Community Contributions

YNCU and its staff members invest in our communities through a variety of partnerships and programs. After all when our communities win, Your Neighbourhood wins.

Scholarships & Bursaries

We understand that achieving your educations goals often come with financial challenges. We’re proud to support post-secondary students with a hand up by offering scholarships or bursaries at Sault College, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), and the University of Waterloo.

Visit each school’s website for more information including how to apply.

Neighbourhood Matching Grant

Kitchener residents take the lead, and the City supports them along the way in an effort to make great neighbourhoods. In the partnership with the City of Kitchener the program offers a one-time Neighbourhood Matching Grant to support resident-led neighbourhood and placemaking initiatives.

The Neighbourhood Matching Grant is intended to:

  • Renew or revitalize neighbourhood public and green spaces, contributing to neighbourhood beautification and celebration
  • Build stronger relationships between neighbours and neighbourhood groups
  • Entrust residents to become more actively involved in their neighbourhoods through working together as neighbours

Have a project you’d like to submit? Learn more.


Police Pal Program

The London Police Pal Program began on May 30th, 1990 as a way to help young children cope with physical and emotional trauma. This community initiative provides a plush German Shepherd toy dog to young children who may have experienced, or may be experiencing physical and emotional trauma.  The dog acts as a way to distract and provide comfort to a child while a Police Officer is responding to a call.

Read more about how YNCU and the Police Pals are comforting children in a time of crisis.

Financial Literacy – Each One Teach One

Empowering people to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to confidently manage their personal finances is part of being a good neighbour, and enhancing Canadians’ financial well-being is a shared core value for Canadian credit unions. We’ve invested in our people so they can help develop financial literacy skills in our communities through the Each One, Teach One Program.

Each One, Teach One (EOTO) is an innovative financial literacy program that trains credit union employees to deliver basic financial skills workshops in community settings. Delivered in plain language —in schools, church basements, neighbourhood houses and community centres — the approach of Each One, Teach One is to meet individuals where they are, when they seek training.

The Each One, Teach One financial literacy program provides trained credit union staff with access to 17 financial literacy workshops. Learn more about the Each One Teach One workshops.

If we can support your group by providing a free certified financial literacy volunteer presenter, reach out and let us know!


Is your organization in need of volunteers and donations? Learn more about how our Good Neighbours Program can help!


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