United Way Halton & Hamilton’s ConnectED program helps non-profit staff enhance their knowledge, skills and ability to create community impact. We partner with subject matter experts to offer quality, relevant and affordable capacity building opportunities that will strengthen the sector.

COVID 19 Update

All in-person sessions have been postponed until further notice. In response to social distancing requirements, the broader community is responding with online resources to help individuals and organizations through this crisis.

ConnectED staff are researching online resources and webinars on a daily basis and will gather opportunities relevant to the non-profit sector below.

Have an opportunity or resource you would like to see posted? Is there a webinar topic you’d like to see? Please e-mail your shareable resources and ideas to Vivien Underdown at

Reliable Information about COVID-19

Should you require more information about the pandemic, we encourage you to follow the directives and information provided by the government.

Upcoming Webinars

Firespring Webinar Series

Marketing B Corp with live webinars on range of marketing and communication topics. Click here to learn more.

Network for Good Webinar Series

Funding organization supports charities with donations, coaching and educational resources. Webinars include board engagement and crisis-proof social media strategy, and more. Click here to learn more.

Nonprofit Tech for Good Webinar Series

Focuses on providing useful, easy-to-understand news and resources related to nonprofit technology, online communication, and mobile and social fundraising. Click here to learn more.

Ontario Nonprofit Network Webinar Series

A range of webinars designed to inform, educate and develop public policy knowledge and advocacy skills of nonprofits, and highlight resources that can support their work. Click here to learn more.

Tamarack Institute Webinar Series

A range of webinars covering topics including poverty reduction, changing philanthropy, community-driven and individual-driven change, collaboration and more. Click here to learn more.


Mental Health – Counselling Supports

Crisis lines – If you or someone you know is in crisis, the following phone lines remain open:

  • SAVIS of Halton crisis line: 905-875-1555
  • SACHA 24-hour support line: 905-525-4162
  • COAST (CMHA Halton 24-hour crisis line): 1-877-825-9011
  • COAST (Hamilton 24-hour crisis line): 1-844-972-8338
  • ROCK crisis line (for families and children): 905-878-9785

Canadian Mental Health Association of Halton Region: CMHA Halton continues to offer free, “walk-in” counselling via telephone. Staff in Halton who need mental health supports can call the following number and they will be contacted by a counsellor within 24 business hours: (289) 291-5396

Canadian Mental Health Association of Hamilton: CMHA Hamilton typically provides counselling through a case management intake system. In response to COVID-19, the organization is offering free short term supportive counselling for all health care and social services employees working the front-lines during the health pandemic. Up to four 1 hour sessions of telephone or virtual mental health support will be offered Monday to Friday. Hamilton staff who need mental health support can call (905) 521-0090 to leave a message with their contact information. A case manager will call back within 24 business hours to connect them to their preferred option(s) for support including online resources and free counselling. This service will be available starting Monday, April 6th

Canadian Mental Health Association of Ontario: Free Bounce Back Program offers workbooks and weekly coach check-ins to help with a number of mental health issues.

Canadian Psychological Association: CPA has called upon registered psychology practitioners to donate time to provide psychological services to front line health care providers who may be feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or distressed by being on the front lines of the health crisis. Learn more here.

Distress Centre Halton: Available to all Halton residents who need support with loneliness, stress, and isolate.

  • Oakville: 905-849-4541
  • Burlington: 905-681-1488
  • North Halton: 905-877-1211


Kids Help Phone Line: Kids can reach a counsellor 24/7 at 1-800-668-6868.


Well-Being & Mental Health

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health: Tips on managing mental health during COVID-19. Click to learn more.

Crowd-sourced directory: Articles, free applications, exercise videos, creativity, online learning, and more. Click to learn more.

Hamilton Council on Aging: Resources and supports for seniors. Click to learn more.

The Happiness Lab Podcast: By Yale professor Dr. Laurie Santos. Special episodes on how to maintain well-being in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Click here to listen.

Mental Health Commission of Canada: Resources to support mental health during COVID-19. Click to learn more.  

School Mental Health Ontario: Tips to support student mental health during the pandemic. Click to learn more.

Western University: Department of Psychiatry has compiled a list of helpful resources for coping with the pandemic. Click to learn more.


Non-Profit Specific

Government of Ontario: Accessing Restricted Purpose Trust Funds during COVID-19 Pandemic. Click to learn more.

Halton Community Services Directory and Free Website Widget: Halton Community Services Directory has updated listings, service change updates and modified hours of operation for many social services in the region. Any organization in Halton can embed Halton Community Services Directory’s free widget on their website to help community members find updated services. Click to learn more.

Imagine Canada: Keeping Canadian nonprofits on track with resources, advice, and updates during the COVID-19 crisis. Click to learn more.

Innoweave Micro-Coaching Grants: All Innoweave streams will be open to micro-coaching for organizations that need urgent expert advice on any coaching stream. Apply here.

Nonprofit Ready: Free online training for the nonprofit professional. Over 500 learning resources to help you and your nonprofit do more. Click to learn more.

Ontario Non-Profit Network: Resources to help nonprofits adapt and respond to COVID-19. Click to learn more.


COVID-19 Response and Adaptation

Canadian Chamber of Commerce: COVID-19 Business Resilience, tools and resources. Click to learn more.

COVID-19 Continuity: Free resource to help build a non-profit business continuity plan. Click to learn more.

International Association of Business Communicators: Free evolving resource guide related to the global health crisis. Click to learn more.

Prosper Strategies: COVID-19 Crisis Communication Best Practices. Click to learn more.



Canada Helps: Recorded webinar about online fundraising in a virtual world. Watch here.

Fundraising during COVID-19 crisis: Compilation of resources by Imagine Canada and Grant Connect. Click to learn more.

The Sponsorship Collective: Free sponsorship resources including during times of crisis. Click to learn more.


Working Remotely

Ahria Consulting: Recorded webinar on managing virtual teams and remote workWatch here.

Design Better Podcast: Special guests from InVision share how they balance personal and professional demands.Listen here.

Enable Education: Five part blog and video series about onboarding employees remotelyClick to learn more.

Interreg Europe: Learn about online events, how to be a good moderator, how to create supportive presentations, and about online event tools and tech. Click to learn more.

Ontario Non-Profit Network: Recorded webinars on topics like how to run a nonprofit virtually, and managing employees and volunteers during the pandemic. Watch here.

RedBit: Resources on using cloud services. Click to learn more.

Tech Soup Canada: How nonprofits can establish effective telecommuting practices.Click to learn more.


Community Building

CareMongering Facebook Support Groups: A group for sharing and organizing community resources, to ensure vulnerable community members have access to food, housing, healthcare, and other necessities. Burlington, Halton Hills, Hamilton, MiltonOakville

How to Start a Community Pod: This toolkit helps you create a neighbourhood pod, which is a tool people are using to connect and make sure everyone’s needs are met by grabbing food, medication, or anything else that might put those who are vulnerable to COVID-19 transmission at risk. Click to learn more.

ConnectED  Workshops Postponed to a Later Date

Monthly 1-1 Evaluation Support Hours

Date: Postponed to later date

Time: Three time slots: 9:00-10:00am; 10:15-11:15am; or 11:30am-12:30pm

Location: 177 Rebecca Street, Hamilton, ON, L8R 1B9

Cost: Free

Evaluation helps non-profit leaders understand, maximize, and communicate their positive community impact. Unfortunately, navigating the multitude of evaluation approaches and jargon can be challenging. This unique opportunity provides organizations with private, one-on-one support from Credentialed Evaluator and President of Social Impact Squared, Paul Bakker

Allyship in Action

Date: Postponed until later date

Time: 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Location: Nuvo Network – 1295 North Service Rd, Burlington

Cost: $50

We live in an interesting time when on the one hand, populism seems to be on the rise, and on the other, words such as diversity and bullying make the headlines more and more. Join facilitator Leena Sharma Seth, Founder and Principal at Mending the Chasm and Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional, to dive into the world of inclusion. Building inclusive cultures and spaces is becoming a necessity. This workshop will help you gain greater understanding of the impacts, learn key concepts, empower your allyship capacity.

Sustainable Benefits

Date: Postponed to later date

Time: 9:00am-12:00pm

Location: Tim Hortons Field, Hamilton

Cost: $40

Ever wonder how you’re going to get ahead of your bulging benefits budget? Join this unique workshop to hear a panel of diverse experts, including employment lawyer and columnist for The Spectator, Ed Canning; Jeremy Brown and Paul Wheeler from the Community Services Benefits Trust; and nutritionist trainer Marcella Kimmel. Leave feeling better prepared to manage tricky situations and build creative solutions.

Responsible Data Management

Date: Wednesday May 20, 2020

Time: 9:30 am – 1:30 pm, includes lunch

Location: McMaster University

Cost: Free, includes parking voucher

In a world of big data and varying degrees of digital literacy, it can be difficult to manage data responsibly. This workshop will explore the changing context and equip you with the tools to manage your data from collection to destruction. Participants will also learn of an exclusive data management support program and engage in interactive co-learning activities that will… Learn more and register here.

Scott GallagherConnectED