-1 at this time for any inquiries related to COVID-19. 

To help limit the spread of COVID-19 and support efforts to promote social distancing, United Way offices will be closed to the public effective March 17th, 2020, until further notice. We recognize our role to ensure that everyone in our community gets the support they need during this critical time. As such, most United Way staff will be working remotely and will continue to be available by email, phone, or virtually.

Our office is actively monitoring the developments as put forth by all levels of government including Health Canada and we’ll continue to provide updates as this situation develops. 

Thank you for your patience and remember to share kindness and Local Love.

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Tampon Tuesday Event and Collection Drive

by Nicole Mulenga-Woo on January 24, 2020 Comments Off on Tampon Tuesday Event and Collection Drive

Many people right here at home are challenged monthly due to lack of access to, or affordability of, feminine hygiene products.

Gather your friends, family and colleagues and start a collection drive for much needed feminine hygiene products for those in our community. These products will later be distributed to people in need at YXE Connects in May 2020 and to other organizations in need.

Tampon Tuesday® is a registered trademark held by Bell Media and proud Labour and United Way Partnerships initiative.

If you would like run your own collection drive, please fill out the following form and submit it to

Donation drop-off locations:

United Way of Saskatoon and Area – 100 506 25th Street East, Saskatoon

Event participation is not required for donation collection.

Event Details:

WHEN: Tuesday, March 10th

TIME: 5:30 -7:30 PM

WHERE: Hudson’s (Backroom)

COST: A package(s) of feminine hygiene product(s) – RECEIVE 1 FREE DRINK TICKET

Snacks and drinks will be served. Everyone welcome!


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Stantec’s 2nd Annual Charity Shootout

by Nicole Mulenga-Woo on December 20, 2019 Comments Off on Stantec’s 2nd Annual Charity Shootout

The Saskatoon Blades and Stantec have partnered up again for the 2nd annual Stantec Charity Shootout. This year PCL is back to defend their title and have chosen United Way of Saskatoon as their charity partner. We’re honoured to once again be chosen as PCL’s charity of choice and we hope you will join us to cheer them and the Blades on from the stands!

The shootouts will take place during the Blades regular season home games. Tickets can be purchased below, using the code: UNITED.

$5 from each ticket will be donated to United Way.

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Call for 2020 Funding Applications

by Nicole Mulenga-Woo on November 15, 2019 Comments Off on Call for 2020 Funding Applications

As part of its new Community Investment Strategy, United Way of Saskatoon and Area is proud to announce a call for applications to the 2020 Community Fund.

United Way helps solve #UNIGNORABLE issues like poverty, social exclusion, mental health, and homelessness in Saskatoon by investing in agencies and initiatives that help kids be all they can be, move people from poverty to possibility, and strengthen our community.

To qualify for funding, organizations must be a Qualified Donee or Registered Charitable Organization and complete the grant application by the deadline. Interested applicants are invited to attend one of two information sessions, but attendance is not a prerequisite.

Details on applicant qualification, information sessions can be found in the application guide below.

Please note, that January 10, 2020 is the deadline for the current open call for applications for our Community Fund.

Our office will be closed over Christmas beginning at noon on December 24, 2019.  The office will re-open at 8:30am on January 2, 2020.

Happy Holidays!

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United Way Month and 60 Years of Local Love

by Nicole Mulenga-Woo on November 1, 2019 Comments Off on United Way Month and 60 Years of Local Love

Starting November 1st we are celebrating United Way month in Saskatoon. As part of this month we are recognizing and celebrating 60 years of local love in our community.

United Way of Saskatoon and Area was founded in 1959 when business, labour and community leaders joined together to create an organization focused on create a better place to live for everyone.That year they raised $313,354

Over the past 60 years United Way of Saskatoon and Area has raised over $119 million dollars for our community’s most vulnerable people supporting agencies and initiatives that focus on kids, community and poverty.

It is because of the dedicated support of volunteers, staff, corporations, board, committees, Loaned Representatives, labour unions, and donors, United Way has been able to change thousands of lives in and around Saskatoon for 60 years.

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2019 Loaned Reps

by Nicole Mulenga-Woo on September 6, 2019 Comments Off on 2019 Loaned Reps

United Way’s Loaned Representative (Loaned Rep) program offers a unique professional, personal and community development experience for an exceptional employee in your workplace. Loaned Reps are sponsored by their employer to work at United Way for a 15-week period. These individuals play an integral role in ensuring United Way workplace fundraising campaigns result in the greatest impact for our community.

United Way’s workplace fundraising campaigns are a major source of revenue and are a critical component in our ability to address the root causes of the complex issues that face our community.

This year three Loaned Reps joined us from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada Revenue Agency, and Correctional Services Canada.

What are you looking forward to the most about working with United Way? 

Acquiring more information about the programs funded by United Way, meeting and working with new individuals and learning of new resources within the Saskatoon area, which may be of assistance to the clients I work with at CSC.

What is one thing you have learned about United Way during your first week, that you didn’t know before? 

They have 3 focus areas:  Building Strong Communities, Helping Kids Be All They Can Be and Moving People From Poverty to Possibility