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What does sipping a cup of tea have to do with manufacturing a car? In Simcoe Muskoka last year, they were both community-building activities. Blue Mountain Tea Company opened in Collingwood’s historic downtown two years ago with a pledge to earmark 1% of its profits to...

How much can the world change in 100 days? How many local lives can be changed or even saved in that time? At United Way Simcoe Muskoka, we’re up to the challenge of finding out. Are you? From February 1 to May 11, individuals and businesses are...

As we prepare to celebrate Family Day on February 19th, be sure to plan a meal with family, friends, or perhaps someone who doesn’t have anyone to eat with. As you will read below there are many benefits of eating together. This blog comes to...

Maybe you’ve always felt the burning desire to help people. You’ve always wanted to do more, but you’ve never been quite sure about what you can do. That’s why we’re here. United Way Simcoe Muskoka’s mission is to build stronger communities. And to do so, we rely...

If you asked us exactly what we do, it can be hard to pin down in a few sentences, because we do a lot! We help a lot of people. Our mission is to bring people and resources together to build strong, healthy, and safe communities...

OPP Commissioner Vince Hawkes (shown flanking the sign banner with UWSM CEO Dale Biddell) officially launched the annual OPP-United Way campaign on October 13, 2017, in The Steakout Cafeteria of General Headquarters in Orillia. Shown in the photo are custom-crafted picture frames and coin-drop donation...

United Way Simcoe Muskoka (UWSM) held its third annual Women in Leadership Luncheon May 3rd at Lion’s Gate Banquet Hall. Guests heard Voices from the Street speakers Dawnmarie Harriott and Amy Dulmage (pictured here l-r) share their personal struggles through mental illness, abuse and poverty,...

It was great to celebrate the launch of our region's first United Way workplace fundraising campaign at a law firm on November 6, 2017. Congratulations and many thanks to HGR Graham Partners for its community leadership! Launch events were held at law offices in Orillia,...

Members of the labour movement across the region attended United Way Simcoe Muskoka’s 3rd annual Labour Breakfast on October 26, held at the Simcoe County Elementary Teachers’ Federation (SCETF) in Barrie’s south end. “We owe it to our young people to give them a better...

Collaboration across sectors builds stronger communities, which is why United Way Simcoe Muskoka was co-hosting the Business After 5 networking event on October 18, 2017 alongside co-host Agilec (which also provided the venue) and other members of the Orillia District Chamber of Commerce. Pictured here...