It is important for people to understand that United Way funded agencies count on the annual campaign to generate sufficient revenue so that each year their budgets balance. United Way funding also allows agencies to use their time and talent on the provision of service for those in need instead of focusing on fundraising to sustain their program and processing those donations. There is still time to give. Tax receipts can be issued for gifts received by December 31, 2015. Together, we are possibility. Please give generously.
Below are testimonials from other select agencies funded by United Way of Chatham-Kent about why you should support the 2015 Annual Fundraising Campaign.
“Why is United Way important to your agency?”
AIDS Committee of Windsor- Chatham Outreach Office
“United Way of Chatham-Kent is our team of professional fund developers whose sole determination is seeing that no citizen of Chatham-Kent is left behind and that an individual’s ability to access support in our community is not defined by the number of pieces of paper they have in their wallet. They help to keep our doors open, keep our services free-of-charge and to keep us in front of our community members who have turned to us for guidance and support in what is often a very difficult and unplanned period in their lives.
Walking through the doors of our agency is not an easy thing to do – so could you imagine finally gaining enough courage to reach out and ask for help only to find a closed sign on the door as the agency staff and volunteers are out running a baseball tournament or other fundraising initiative to help keep their doors open?
Anyone who has ever undertaken a fundraising project before knows all too well that it is an all-consuming task that requires your full attention if you want any hope of a chance for it to be successful. So, if our agency staff and volunteers need to be focused on fundraising, who will be there to provide the support when someone from our community reaches out to ask for help?
United Way of Chatham-Kent answers that question with a respectful and responsible solution for our community by taking on the fund development portion of our work to help ensure that when members of our community do reach out for support they find that support and not a closed sign on our door.”
-Steve Pratt, Community Development Coordinator
“The United Way lights up the world for all to see. With less than 35 per cent of our total funding coming from government sources, CNIB relies on public donations in order to be there for all those who need our services. The United Way has made incredibly generous contributions to CNIB in the past, and also has proved itself as a leader in the creation of a better tomorrow for all Canadians who are blind or partially sighted. The ripple effect from its gifts will touch countless lives for generations to come.”
-Lee-Anne Cross, Regional Manager Services and Operations
Family Service Kent
“With support from United Way, Family Service Kent is able to offer professional counselling services on a “geared-to-income basis”, ensuring that this type of assistance is available to all. Without a doubt, it is funding from United Way that allows us to help those in need when they are most in need.”
-Brad Davis, Executive Director
Learning Disabilities Association of Chatham-Kent
“Our agency and supports offered to families managing learning disabilities and ADHD wouldn’t exist without the financial support of United Way of Chatham-Kent! We could not do the work we do in supporting families who are managing a life-long disability. Early intervention and supports are imperative in assisting students in reducing school drop-out rates, low self-esteem, anxieties and frustrations.”
-Dawn Babkirk, Executive Director
VON Kids Circle Program
“United Way allows the VON Kids Circle Program to provide grief and illness counselling to the children and teens in the Chatham-Kent community at no cost, giving the children a safe place to work through the trauma and loss they have experienced. United Way’s campaign fundraises dollars for VON Kids Circle Program so that we can focus on the best possible care for our youth.”
–Erin Crow, Program Coordinator