Young Professionals wanted for United Way of Chatham-Kent Board of Directors

United Way of Chatham-Kent is hosting an Orientation Session for young professionals between the ages of 18 and 35 who are interested in serving on our Board of Directors. We recognize the value youth bring to nonprofit boards – specifically their enthusiasm, individual talents and fresh perspectives. We strive to provide a meaningful volunteer experience where skills such as strategic planning, financial oversight and risk management are developed. At this session, participants will learn about the work of United Way as well as the roles and responsibilities of the governing body and its members.


When:             Monday, April 14, 2014   5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Where:           “The 425” United Way Centre for Community Innovation

                              425 McNaughton Avenue West, Chatham


Those interested in attending this Orientation Session are asked to RSVP to Karen Kirkwood-Whyte, CEO at 519-354-0430 or

Position Available: Youth Engagement Coordinator

 United Way is looking for a dynamic and engaged team member who is passionate about youth engagement and improving people’s lives.





(Proposed start date – 2014 JUNE 2 to 2014 DEC 31)


The Project Coordinator, Youth Engagement (Contract) is responsible for the implementation of the work plan for the Building Community Capacity through Youth Engagement Project, funded by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration.

The successful candidate will report to United Way Chatham-Kent CEO, and work closely with United Way staff and a range of community partners to implement and promote youth engagement initiatives.


Key responsibilities include:

  • Project management
  • Event planning for fundraising and community engagement initiatives
  • Volunteer management
  • Administrative support to the Youth Engagement Partnership group.


Essential skills include:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Superior planning, organizing and time management skills
  • Ability to prioritize and manage the demands of multiple, overlapping time frames and deadlines
  • Proficiency in taking minutes and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Access to a vehicle and valid driver’s license and occasional evening and weekend work are required.


Interested candidates please submit cover letter and resume to or PO Box 606  Chatham, Ontario N7M 5K8. Application deadline is April 30, 2014.

Bushels of Hope becomes a Program

In response to feedback from our friends in rural Chatham-Kent, Bushels of Hope will now be a program of United Way Chatham-Kent. This means donations designated to Bushels of Hope will now be distributed by a committee of volunteers to address service gaps within the rural community. 

For example, BOH volunteers could decide to fund academic scholarships for rural-living secondary school graduates who are going off to college or university; start-up fees for rural residents initiating community supported agriculture (CSA’s); or to become active in a local farmer’s market. Additionally, the funds could provide one-time emergency assistance for members of the rural community who do not have the financial means to purchase new eyeglasses, walkers, hearing aids or other health-related equipment. 

Bushels of Hope volunteer Chair, Caress Lee Carpenter says “the opportunities for Bushels of Hope to give back to the rural communities are endless as long as we can continue to rally support for the program and we have engaged, active volunteers who are willing to jump on board and move this program forward.” 

If you would like to assist in raising fund for Bushels of Hope and helping to distribute those funds to the rural community, please contact Caress or David at 519-354-0430 or Request for funding applications will be available in 2015. 

Community Impact Grants – Applications Now Available

At their 2014 FEBRUARY 26 meeting, the United Way Board of Directors approved the allocation of $60,000 for Community Impact Grants. 

The purpose of Community Impact funding is to enable not-for-profit human service agencies and organizations to respond quickly and creatively to pressing human needs in our community.  In addition to supporting quick response, Community Impact Grants allow time to develop program sustainability where the need is ongoing.

 With the Community Fund and the Women’s Leadership Council Grants as two of the traditional funding streams, United Way’s Director, Community Impact, Helen Heath, is delighted to provide another round of United Way Community Impact Grant funding. “Our Board is committed to providing funding opportunities to address new and emerging needs in our community.  These grants will allow more social service providers to explore new or improved ways of delivering needed services; develop services which address emerging or newly identified needs; respond to unmet needs and expand existing services into new communities through-out Chatham-Kent; or adopt models of service delivery which leverage existing community resources.” 

Applications are available at United Way’s three locations: United Way Centre for Community Innovation – 425 McNaughton Avenue West, Chatham; Wallaceburg Information and H.E.L.P. Centre – 152 Duncan Street, Wallaceburg and Tilbury Information and H.E.L.P. Centre – 20 Queen Street, Tilbury.  Grant applications are also available on United Way’s new website at 

Deadline for submissions is 2014 APRIL 30 at 5:00 pm. 

For more information contact Helen Heath, Director, Community Impact at 519-354-0430 or



United Way Allocates Funds to Local Agencies

The United Way Board of Directors approved funding for 18 Funded Agencies at its 2014 February 26 Board meeting.  A total of $753,250 was allocated to provide core funding for these human service agencies which align with United Way’s three focus areas: All that kids can be, From poverty to possibility and Strong communities.

 United Way’s Community Investment Chair, Tim Weller, said, “The process was especially difficult this year.  The campaign fell $200,000 short of last year’s outcome, which meant we had fewer dollars in the Community Fund to invest in our local programs and services that make such a difference in people’s lives.  Many agencies may struggle to support their clients at the same level as they have previously.  The volunteers did the best they could with the dollars that were available.”

When notified of their funding for 2014-2015 program year, Lori Gall at the New Beginnings, ABI and Stroke Recovery Association stated, “We were prepared for a decrease in funding, knowing the shortfall in the campaign was significant.  We will tighten our belts, and make the very best of the funding from United Way that we can.  Going forward, we will increase our efforts to tell our clients, their families and our networks how important United Way funding is to our organization, in fact all of the agencies in the United Way family, and encourage them to support the 2014 campaign.” 

United Way has exercised due diligence in preparing for fundraising challenges in a difficult economy.  Tony Walsh, United Way’s Board President, commented, “In the past, when we have had successful campaigns, the Board set aside funds to help in a campaign shortfall.  It made sense to draw out funds this year to make up some of the difference between what agencies received in 2013-2014, what they requested for 2014-2015 and what our fundraising campaign had to allocate.  As difficult as this allocation process was, we are very grateful to those donors who continue to believe in the work of United Way.” 

“With combined fundraising and administration costs representing approximately 20% of the overall campaign achievement of $1,850,000, the balance of funds have been ear-marked for United Way programs focused on poverty reduction, youth engagement and community building initiatives within the three focus areas,” said Walsh.  “In addition, these programs include support for the Tilbury Information and HELP Centre, Wallaceburg Information and HELP Centre, Volunteer and Information Chatham-Kent, “The 425” Centre for Community Innovation … and dozens of non-member charities named through United Way’s Donor Choice Program.  A complete breakdown of these costs will be outlined in the organization’s audited financial statements – to be presented at the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 2014 APR 30.” 

Approved agency funding is as follows:


AIDS Support Chatham-Kent                                                         $ 34,350.00

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chatham-Kent                                    $ 92,600.00

New Beginnings, ABI and Stroke Recovery Association            $ 31,350.00

C.N.I.B.                                                                                                            $ 40,000.00

Canadian Hearing Society                                                                       $ 24,350.00

Canadian Mental Health Association                                                 $ 29,350.00

Chatham-Kent Block Parent Program Inc.                                      $ 29,600.00

Chatham-Kent Family Y.M.C.A.                                                          $ 19,350.00

Chatham-Kent Student Nutrition Program                                    $ 29,150.00

Chatham-Kent Children’s Services                                                    $ 37,350.00

Epilepsy Support Centre                                                                       $ 16,000.00

Family Service Kent                                                                                $122,350.00

Learning Disabilities Association                                                      $ 89,350.00

Restorative Justice Chatham-Kent                                                   $ 26,525.00

Sidestreets Youth Drop-In Centre                                                    $ 27,625.00

The Solid Rock Café Youth Centre                                                    $ 39,600.00

VON Chatham-Kent                                                                                $ 64,350.00


For more information contact Tony Walsh, Board President at 519-354-0430/, or Helen Heath, Director, Community Impact at 519-354-0430/