Time is running out to receive your 2014 income tax receipt

Although there are still six weeks left in our Annual Campaign, time is running out to receive your 2014 income tax receipt. In order to be eligible for this year’s income tax receipt your financial contribution must be received before midnight 2014 DEC 31. 

For your convenience, we accept many different forms of gifts – cash, debit, credit card, payroll deduction, Electronic Fund Transfer, securities, or stocks. 

Here are some ways you can get your donation in on time so you don’t miss out:

  • Return your cheque in the envelope you received with your request for support
  • Go online to our secure and confidential DONATE NOW button 
  • Stop by or call one of our office locations in Chatham, Tilbury or Wallaceburg

Our offices hours are Monday to Friday 8:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

To make it as convenient as possible we will also be open during the holidays: 

Chatham Office – December 22, 23, 29, 30, 31and January 2
Tilbury Office – December 22, 23 and 24 till noon, 24, 29, 30, 31and January 2
Wallaceburg Office – December 22, 23 until noon, 24 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Closed Dec. 25 to January 05. 

Please consider being an “Everyday Hero”. Giving one dollar a day helps over 30 agencies, programs and services funded by United Way continue their work of improving lives and building community in Chatham-Kent, 365 days a year. Its a great day to change lives.

“L’il Green” Envelope coming soon to rural mailboxes

As one of United Way’s final “asks” in the 2014 campaign, its “L’il Green” envelope will be mailed to all rural households within the next ten days.  United Way volunteers are encouraging all rural residents to open the mailer as it includes a new component to their traditional “Bushels of Hope” program. 

Bushels of Hope volunteers are proud to introduce the “Future Fund” as part of this year’s program. This fund will be used to encourage investment in several current needs within Chatham-Kent and position our local community to take full advantage of future opportunities in agriculture and food. 

“We believe that this new “Future Fund” is an opportunity to invest in “growing” the strength of one of the key assets of our community,” said Bob Kerr, one of the Bushels of Hope committee volunteers. “Our committee’s focus will be on the development of people, methods and markets.  For example, Bushels of Hope Committee volunteers could be approached to support the education of students of agriculture, assist agricultural entrepreneurs to identify markets, develop business plans or innovate sustainable food systems.  Proposals could also include engagement in local farmers markets or culinary arts festivals.” 

This year’s “L’il Green” mailer offers donors choice – the opportunity to donate to United Way’s member charities and programs, to designate to their favourite charities as part of the United Way Donor Choice Program and/or to invest in the new “Future Fund”. 

“Our United Way Board of Directors recently approved its 2014-2015 strategic plan – which speaks to investments in three areas – From poverty to possibility, Strong communities and All that kids can be”, said Karen Kirkwood-Whyte, United Way’s CEO. “Youth out-migration and sustainable agriculture have been identified as two priorities which align to each of these focus areas.” 

Those who wish to contribute to the Bushels of Hope Program can also “donate a bushel” through their local elevator as pledge forms will be distributed to all participating elevators in the next two weeks.  Funds received before year-end are eligible for an income tax deductible receipt for 2014. 

For more information, please contact Karen Kirkwood-Whyte at 519-354-0430.

Celebrating a week filled with fun activities

With seven weeks to go in the 2014 United Way Campaign, volunteers across Chatham-Kent have been busy organizing some awesome “fun”draising events. United Way supports more than 30 local agencies, programs and services that work, 365 days a year, to help make all of Chatham-Kent a stronger, safer and more caring community. 

We are so appreciative of the hundreds of sponsors, organizers, and participants– too many to thank in this space but each and every one a vital part of these successful events. 

Dresden Poor Boy Luncheon – Thanks to the Lambton-Kent Composite School Student Council the luncheon and silent auction raised a $593.00 for the Campaign. 

Yoga With Gisele Harrison – In Tilbury, a special yoga session with Gisele Harrison at the Tilbury Leisure Centre added $135.00 to that area’s growing total. 

Freezin’ for a Reason – Ridgetown’s Rose Beach Line and Wallaceburg’s McDonald Park Boat Launch were the sites for the 2014 event. In Ridgetown, $1,625.00 was raised by four brave participants while three participants in Wallaceburg raised $1,610.00.

 Christmas at the Links – Guests attending the event enjoyed a full agenda of Christmas music, prizes, vendors, fashion and fun while raising $12,000 for the Community Fund. Thank you Thomas and James of Gentry Manor and the Signature Sponsor – Ridge Landfill Community Trust.

 United Way Chili Cook-Off – Back in Wallaceburg, there were pots of chili and lots of warm stomachs last week as the event “cooked up” $2,118.00.

 Special Events account for about eight percent of the dollars being raised annually during the Campaign. We salute everyone for hosting these fun activities. They are a wonderful way to bring us together and serve as a reminder that every dollar, every donation, every volunteer and every action makes a huge difference in the lives of those we serve. 

Thanks also to our many workplace donors and corporate supporters. Raised to date is $1,317,197 of our $1,900,000 goal. A special shout out this week to MSSC Canada and its employees for their very generous contribution of $20,005. 

How can you help? Please consider an “Everyday Hero” gift of just one dollar a day for United Way. Use payroll deduction at your place of work, donate online at www.uwock.ca, return your L’il Red contribution envelope, or call United Way to make your donation arrangements.

 Its a great day to change lives.

For more information contact:
Dean and Margery Muharrem
2014 Chatham-Kent Co-Chairs
Dean (519) 436-5674 or dean.muharrem@sunmedia.ca
Margery (519) 784-2511 or muharrem@sympatico.ca