Annual Campaign Goal Announced

2015 Campaign Co-Chairs Kelly Bayda and Aimee June announced a fundraising goal of $2,015,000 at the annual campaign kick-off held today at the Civic Centre in downtown Chatham.

“Our target is an ambitious but – we believe – achievable increase over last year’s $1.9 million.” said Kelly.

The gathering downtown included the presentation of pacesetter gifts from the United Way Staff, United Way Board, Campaign Cabinet, Funded Agencies and other corporations, businesses, employee groups and individuals. Read the rest of this entry »

And the 10th Annual Chatham-Kent Amazing Race Winner is…

Team #4 “The KGB Reunion Tour” Scott Thompson and Dean Patterson

Team #4 “The KGB Reunion Tour”
Scott Thompson and Dean Patterson

Team #4 “The KGB Reunion Tour” consisting of Scott Thompson and Dean Patterson!  In a nail biting finish all-stars Scott and Dean triumphed over 12 other teams to claim first prize – a travel voucher from Vellinga’s Travel and Cruise Holidays, kite surfing lessons in Erieau with Surf Culture Canada and a premium car rental provided by Blenheim Chrysler. Read the rest of this entry »

Bushels of Hope – Reaching out to the Agricultural Community

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.” Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrating a Chatham-Kent Tradition- Red Feather Reunion for 60th Anniversary

September 2015 will mark the 60th anniversary of Red Feather. To celebrate the occasion, a Red Feather Reunion is being planned for October 3, 2015.

The reunion event will be held at the former McKeough Public School, the current home of Blairs’ Boot Camp. It will feature a fashion throughout the decades show presented by Gentry Manor, tribute rooms with Red Feather memorabilia, and a ‘time warp’ dance in the school’s gymnasium. Read the rest of this entry »

Chatham-Kent Youth break records

This spring, Chatham-Kent youth broke the local record for volunteer hours – 1,253 youth volunteered 26,236 hours during the six week long ChangeTheWorld Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge.

ChangeTheWorld is a call to action for youth aged 14-18 years to volunteer through a wide variety of exciting community initiatives from April 12th to May 24th, 2015. The challenge is funded by the Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade in partnership with the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network. Read the rest of this entry »