First Public Report Night Campaign Update

At the annual Tilbury Steak BBQ Friday night, 2015 Campaign Co-Chairs Kelly Bayda and Aimee June gave an update on the progress of United Way of Chatham-Kent’s fundraising campaign.

“Volunteers have been working hard making contacts in our community, asking current, past and first time contributors for their support” said Kelly Bayda. “At this point we have raised $478,602 of our $2,015,000 goal.”

“Many of the large workplace campaigns are just beginning. ‘L’il Red’s’ will be arriving in mailboxes this week. Kelly and I are confident that with the help of our great team of volunteers, we will be able to reach our goal” said Aimee June.

The next Public Report Night will be held in Wallaceburg on November 12, 2015.

If you want to get involved with the 2015 campaign please contact Kelly Bayda at 519-350-7728 or Aimee June at 519-354-7688.

“L’il Red” Envelopes coming to a mailbox near you

Our 2015 Fundraising Campaign is in full swing and once again, “L’il Red” contribution envelopes will be appearing in mailboxes across Chatham-Kent.

While the envelopes have a new, updated look this year, their purpose remains the same. “We are encouraging recipients to open the mailer and learn more about how United Way’s investments move people from poverty to possibility, build healthy people and strong communities and give kids the opportunity to be all that they can be.” said Kelly Bayda and Aimee June, 2015 Campaign Co-Chairs.

As we continue on our mission in 2015 “to improve lives and build community in Chatham-Kent”, we are asking that the citizens of Chatham-Kent consider supporting us once again.

If you do not receive your “L’il Red” please call our office at 519-354-0430. You can also make a confidential, secure donation online.

Want to get involved with the 2015 campaign? Contact Kelly Bayda at 519-350-7728 or Aimee June at 519-354-7688.

L'il Red

Desperate Need for Winter Coats

Operation Cover-Up is in desperate need of coats of all sizes. Please take a look in your closet to see if you can help!

2015 Operation Cover-Up Poster

Operation Cover-Up


2015 Large Poster

For the 29th year, Operation Cover-Up – a Good Neighbours Program– will be keeping citizens of Chatham-Kent warm this winter.

The collection period began at the end of September and will continue throughout the winter. This year United Way is asking the community to take their clean, gently used coats to their local Salvation Army Thrift Stores in Blenheim, Chatham, Ridgetown, and Wallaceburg. In Dresden coats can be dropped off at McBrayne Feed and Supply Ltd., in Thamesville at Vivian Cleaners, and in Tilbury at the Information and HELP Centre.

This year the distribution period will run from Tuesday, October 13, 2015 to Saturday, November 21, 2015 at the Salvation Army locations in Blenheim, Chatham, Ridgetown, and Wallaceburg as well as the Tilbury Information and HELP Centre.

The program is run in partnership with The Salvation Army and is supported by the Prosperity Roundtable and Chatham-Kent Police Service.

In 2014, approximately 1,017 coats were distributed across Chatham-Kent.

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 »