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Whether you’re a participant or a volunteer, our signature events are a fun way to support our work in the city.

Fun ways to build a better community

Our annual events are a great way to come together with, and for, community. Your participation powers our network of community agencies, ensuring people across the GTA can get much-needed support, close to home. Invite friends, co-workers and neighbours to join you and help us strengthen the places where we live, work and raise our families.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Community health and well-being remain our top priorities during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are working on adapting our annual events to ensure you can participate while staying safe. Please keep an eye on this space for further updates.

Young people play foozeball in support of 

United Way

Host your own event
Virtually, at your workplace, in the community or at home - Any time!
Hosting your own fundraising event is a great way to give back—on your own time and in your own unique way.  Share your event idea and download United Way’s event fundraising toolkit to get started.

GetUP for Community logo

GetUP for Community
November 9 to November 22
Our first entirely virtual event took place between November 9 – 22, 2020, with over 3,000 participants completing 280 minutes or more of physical activity over the two-week period. That’s one minute for each of the 280 community agencies funded by United Way. 

Let’s talk about anti-Black racism

Let’s talk about anti-Black racism
November 20 
We hosted a virtual discussion on Nov. 20, 2020, featuring a panel of corporate and community leaders from the GTA’s Black community to talk about some of important work underway on our path towards ending systemic racism. Watch here. 

Volunteers wave soundmakers in front of the CN Tower

UP – CN Tower Climb for United Way
Cancelled due to COVID-19
Thanks to everyone who has climbed #UP4Community for more than 40 years! We hope to see you again in 2021 for a chance to conquer the 1,776 steps of the CN Tower and help make local poverty #UNIGNORABLE.

Woman running outside in front of railing with distant buildings

Charity Challenge at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon
October 1st to October 31st.
Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s virtual marathon helping to raise money for United Way.