Welcome to United Way Cape Breton

Join us for a Big Splash Kick-off 3 Harbour Swim

September 8, 2016 (rain date Sept.9/16)

Harbour Swim  Join us for a Big Splash Kick-off Three Harbour SwimSupport our brave team of public servant swimmers as they dive into the challenge of completing not one, not two, but THREE harbour swims in one day!

Join us at each Harbour location to cheer on the team and for $5 enjoy a pancake breakfast in Yarmouth or BBQ in Halifax and Sydney.  RSVP to hmaguire@unitedwayhalifax.ca and include Yarmouth, Halifax or Sydney in the subject line so we can guage numbers for attendants. 

7:30am Yarmouth   -   12:00pm Halifax   -   6:00pm The Big Fiddle in Sydney.

DONATE NOW  to support this special event.

United Way Cape Breton Community Investment Fund funding has been distributed to local funded programs for the 2016/17 cycle.

The new funding application will be available the end of January 2017. A link will be included on this site. Thanks so much! 

A huge thank you to The Bells of Baddeck production. Proceeds from the July 8th show were donated to United Way Cape Breton!


Lynne McCarron, executive director, United Way Cape Breton accepts a  donation of $5,761.18 from Lorna MacDonald, creator and producer of the show (both in centre of picture).

Pictured left to right are: Steve and Katherine van Nostrand, United Way Cape Breton campaign co-chairs, Lynne McCarron, executive director, United Way Cape Breton, Lorna MacDonald, Bells of Baddeck creator, Madeline Harvey, Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site and visitor experience manager, Parks Canada. Pictured in back are cast members of The Bells of Baddeck.

Also, a huge thank you to the co-sponsors of the event, which included the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, Belmac Supply Ltd., Big Spruce Brewing, Bell Buoy Restaurant and the Cape Breton Post!


Can you make the month?

Make the Month is the first digital poverty simulation tool in Canada. It provides an online experience and understanding of what it’s like to live in poverty in your community.



** Please note only certain Canadian cities are available to select in the drop down. When you go through the simulation, every four or five pages you will see a page that offers a link to donate to the particular United Way in the city you chose. At this time, Cape Breton is not an option. However, the tool is still very impactful and will hopefully make you think differently about your follow community members living paycheque to paycheque. If you would like to donate to United Way Cape Breton, please click here:  https://donate.unitedway.ca/index.php?WID=WCAPEB


TO VIEW OUR COMMUNITY IMPACT VIDEOS, please click here:  http://unitedwaycapebreton.com/photos



United Way Cape Breton has been in operation since 1959.

United Way Cape Breton helps more than 30,000 people in Cape Breton. 

United Way Cape Breton gives to 387 Charities. 

United Way Cape Breton inspires people to come together to make a lasting difference in our communities.

Why Give to United Way Cape Breton?

United Way Cape Breton brings communities together – business, labour, governments, voluntary sector organizations and residents – to improve individual lives and our collective living conditions. No other organization supports such a broad range of programs and services. 

By giving to United Way Cape Breton, you choose to pool your contribution with thousands of others so that United Way Cape Breton can make significant financial investments in solutions that get results. Some of the benefits of donating to United Way Cape Breton include:

  • The ability to contribute to a “whole of community” approach to tackling complex social issues. 
  • The ability to save organizations the cost of fundraising and receipting, allowing them to focus more of their resources where they are needed most. 
  • The convenience of making one charitable contribution to help many in need and receiving one tax receipt. 
  • The convenience of using payroll deduction to manage all of your charitable giving.