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United Way Northumberland is committed to working with our network of local social service organizations, business, and community leaders to advocate locally and provincially for some of the most pervasive issues facing our communities.

We are active members of Northumberland County’s Homelessness Leadership Table where we discuss systems-level approaches to support those experiencing housing challenges as well as front-line workers.

We are also a member of the Affordable Housing Committee, a group of community partners that believe safe, affordable, appropriate, and accessible housing is a fundamental right for all persons. We regularly engage with one another to build resiliency, facilitate system navigation, reduce duplication, and address impacting issues relating to affordable housing through collective response and coordinated action.

We are members of Northumberland County’s Community Safety and Well-Being Committee and were actively involved in the creation of Northumberland County’s plan to identify preventable measures to improve quality of life for all.


Periods are a fact of life and so is the need for menstrual products. Sadly, many people cannot afford them.

Almost one-quarter of Canadian women say they have struggled to afford menstrual products for themselves or their children (Plan International, Period Stigma Report, 2018).

No one should have to choose between buying groceries to feed their family and being able to afford basic hygiene products. Sadly, for many, this is a reality.

In addition to distributing menstrual hygiene products to individuals and not-for-profit organizations in our community, we also advocate for accessible products in public washrooms. We are devoted to making a fundamental change to eradicate period poverty in our community and are working hard to establish new relationships with change-makers in Northumberland County. This includes working with governments, businesses, unions, and other organizations to move the dial and change policy.

Thank you to the following businesses and community organizations for making their Period Promise and helping to advocate for this issue locally:

  • Cameco Corporation
  • Campbellford Memorial Hospital
  • Change Health Care Cobourg
  • Cobourg Collegiate Institute
  • Cobourg Dominos
  • Cobourg Public Library
  • CpK Interior Products
  • Lofty Butter
  • Municipality of Brighton
  • Municipality of Port Hope
  • No Frills Cobourg
  • Northumberland County Community & Social Services
  • Nourish Boutique Spa
  • Nurturing Health Naturopathic Clinic
  • OATC Port Hope
  • PARN
  • Starbucks Cobourg
  • The Squishy Goose
  • Thrive Northumberland
  • Town of Cobourg
We advocate for Living Wage. We are a certified Living Wage employer and believe that people should be paid, what they need to earn to cover the actual costs of living in their community.

For more information about Northumberland United Way Advocacy and how to get involved, please contact Alicia Vandine.

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