One of the strengths of donating your money through the United Way of Elgin St. Thomas is the guarantee that money is used directly in the support of community programs at our funded agencies.
The United Way does not provide capital funding (cars,trucks, buildings, etc). We only fund programs, which means while you can donate directly to an agency where the money can be allocated anywhere, but it does not give you the securtity of knowing the money goes directly to those that need.
If you are strongly in support of any one or multiple programs, your donation can be allocated to the program you desire with us.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Elgin-St. Thomas Program: Community Based Mentoring Program

This program offers quality mentoring services to male and female children/youth aged 6 to 16 years, mostly from single parent families who reside throughout Elgin County.
Canadian Mental Health Association Program: Inn Out of the Cold

Eradicates homelessness across the county by taking referrals from individuals, agencies, police, etc.

Canadian National Institute for the Blind Program: Vision Rehabilitation Services/Independent Living Skills

A personal rehabilitation plan is created wherein clients choose the goals that are most important to them and rehabilitation specialists design services or lessons according to these goals.
Eat 2 Learn (Formerly Elgin Community Nutrition Partnership) Program: School Nutrition Program

Ongoing support, funding and resources to schools and school staff to establish sustainable nutrition programs ensuring children have the nourishment they need to perform to the best of their ability each and every school day.

Elgin-St. Thomas Youth Employment Counselling Centre Program: Talbot Teen Centre

Through this centre they run the following programs: Youth At Risk, Mentoring program, Counselling and Homework Club.

Youth At Risk

To provide support for youth and adults as they explore employment, education, training and career interests and options.

Mentoring Program

Areas of focus include leadership development, social and life skills, recreational activities, academic support, music and art programs, and mental health awareness. All programs work towards maintaining physical, emotional and psychological health.


Services include confidential counselling, outreach and advocacy as well as referrals and connections to community resources.

Homework Club

Provides school supplies and project materials, computer and printer access, help with homework and test preparation and on-site tutoring to youth who are faced with challenges at school.
Epilepsy Support Centre Program: Support services, school-based education and Education Outreach

Support Services

We empower families who are diagnosed with epilepsy or seizure disorders to access social and health related support services and to play an active role in the management of their care.

School-based Education

Our school education programs help students with epilepsy stay in class, do well in school and complete high school.

Education Outreach

The Centre helps youth and adults to understand their own medical condition which is critical to maintaining relationships and for getting and keeping a job.

Pearce Williams Christian Centre Program: Summer Camp Programs

The summer camp experience allows the campers to gain independence away from family; challenges the campers to try new things and take safe risks; creates an environment in which the connectedness and community teach valuable life skills; and cares for their emotional and physical well-being through innovative choice based programming.
Family YMCA of St. Thomas-Elgin Program

Strong Kids Program

YMCA Strong Kids provides access for those unable to afford recreational activities, including access to health, fitness and recreation programs and services and day camp programs.

Community School Programs

Provides students with opportunities to foster positive life skills such as physical activity, healthy lifestyles, and self-esteem.

Jabez Therapy Ranch Program: Therapeutic Riding program; Equine Assisted Psychotherapy; Equine Assisted Learning

Much needed equine therapy for youth and adults who suffer from anything from OCD to anxiety issues to Post Traumatic Stress disorder.
Mennonite Community Services Program: Family Education and Support Program of Aylmer (FESPA) and Volunteer Driver Program

FESPA consists of three programs: FESPA school, Mam and Bebi program and Family Support Program. Volunteer Driver Program assists those who dont have access to a vehicle and/or dont have family to drive them. Users of the program are usually driven to medical appointments such as dialysis.

Second Stage Housing Program: Childrens Program

Children learn about healthy relationships, how to recognize and deal with feelings and how to live without violence.
St. Thomas Elgin Unemployment Help Centre Program: The Advocacy Centre

Legal representation for those who have been denied disability benefits, Ontario Works benefits, have Landlord/Tenant issues, Employment Insurance issues, Human Rights issues and applying for a record suspension.

YWCA St. Thomas Elgin Program: Youth Recreation and Leadership; Housing

Youth recreation and leadership

These are provided by the YWCA across Elgin County, specifically reaching out to smaller communities where access to positive recreation, physical activity and leadership opportunities are limited.


Transitional housing supports are provided to women and young women.
Corrections Program: Community Alternatives for Youth

Assisting youth with housing, schooling, employment and advocacy.

West Elgin Community Health Centre Program: Gift a ride program

This program will be available to individuals requiring transportation to essential appointments who have insufficient funds.