United Way officials today announced receipt of an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant in the amount of $378,300 –over five years – to establish a new Chatham-Kent Nonprofit Network. Funds will be used to hire a Project Co-Ordinator to bring public attention to the value of the nonprofit sector in Chatham-Kent and to enhance its capacity to improve lives and build community. In addition, the project will document the local nonprofit sector’s contribution to economic well-being in ways that are not currently recognized and bring recognition to the efforts of the sector in proactively responding to emerging issues.

In November of 2013, the Ontario Nonprofit Network invited United Way to host a Regional Meeting – during which a number of nonprofit attendees expressed interest in establishing a similar organization at the local level. A small steering committee was subsequently formed and a grant application was submitted to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for the March 1st 2014 deadline.

“We are delighted that the Ontario Trillium Foundation has acknowledged the importance of this initiative and desires to invest in this community building project. This funding will allow us to give voice to the hundreds of nonprofit organizations who strive – daily – to improve the quality of life of Chatham-Kent residents. In the early days of the project, we will identify the number of nonprofit organizations in Chatham-Kent and begin to document data needs and other resources required to inform their work and strengthen their capacity to serve.” – Karen Kirkwood-Whyte, CEO, United Way Chatham Kent.

“Ontario’s 59,000 nonprofit organizations are at the heart of thriving communities. The sector makes over $50 billion in economic impact across the province. The community nonprofit sector (not including municipalities, universities, schools and hospitals) employs 600,000 workers and represents 2.6% of Ontario’s GDP. The impact of nonprofits and charities on the lives of Ontarians and their interconnectedness with government and business activity means that it is in the interest of all Ontarians to have a healthy, efficient, and sustainable nonprofit sector.”- Ontario Nonprofit Network.

“As organizations in the nonprofit sector, we know that working together increases our collective impact. The development of a local nonprofit network will provide an environment in which that capacity for collaboration can be optimized for the benefit of all.” – Brad Davis, Executive Director of Family Service Kent and a member of the steering committee.

United Way of Chatham-Kent is a registered Canadian charitable organization that works to maximize volunteer, financial, program and agency resources to respond to the increasingly complex issues and needs that exist and are emerging in Chatham-Kent.

A leading grantmaker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities.

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To learn more about the Ontario Trillium Foundation please visit

For more information about this exciting initiative, please contact Karen Kirkwood-Whyte, CEO, United Way of
Chatham-Kent at 519-354-0430.

Summer Spotlight: Asia Aoki

United Way of Chatham-Kent is pleased to welcome Asia Aoki to our Staff Team as a summer co-op student from Ursuline College, The Pines.   Asia came to United Way to enhance her passion for marketing and communication – specifically photography.  She is active in her school choir, student council and student musicals and has performed in the Sears Drama Festival.  In addition, she volunteers at Muskoka Woods Camp and works at the Portuguese Club, tutoring and volunteering.  Stay tuned as United Way releases the materials produced by Asia during her summer placement with us.  As United Way strives to improve lives and build community, we celebrate the contributions made by our local youth!  Thank you, Asia, for sharing your time and talents with United Way.

Position Available: Project Coordinator, Chatham-Kent Nonprofit Network

(Full Time, Five-Year Contract Position)

United Way of Chatham-Kent – in partnership with several representatives of the nonprofit community – is looking for a passionate, committed individual to lead an exciting new project designed to bring public attention to value of the nonprofit sector in Chatham-Kent and to enhance its capacity to improve lives and build community.

Working closely with the Ontario Nonprofit Network, the successful candidate will develop a strong and vibrant network of local nonprofits. The successful candidate will develop and promote teamwork, collaboration and partnerships. Key to the success of the project will be the sharing of experiences, resources, information and lessons learned.

You want to …
– identify the number of nonprofit organizations throughout Chatham-Kent
– identify the needs of local nonprofit organizations
– build capacity within the nonprofit sector by providing training opportunities for both staff and volunteers of local nonprofits
– educate business and government partners about the socioeconomic value of the nonprofit sector in Chatham-Kent
– liaise with neighbouring nonprofits who can benefit from, and provide input to, the enhancement of local capacity
– research and identify best practices in nonprofit governance
– organize and deliver professional development opportunities and training
– disseminate findings to the community through focus groups, workshops, seminars and special events
– leverage existing communication tools or develop new versions to “connect” with those individuals working and volunteering in the nonprofit sector
– gather stories and personal testimonials about how nonprofit representatives are making long-lasting measurable change in society
– organize and attend regular meetings of the Chatham-Kent Nonprofit Network Advisory Committee; take and transcribe minutes
– participate and provide feedback in the evaluation of short-term, intermediate and long-term outcomes of the Project
– work with all sectors of the community (business, government and voluntary) to achieve Project outcomes
– nurture collaboration among community organizations

You are …
– passionate about your community
– dedicated to, and intimately knowledgeable about, the nonprofit sector within Chatham-Kent
– fluent in a second language (a definite asset!)
– skilled in both written and verbal communication and relationship management
– a social media “junkie”
– an outgoing “people person”
– an innovative thinker

We are looking for someone who has:
– a Post-Secondary Degree or College Diploma in Social Services
– a Certificate in Non-Profit Management (a definite asset!)
– significant volunteer history
– project management experience
– strong computer and reporting skills
– significant research and analytical skills
– a valid driver’s license and a reliable vehicle
– a supportive family who understands the need for evening and weekend commitments … and
– a sense of humour!

This five-year contract position will commence on or about 2014 SEP 01. Your office will be located at “The 425” – United Way’s Centre for Community Innovation in Chatham but travel will be required throughout Chatham-Kent.

We thank all applicants but only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.
Please submit a resume, together with a cover letter and references, by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, 2014 AUG 15 to:

Karen Kirkwood-Whyte
Chief Executive Officer
United Way of Chatham-Kent
P. O. Box 606
Chatham, ON N7M 5K8

Executive Vice-President from United Way Centraide Canada visits CK

Local United Way staff and board members had a visit on Wednesday from Dan Clement, Executive Vice-President from United Way Centraide Canada, the organization’s National Office in Ottawa.  United Way of Chatham-Kent is one of 108 United Ways in Canada and 40 in Ontario.  Mr. Clement was on hand to provide an update on national strategic directions in fund-raising and community Investments and to learn about local initiatives in support of community priorities.