about us

Our mission

To improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action.


Meet our people


Frances Hallworth - United Way of St. Catharines
Frances Hallworth
Executive Director | x. 2102
Alysha Angrilli - United Way of St. Catharines
Alysha Angrilli
Campaign Associate | x. 2117
Kaylin Bailey - United Way of St. Catharines
Kaylin Bailey
Manager, Major Gifts I x. 2113
Kristen Beekhuis - United Way of St. Catharines
Kristen Beekhuis
Major Gifts Officer | x. 2110
Chuck Burke - United Way of St. Catharines
Chuck Burke
Director of Finance | x. 2106
Mandy Cavasin - United Way of St. Catharines
Mandy Cavasin
Campaign Manager I x. 2107
Graeme Dargavel - United Way of St. Catharines
Graeme Dargavel
Leadership Giving Officer | x. 2116
Ashleigh Doyle - United Way of St. Catharines
Ashleigh Doyle
Manager, Marketing & Communications | x. 2111
Kevin Jong - United Way of St. Catharines
Kevin Jong
Director of Resource Development | x. 2103
Jenna Learn - United Way of St. Catharines
Jenna Learn
Community Impact Associate | x. 2115
Jamie Miller - United Way of St. Catharines
Jamie Miller
Manager, Community Impact | x. 2104
Julia Misek - United Way of St. Catharines
Julia Misek
Campaign Associate | x. 2108
Shoneez Munshi - United Way of St. Catharines
Shoneez Munshi
Campaign Associate | x. 2123

Board of Directors

Peter W. Partridge - United Way of St. Catharines
Peter W. Partridge
Chair | RBC Dominion Securities
Laurie Andrews - United Way of St. Catharines
Laurie Andrews
General Motors St. Catharines, Retiree
Akram Askoul - United Way of St. Catharines
Akram Askoul
Niagara Regional Police Service
Rob DePetris - United Way of St. Catharines
Rob DePetris
Dawn Dobbie - United Way of St. Catharines
Dawn Dobbie
City of Thorold
Dr. Steve Hudson - United Way of St. Catharines
Dr. Steve Hudson
Niagara College
Ed Kidd - United Way of St. Catharines
Ed Kidd
Ridley College
John Kralt - United Way of St. Catharines
John Kralt
Community Volunteer
Pam Lilley - United Way of St. Catharines
Pam Lilley
Maria Lucarelli - United Way of St. Catharines
Maria Lucarelli
Lancaster, Brooks & Welch LLP
Robin Ridesic - United Way of St. Catharines
Robin Ridesic
The Exchange Brewery
Anita Robertson - United Way of St. Catharines
Anita Robertson
Community Volunteer
Dave Sherlock - United Way of St. Catharines
Dave Sherlock
St. Catharines Transit Commission
Lucie Thibault - United Way of St. Catharines
Lucie Thibault
Brock University
Karen Watt - United Way of St. Catharines
Karen Watt
Community Volunteer

Campaign Cabinet

Sean Simpson
Campaign Chair | Simpson’s Pharmasave
Peter W. Partridge
Major Giving Chair | RBC Dominion Securities
Heidi Burgess
Skyway Lawn Equipment Ltd.
Courtney De Caire
gennext Chair | Enterprise Canada Inc.
Patrick Darte
Town of Niagara-On-The-Lake
Nancy Elkin
Major Gifts Cabinet | Physiotherapist
Jessica Kemp
Kemp Financial Group
Pam Lilley
Major Gifts Cabinet | Deliotte
Michael Mann
Major Gifts Cabinet | Lancaster, Brooks & Welch LLP
Kalvin Reid
Enterprise Canada Inc.
Anita Robertson
Major Gifts Cabinet | Community Volunteer
Domenic Trapasso
Leadership Co-Chair | Locomotive Marketing Inc.
Patrizia Trapasso
Leadership Co-Chair | Locomotive Marketing Inc.
Ellen Wodchis
Major Gifts Cabinet | Niagara Region
Donald Ziraldo
Ziraldo Estate Winery
Victoria Ziraldo
Ziraldo Estate Winery


Courtney De Caire
Chair | Enterprise Canada
Stephanie Charlinski
District School Board of Niagara
Justin DeCaire
Tammy DeRocco
Niagara Region
Jessica Fraser
Brent Harasym
Ambassador & Recruitment | MSF Lawyers
Samantha Hoodless
General Motors St. Catharines
Marcie Lewis
Ridley College
Kory Lippert
Ridley College
Jeff McGuffin
Meridian Credit Union
Chris Vermue
Cytec Canada Inc.
Rachel Golob
Community Volunteer

Annual Reports

Annual Report - United Way of St. Catharines
2017 Annual Report
Annual Report - United Way of St. Catharines
2016 Annual Report
Annual Report - United Way of St. Catharines
2015 Annual Report
Annual Report - United Way of St. Catharines
2014 Annual Report
Annual Report - United Way of St. Catharines
2013 Annual Report
Annual Report - United Way of St. Catharines
2012 Annual Report


What does the United Way do?

In today’s complex world, it often takes more than just one person, agency or program to make a big and lasting difference in people’s lives. United Way brings together social service agencies, business, government, labour, schools, institutions and citizens to address the immediate needs of our community and to create long-term change.

How are funds distributed?

United Way has an efficient Community Investment Committee that depends on trained volunteers to allocate funds to programs with proven results and performance. Through the ‘Review Process’, United Way volunteers make funding recommendations based on an evaluation key that looks at factors such as historical performance, board strength, program outcomes and overal agency capacity. The primary task of review volunteers is to ensure that donor dollars are being used effectively and efficiently.

What makes an organization eligible for funding?

In order to be eligible for United Way funding, an organization must be non-profit, charitable and have a clearly stated purpose and function within the social service and community health sector: The organization must:

  • Be incorporated and registered as a charitable organization under the Canada Income Tax Act
  • Have a voluntary Board of Directors
  • Operate programming in the human or social services areas that does not duplicate an existing program.
  • Operate in St.Catharines & District.
  • United Way cannot fund mandated government services; programs in the arts, culture, heritage or the environment; individual, religious or political activities.
  • United Way does not fund capital program costs.

How many agencies does United Way fund?

United Way funds more than 70 programs and special initiatives in St. Catharines & District. They form a network of care for over 80,000 people in our community.

How are agencies assessed to receive funding?

Agencies are evaluated on program and organization standards. The organization needs to demonstrate that the program/activity they are requesting funding for meets a need in the community, that their proposed programs/activities are effective in responding to that need, and whether they are achieving desired outcomes for those being served and the community as a whole. The organization must also demonstrate appropriate practices around organizational capacity, management and financial accountability.

Why should I give to United Way rather than a single agency?

Many people want to help their community, but are not sure where to give their money or what the most pressing needs are. United Way keeps abreast of current needs and invests that support where it is needed most. Also, when you give to United Way, you are achieving greater impact by combining your support with others - your gift supports the combined efforts of a network of programs that provide people comprehensive care where and when it's needed.

What does the United Way logo mean?

The United Way logo is a ‘helping hand’ and it’s used by United Way organizations around the world. The rainbow represents hope for a better future. The centre image is the universal symbol of humankind and shows that the United Way cares about everyone. The hand represents all the services and programs that support our local communities. Help, Service, Hope – this is the United Way.

Does United Way invest in the same programs every year?

Our funding process allows for agencies to receive funding for three years. After that time, they must reapply. This funding process allows agencies to plan ahead and work towards long term goals and initiatives. New programs are eligible for funding provided their program fits the priority for that

Why do some agencies have their own fundraising drives?

No agency receives all of its funding from United Way. Agencies are encouraged to find funding from various sources, including their own fundraising initiatives. When agencies need to undertake a major capital expense they may conduct their own capital fundraising drive. However, we encourage agencies to consult with United Way with regard to timing and fundraising methods used, especially during United Way’s campaign from September to early December.

When was United Way formed?

The first United Way was created in Denver, Colorado in 1887. In St. Catharines & District, the first United Way was founded in 1953.


Labour Partnerships

Unions are an important force for democracy, not just in the workplace, but beyond. Here in Canada, we have a strong social safety net in place to catch us when we need help. That’s due in part to the strength of the Labour movement and unions.

United Way and Labour have been partners for more than 30 years. The partnership developed around a common interest: ensuring that workers and their families have access to social services in their community.

Many of the workplaces than run fundraising campaigns are unionized. But the partnership goes deeper than just financial support.

Labour representatives volunteer with United Way as members of the United Way Board of Directors and participate in the decision-making process around policy and allocation of funds on the Community Investment Panel.

Labour Programs and Services staff are present in over 35 communities across Canada, including St. Catharines. Our mission is to improve lives, build labour and community, and facilitate social change by strengthening work between both community and labour, and labour and the United Way Centraide. We offer various programs and initiatives, including Labour Education to union members.

Labour Community Advocate Training

This three-level training program explores the challenges faced by working families and the ways in which labour and communities can work together. Labour Community Advocates gain a variety of skills than enable them to assist workers to identify the issues impacting them, and the appropriate resources available for them in the community. Labour Community Advocates also support their unions by identifying common issues where the union can play a positive role, through collective bargaining or social action.

When the Paycheque Stops But the Bills Don’t

For working families impacted by lay-offs, strike, lock-out, closures and economic crisis. Losing your paycheque is traumatic, even if it’s temporary or our earnings only make up part of the family income. This training assists workers in taking control of their situation by knowing what to do and where to turn.

Labour organizations working with United Way:

  • Amalgamated Transit Union Local 846
  • Brock University Faculty Association
  • Canadian Union Postal Workers Local 614
  • Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Locals 150, 151, 157, 1019, 1263, 1287, 1295, 1757, 2220, 2276, 2328, 4156, 4207
  • Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario – Niagara TBU & OTBU
  • Labourers’ International Union of North America Local 837
  • Niagara Regional Labour Council
  • Niagara Regional Police Association
  • Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association - Elementary
  • Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association - Secondary
  • Ontario Public Service Employees Union Locals 211, 212, 215, 242, 270, 294
  • Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation District 22 TBU & OTBU, District 35
  • Public Service Alliance of Canada 00016
  • Seafarers’ International Union of Canada
  • Service Employees International Union Local 1. ON
  • International Association of Firefighters Association I.A.F.F Local 485
  • Teamsters Canada Local 879
  • UNIFOR Locals 43, 84, 101, 210, 975, 199, 4212, 4211
  • UNIFOR Regional Office
  • United Steelworkers Local 14241
  • Workers United Local 2347

Workplace Partners

20/20 Insurance Brokers Ltd. , Accenture, AECOM, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Air Canada, Airbus Helicopters Canada Limited , Algoma Central Corporation, Allstate, Andrew Peller Limited, Antipastos di Roma, Apotex, Armernian Community Centre , Autism Society Ontario-Niagara Region Chapter, Aviva Canada Inc., Bank of Montreal Employee Charitable Foundation, Beatties Basics Office Products, Beer Canada, Bell Canada, Bell Media, Bell Technical Solutions, Bethlehem Housing and Support Services, "Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grimsby, Lincoln, West Lincoln", Big Brothers Big Sisters St. Catharines-Thorold & District, Big Marco's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, BMO Financial Group, BMO Nesbitt Burns, BMW Canada, Bowring, Brian Cullen Motors Ltd., Brock Office Automation , Brock University, Brock University Students' Union, Bujold Colburn , Burnstein Bricks , Business Development Bank of Canada, Canada Post Corporation, Canada Revenue Agency, Canadian Marine Pilots Association, Canadian Mental Health Association- Niagara Branch, Canadian Red Cross - Niagara, Canadian Tire, Charlesway Corporation Limited , Chown Cairns LLP, CIBC, City of St. Catharines, City of Thorold, CNIB, Cogeco Business Solutions , Community Care Access Centre Niagara, Community Care of St. Catharines & Thorold, Community Care of West Niagara, "Community Living Grimsby, Lincoln and West Lincoln", Community Living St. Catharines, Cooper Wealth Management, Corporation of Professional Great Lakes Pilots , Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd., Court Holdings Limited, Coventry Transportation , Crawford Smith & Swallow, Credit Bureau Services Canada, Credit Counselling of Regional Niagara, Critelli's Fine Furniture, Crossingham Brady, "CSL Group, Canada Steamship Lines", Dairy Queen Ð Merritt Street, DanNel Transportation , Deloitte, Denis Cahill Photography, Dilts Piston Hydraulics Inc., Distress Centre Niagara, District School Board of Niagara, "Dunn Paper, Inc.", Durward Jones Barkwell & Company LLP, Ed Learn Ford Lincoln, "Elkin Injury Law, Barristers, Professional Corporation", Employment Help Centre, Emterra , Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc., Fairview Animal Clinic, Falls Management Corporation, Family & Children's Services Niagara, Farm Credit Canada, FBT Inc., FirstOntario Credit Union Ltd., FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, FORT (Foundation of Resources for Teens), Form & Affect, Future Shop, Gary Waters, General Motors Canada, General Motors St. Catharines Powertrain, George Darte Funeral Chapel Inc., Georgia-Pacific Canada Inc., Grant Thornton LLP, Grape Growers of Ontario, "Graves, Richard Harris", Great Lakes Pilotage Authority, Great West/London Life Insurance Co., Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce, Greaves Jams & Marmalades Ltd., Gryphon International Engineering Sevices Inc., Hamilton Ti-Cats, Heco Limited, "Heelis, Little & Almas LLP Barristers and Solicitors", Henley Honda, HM Cash Inc. , Holiday Inn & Suites Parkway Conference Centre, Horizon Utilities Corporation, Horton CBI Limited, Hospice Niagara, Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre, HSBC, Hub International Ontario Limited, Huntington Animal Hospital, INCommunities, Jackson Triggs Niagara Estate Winery, John Deere Canada ULC, Johnbear Buick GMC, Johnny Rocco's Italian Grill, KPMG LLP, Kully's Original Sports Bar, "Lancaster, Brooks & Welch LLP", Landon Morgan, Latcham Marine Services / P.M.L. Foods, LCBO, Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara Region, Lower Lakes Towing , Mainstream: An Unsheltered Workshop, Manulife Financial, Maple Manufacturing Inc., McAsphalt Marine Transportation Limited , McMahon Chapman , McNally House Hospice, Mercedes Benz Canada Inc., Meridian Credit Union, Merkel Enterprises, Meyers Fruit Farms Inc., Ministry of Community and Social Services (ODSP Office), Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Government Services, Ministry of Government Services (Land Registry), Ministry of Labour, Ministry of the Attorney General, Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities, Molson Coors, Montebello Property Inc., Moutainview Homes, MS Society of Canada - Niagara Peninsula Chapter of Hope, Music Canada, MusiCounts, National Bank of Canada Ð Milan Plentai, Newman Bros. Limited, Niagara Centre for Independent Living, Niagara College Knights - Ice Hockey , Niagara Global Developments, Niagara Health System-St. Cath, Niagara IceDogs , Niagara Industrial Supplies, Niagara Investment Castings, Niagara Peninsula Children's Centre, Niagara Peninsula Children's Centre School, Niagara Piston Inc., Niagara Region, Niagara Region Sexual Assault Centre (CARSA Inc.), Niagara Regional Learning Centre, Niagara Regional Police Service, Niagara Region, Niagara Resource Service For Youth (The RAFT), Niagara Tents & Events, Niagara Trailers, Nixon Law Professional Corporation, Norgen Biotek Corporation, O'Hara Trucking & Excavating , Ontario Ministry of Transportation, Outlet Collection at Niagara, Parkland Industries Limited (Bluewave Energy), Parmalat Canada - Niagara Division, Partridge Iggulden LLP Chartered Accountants, Partridge Wealth Management , PCL Constructors Canada Inc., PEC Roof Maintenance, PenFinancial Credit Union, Peninsula Lakes Golf Club, Peninsula Press Ltd., Performance Auto Group, Performance Lexus, Pharmasave Leadership Challenge, Pharmasave Simpson's Pharmacy, R.K. Shaver Chartered Accountant, Rachel Delaney State Farm Insurance Ltd., Rankin Construction Inc., RBC, RBC Dominion Securities, Resolute Forest Products Inc., Richard Williamson C.A., Ridley College, Rinaldi Homes , Roberto's Pizza Passion, Rogers Cable Communications, Salit Steel, Sam Adelstein & Co. Limited, Scotiabank, Securitas, Service Canada, Service Employees International Union, Shabri Property Management, Shark Marine Technologies Inc., Shaw Communications Inc., Sheehan & Rosie Ltd., SimErgy Health, Sizzling Solutions Inc., Skyway Lawn Equipment Ltd., Southcott Davoli Professional Corporation, Spectra Audio-Visual, Spirits Canada, St. Catharines Passport Office, St. Catharines Public Library, St. Catharines Standard, St. Catharines Transit Commission, St. Catharines Volkswagen Ltd., Starbucks Coffee , Start Me Up Niagara, State Farm Insurance Companies, Sterling Fuels (Hamilton) Limited , Stonehouse Group Inc., Sullivan Mahoney LLP, Sun Life Financial, Tallman Funeral Homes Ltd., TD Canada Trust, TD Wealth, Telus Communications Corp., The Exchange Brewery, The Garrison House, The Niagara Regional Chair's Charity Golf Tournament , The Polish Legion, The Printing House, The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, The Works , THK Rhythm Automotive Canada, Toromont - Cat, Town Of Lincoln, Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Transport Canada, Transport Canada Marine Security, "TSYS Canada, Inc.", TVCogeco, UNIFOR, UNIFOR Regional Office, United Parcel Service, United Way of St. Catharines & District, Vaxxine Computer Systems Inc., Verge Insurance Group, Victim Services Niagara, Vine and Partners LLP, Vineland Manufacturing Ltd., Vintage Hotels, Walker Industries Holdings Limited, West Niagara Palliative Care Services (Rose Cottage), West Niagara Second Stage Housing & Counselling, Westbrook Floral Ltd., White Oaks Conference Resort & Spa, Workplace Safety & Insurance Board, Wormald Masse Keen Lopinski LLP, YMCA of Niagara, YWCA Niagara Region

Contact Us

United Way is about helping people, linking resources to needs, improving the quality of life, and building stronger communities. Be part of your community, be part of United Way.

United Way of St. Catharines & District 63 Church Street, Suite LC1
St. Catharines, ON L2R 3C4
Telephone: 905.688.5050
Fax: 905.688.2997
Email: office@stcatharines.unitedway.ca
Charitable Registration #: BN13053 2443 RR0001