As part of the restructured Bushels of Hope Program, volunteer committee members have decided to reach out to the agricultural community earlier than ever this year.

“Traditionally – as part of the annual fall United Way Campaign – we have mailed a ‘L’il Green’ envelope following the fall harvest. This year we have identified the need to connect with farmers earlier”, said Lynn Girty, a United Way Board Member and active participant on the Bushels of Hope Committee.  “We believe that there are two realistic opportunities to approach our friends and colleagues in the agricultural sector – early summer and late fall – with a special request to contribute to our local United Way.  We trust that this timing will result in strong support for the numerous agencies, programs and services funded by United Way throughout Chatham-Kent.”

The redesigned mailer (shown below) is already arriving in the mailboxes of registered farms across the municipality. Committee volunteers are encouraging all rural residents to open the mailer and learn more about United Way’s strategic investments in poverty reduction, youth engagement and community economic development – all focussed on improving lives and building community.

Introduced in 2014, the new Bushels of Hope “Future Fund” is designed to position our community to take full advantage of – and provide financial support for – innovative ideas in agriculture, promote local food and enhance food literacy.

For more information about Bushels of Hope and the Future Fund please contact Karen Kirkwood-Whyte, CEO or Tom Slager, Acting Director, Resource Development at 519-354-0430.