Touchdown details – and one final campaign appeal

Larry Ouldes, Office Manager for Dillon Consulting Ltd.; Bruce McAllister, also with Dillon and the 2013 Chatham Region Campaign Co-Chair; Helen Heath, United Way Chatham-Kent, Director, Community Impact.

Cecily Coppola and William Grin would like to celebrate the fantastic achievement of the 2013 United Way Fundraising Campaign and thank all of the generous donors and supporters. However, “It is apparent we will not achieve the targeted $2,200,000 we set as our goal in August. Next month our volunteer Cabinet team will meet to determine the ‘go forward’ process for 2014. One campaign ends and another will begin almost immediately.”

erous hosting provided by Boston Pizza in Chatham. We will meet and invite volunteers and supporters to come out and celebrate this result as well as all of the hard work carried out by everyone involved. Please join with us between 2:00 and 4:00 PM, and at 3:00 PM the total 2013 United Way Campaign achievement will be announced!


It has been this way for over 60 years; United Way staff and volunteers working around the calendar so that the 25 funded agencies, programs and services can receive as many of the dollars they need, as is possible. From Thamesville to Tilbury, and Wheatley to Wallaceburg, lives will be positively impacted by the work of these organizations. So many people will be helped, and for this we are truly grateful to our many donors and supporters.
Our Campaign Touchdown event is going to take place on Friday, January 24, with many thanks to the gen

William is also Chair of the Leaders of the Way Program. “Year after year our major donors have helped set the pace for the fundraising campaign. We are not finished counting pledges until Friday morning. There is still time for our Leaders of the Way – and for all donors wishing to help us close the fundraising gap – to help do that. Our on-line giving site is confidential and secure, and will be the final opportunity this year for donors to contribute to the United Way of Chatham-Kent. Volunteers are already busy speaking with the funded agencies, and working to determine their allocations for 2014. The more dollars we have, the more we can share. That’s just how simple it is.”

2013 Campaign Goal $2,200,000
Achieved to Date $1,700,000

Breaking Barriers


Prosperity Roundtable of Chatham-Kent

Thursday, 2014 JAN 09


Breaking Barriers Call for Submissions & Studio Sessions

The second annual Breaking Barriers Through Art; Call for Submissions is officially out! The goal of Breaking Barriers is to create a greater understanding of lived experiences. The exhibition facilitates creative expression that empowers, builds awareness, and facilitates partnerships and collaborations within our community. This year the community partners helping to make this event happen are Family Service Kent and The Cultural Centre. Remember to save the date for the Opening Public Reception Saturday March 15th, 2014 6-9PM.

Join us for our studio sessions in February. These five unique sessions are designed to provide the opportunity for new, emerging and experienced Artists to connect with each other and art spaces in Chatham-Kent. The sessions also provide the opportunity to create art for individuals who may not have access to art resources and/or may be new to artistic exper


The Cultural Centre 75 William Street North. Registration is open to ALL Chatham Kent community members. Space is limited and registration is based on providing opportunities for as many individuals as possible. A list of available dates and times are as follows:

Studio Session            Tuesday                      2014 FEB 04 1-4PM

Studio Session            Wednesday                 2014 FEB 05 1-4PM

Studio Session            Tuesday                      2014 FEB 18 6-9PM

Studio Session            Wednesday                 2014 FEB 19 6-9PM

Studio Session            Friday                          2014 FEB 21 6-9PM 

Registration is required for each session.

For more info contact  519-354-0430 ext 213

To REGISTER contact Polly Smith or

Irene MacCreadie  519-354-8346 ext.46

NOTE: If transportation is a barrier to attending this event use contacts to arrange transportation (1 week notice requested).

Join the conversation at



We can’t do this without you

Emily Robert (UWOCK’s Blenheim Campaign Chair) receives an employee and company pledge from Louis Douramakos (VP of Operations – Mallory Industries, A division of Hopkins Mfg.).

Florin Marksteiner is a Board Member with United Way of Chatham-Kent and the Chair for the Thamesville campaign.  “At this morning’s Cabinet meeting we celebrated the dollars raised so far; we want to sincerely thank all of our generous 2013 donors. n

This is the final opportunity for donors, workplaces and organizations all across Chatham-Kent to support the 2013 fundraising campaign; however, volunteers with the campaign noted that time is ticking 

closer to January 24 – Campaign Touchdown – and we can’t do this without your help! We are respectfully requesting our previous donors to step forward and help us once more.

 There is still time for your donation to make an important differe

nce, and all of us have a major role to play in the survival of United Way funded programs. Unfortunately, our economy is still recovering and some donors now find themselves using one of more of the supported programs.  To ensure that these much-needed services are there to help our neighbours, we also need new donors to invest with us, in supporting the well-being of our community. Together, we all can have

 a tremendous impact in Chatham-Kent. 

 Please, visit a UWOCK office, donate on-line at or call the UWOCK office to arrange an individual donation or a workplace employee campaign.

 It is not too late. Our neighbours need our help and the United Way family is working hard to make that happen. We simply can’t do this without your generous donations. Once again, please, help us reach our fundraising goal, because together, we CAN make a difference”.


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Touchdown January 24, 2014

2013 Campaign Goal        $2,200,000

Achieved to Date             $1,700,000


For more information on this year’s annual campaign and related special events please visit or contact William Grin (519) 352-9555, Cecily Coppola or Florin Marksteiner


Campaign Briefs December 16- 20

Freezin for a Reason

Freezin for a Reason was held on 2013 DEC 13 at Terrace Beach. The eight participants who took the plunge, running into the icy cold waters of Lake Erie, raised $4605.95 .This is the first time this event has been held in the Ridgetown area. 

Due to safety reasons regarding thick ice and the dangers therein, the second year event for Wallaceburg was postponed until the New Year.  A future date and time will be advised.

Ridgetown Freezin for a Reason. Photo courtesy of the Ridgetown Independent News.


Starlight Film Festival

The first annual Starlight Film Festival took place on 2013 DEC 06. This event invited local high school students to the Chatham Galaxy Cinema for an all night movie marathon. Proceeds from the event totaled $3,620. 

From left to right in the photo attached are: Tim Callaghan, General Manager – Cineplex Entertainment, Galaxy Cinemas Chatham; Cecily Coppola, 2013 United Way Chatham-Kent Campaign Co-Chair; Emily Millson, Co-op student with UWOCK from UCC (The Pines).


GreenField Ethanol

Yesterday GreenField Ethanol presented another cheque to Chatham Co-Chair Lisa McAllister. Katie Amato, Human Resources & Administration Manager for GreenField Specialty Alcohols Inc. will announce their final total before the Campaign Touchdown. Today’s cheque represented employee pledges using payroll deduction, a corporate donation, and special event dollars raised at the workplace. 

The campaign total is currently $1,432,000.

Donors can please contact one of our UWOCK offices, their own workplace campaign coordinator, or donate online now to help us reach our $2,200,000 goal. 

Touchdown is 2014 JAN 24 however, donations for a 2013 tax receipt need to be received on or before 2013 DEC 31.