Our mission

To improve the lives of people in a situation of poverty and social exclusion through a partnership with local community agencies.

What does Centraide Richelieu-Yamaska do?

Centraide R-Y is a philanthropic organization that invests locally to support a vast network of community agencies. These agencies contribute to support youth success, take care of the essentials, break social isolation, and build caring communities in order to improve the quality of life in our community and empower its most vulnerable members to take charge of their lives.

Our vision

To be seen as a leader of social development in our community:

The 4 areas of action of CRY are to support youth success, to take care of the essentials, to break social isolation, and to build caring communities.

The values that guide us:

  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Solidarity
  • Transparency
  • Diversity


The Centraide branches in Quebec have a common set of values and rules that guide their actions.

Due to its mission, Centraide Richelieu-Yamaska reflects some characteristics and obeys imperatives that sets it apart from other organizations. Such a social contract imposes a unique bond of trust between the organisation and its community.

Our history

An involvement that goes a long way

The Centraide movement was born in Montreal in 1917 from the grouping of several charities seeking to limit the number of fundraising campaigns.

Centraide Richelieu-Yamaska was founded in June 1956 under the name Caritas. On September 9, 1975, it adopted the name Centraide Richelieu-Yamaska.

United Way Movement / Centraide

All of Quebec’s regions are served by branches of Centraide, which are autonomous and managed by independent boards of directors that represent their community. Each of them collects donations and invests in its community to break the cycle of poverty and social exclusion. Centraide invests with the constant concern of having the biggest possible impact. They support more than 1500 partner agencies and community projects to improve more than 1.5 million lives locally. Quebec’s Centraide branches are also members of Centraide Canada which brings together almost 100 Centraide and United Way branches across the country.

4 areas of action guide the Centraide branches in Quebec

Take care of the essentials

Support youth success

Break social isolation

Building unifying living environments