Operation Cover-Up Program for 2014 Launched

United Way officials today announced the launch of the 2014 Operation Cover-Up Program – a partnership with The Salvation Army and several other contributing sponsors including Chatham-Kent Fire and Emergency Services, May Court Club of Chatham, the Prosperity Roundtable and Chatham-Kent Police Services. 

According to Mary Symons, United Way’s Good Neighbours Co-Ordinator, “We are looking for coats of all sizes – male, female, children, toddlers and infants – with an emphasis on men’s plus sized and toddlers and infants coats.” 

The program begins with a COLLECTION PERIOD which runs – during business hours – from today until Saturday, 2014 OCT 18, followed by a DISTRIBUTION PERIOD which runs from Tuesday, 2014 OCT 14 to Saturday, 2014 NOV 15. 

Those wishing to donate a used winter coat are encouraged to take them to the following DROP-OFF LOCATIONS:  Blenheim – Libro Financial; Chatham – Betty Brite, Bondy’s Cleaners, Chatham Cleaners, Community Cleaners and Winners; Dresden – Jackson’s Seeds, McBrayne Feed and Supply Ltd., McKellar’s flowers and Gifts; Ridgetown – Chatham-Kent Police Station; Thamesville – Vivian Cleaners; Tilbury – Community Cleaners at Kara’s Rose Garden and Wallaceburg – Community Cleaners at Flynn & Burgess Grocery and Westown Cleaners. 

Those wishing to receive a used winter cost can secure a COUPON at The Salvation Army Family Services, ODSP, Employment and Social Services and United Way offices in Tilbury, Wallaceburg and Chatham.  Coupons can be redeemed during the DISTRIBUTION PERIOD at The Salvation Army Thrift Stores in Chatham, Ridgetown and Wallaceburg, The Salvation Army Food Bank at the Blenheim Baptist Church and the Tilbury Information and HELP Centre. 

Over the last 28 years since its inception, United Way’s Operation Cover-Up Program has distributed over 60,000 warm winter coats, hats and mittens to families in need throughout Chatham-Kent. 

For more information about this year’s Operation Cover-Up Program, please contact Mary Symons at 519-354-0430.  

CNIB Grand Opening

Today, CNIB held the Grand Opening of their new offices located at 4900 Wyandotte St. E. Suite 200, Windsor, Ontario.  Their new location is considerably more accessible – they are on two bus routes – bright and cheery, and provides a professional atmosphere for the staff and clients.  CNIB will be celebrating 100 years of service to communities in 2018, and have undergone a strategic development exercise to aim them over the next four years.  Their two main goals are:

1. To integrate rehabilitation therapy for Canadians living with vision loss into the continuum of care so essential services are available to and covered for every person who needs them.

2.  To redefine CNIB’s role as a charity that is relevant and meaningful to all Canadians in anticipation of the organization’s second century. 

CNIB is one of the six charter member agencies of United Way of Chatham-Kent, joining the “family” in June, 1948. 

L to R: Sherry, Malcho – Regional Director, Betty Leeson – Regional Manager, Jan Huebert – Regional Leadership Council, Shauna Boghean – Orientation and Mobility Specialist, Percy Hatfield – MPP Windsor-Tecumseh, and Len Baker – Executive Director Regional Vice President CNIB Ontario and Nunavut Services and Operation.

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The new Chatham-Kent Nonprofit Network – a community building initiative of the local United Way and other nonprofit sector partners – is pleased to announce the appointment of Kim Broadbent as its Project Co-Ordinator.   

Kim’s family moved to Chatham-Kent in 1996. Growing up, she was raised in a family that believed, and took part, in community volunteering.  After graduating from Ursuline College “The Pines”, Kim attended Wilfrid Laurier University where she participated in various charity fundraisers, as well as volunteering for tutoring and reading programs for children in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. Kim graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and a minor in Religion and Culture.  She then moved to Thunder Bay where she received her Bachelor of Education in History at Lakehead University.  While there, Kim continued to be a part of the community by being a Sparks Leader for the local Girl Guides. After she and her husband completed their schooling in Thunder Bay, they made the decision to “come baCK” to Chatham-Kent. 

Returning to Chatham-Kent, Kim felt the need to engage in community and promote all that it has to offer. She began a new hobby of travelling all the trails in Chatham-Kent – taking her two young sons along and blogging about their adventures. Kim’s on-line stories were eventually discovered by a local citizen who approached her in February to help organize a new group called WalkCK. 

As a volunteer with WalkCK, Kim gained a new perspective on the inner workings of a nonprofit and a genuine appreciation for those who give of their time and talent to serve in the nonprofit sector.  Speaking of her experiences with WalkCK, Kim noted “Through my involvement with WalkCK, I have seen the hard work, dedication, and challenges faced by nonprofit organizations and I have been lucky enough to witness the passion such engagement brings out in people.  I have enjoyed the thrill of sharing experiences and new adventures in the building of a better community.” 

With the support of a five year grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Kim looks forward to working with other staff members at “The 425” United Way’s Centre for Community Innovation as Project Co-Ordinator for the new Chatham-Kent Nonprofit Network.  In this role, she will work with the hundreds of local nonprofits throughout Chatham-Kent to strengthen the capacity of the sector and to demonstrate the vital role it plays in economic development.  Kim enters this position with enthusiasm and dedication.  “The nonprofit sector contributes so much to the quality of life of Chatham-Kent residents.  It is time to give them a voice – a voice to speak of their needs and a platform to showcase, recognize, and celebrate the role of the sector.  I am delighted to play a part – with the United Way and its numerous community partners – in the building of a healthy, sustainable, and effective nonprofit sector in Chatham-Kent”, said Broadbent. 

For further information, please contact Kim Broadbent at CKNN@uwock.ca or call 519-354-0430.