United Way raises $1,852,699 to invest in CK

Community members gathered this evening as United Way revealed the final annual fundraising total of $1,852,699 for Chatham-Kent.

Kelly Bayda and Aimee June, 2015 Campaign Co-Chairs, are thankful to all those who have supported the campaign.

“There are so many individuals to thank for agreeing to support us in this campaign, it would be impossible to list everyone by name. We would like to thank the members of our campaign cabinet who devoted their time to calling on past donors and generating new leads. A special thank you to Steve Baker and Wes Thompson for each hosting a ‘Seeing is Believing’ luncheon to share the stories of those whose lives have been improved by United Way. ‘Seeing’ is absolutely critical for those individuals who are considering a gift to United Way and these luncheons resulted in new employee campaigns and gifts from new donors,” said Aimee.

Kelly added “we would also like to thank corporate and community leaders who established in-house employee campaign committees, invited United Way speakers in to tell their stories and – in several cases – matched employee dollars. To all the individual donors across Chatham-Kent – thank you. Please know that your contribution, large or small, is making a difference in someone’s life.”

“As this whirlwind of a campaign comes to a close it is our hope that this year’s successes can be built upon as United Way works towards their five-year target of $2.5 million.” 

For more information about the 2015 Annual Campaign please contact Tom Slager, Director of Resource Development at 519-354-0430 or tom@uwock.ca.

Campaign heads into its final weeks

Volunteers for the 2015 fundraising campaign continue to work tirelessly towards achieving our goal of $2,015,000. With generous contributions from businesses, organizations, and individual donors across Chatham-Kent, $1,727,040 has been raised to date.

“In our last plea to the community we asked for 783 new Everyday Heroes to help us close the gap to reach our goal. Since that time, we have had 68 new Everyday Heroes step forward. We are grateful for their support and are asking for others to follow their lead,” said 2015 Campaign Co-Chair, Kelly Bayda.

Although this campaign update is reported here in dollars, the heart of the campaign really centres on the resulting human impact in our community.

“Not reaching our goal will result in decreased funding for the over 40 agencies, programs, and services supported by United Way. This could mean the over 40,000 people across Chatham-Kent who receive help from these agencies may have to go without. Please help us ensure our community’s social safety net stays intact and these agencies can continue to do all the wonderful work they do, helping those in need of a hand up,” added Kelly’s Co-Chair, Aimee June.

Donations can be made online at www.uwock.ca or by contacting one of the three office locations in Chatham, Tilbury or Wallaceburg.

The campaign closes on January 21, 2016 with an achievement celebration at Rossini’s restaurant beginning at 5:00 p.m.

If you want to get involved with the 2015 campaign please contact Kelly Bayda at kelly.bayda@bell.net 519-350-7728 or Aimee June at aimee.june@bell.net 519-354-7688.


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Annual Campaign Projected to Fall Short of Goal


2015 Campaign Co-Chairs, Aimee June and Kelly Bayda (centre) are flanked by Service Recipients, Campaign Cabinet Members, and Agency Representatives as they announce a projected campaign shortfall.

2015 Campaign Co-Chairs, Kelly Bayda and Aimee June, held an emergency media conference today where they announced that the campaign is projected to fall approximately $200,000 short of the $2,015,000 goal.

“Your community needs you. We are asking everyone in CK to step forward in a very big way. We need 783 new ‘Everyday Heroes’ – donors giving a minimum of $365 or $1 a day – to achieve our target. This could be your business, you as an individual or you with your friends coming together to give this gift. Many of us in this community are very fortunate in our lives and we are asking you to help others in need,” said Kelly.

“We are not giving up. We can’t give up. There are 40,000 people in Chatham-Kent relying on us, relying on you. These people could be your family, friends, neighbours, or co-workers,” added Aimee.

Among those 40,000 people helped by a United Way funded agency, program, or service:

  • 6,116 kids ate breakfast who would have otherwise gone hungry
  • (Chatham-Kent Breakfast Program)
  • 3,169 people received professional counselling services – on a geared to income basis- to help them deal with trauma (Family Service Kent)
  • 208 people were able to reclaim some of their independence after suffering a brain injury or stroke (New Beginnings Club House)
  • 684 kids and teens received grief and illness counselling at no cost, giving the children a safe place to work through trauma and loss (VON Kids Circle Program)

Donations to the campaign can be made online at www.uwock.ca, over the phone or in person at any of the three office locations. Those wishing to receive a 2015 income tax receipt are encouraged to submit their gift on or before December 31st.

If you want to get involved with the 2015 campaign please contact Kelly Bayda at kelly.bayda@bell.net 519-350-7728 or Aimee June at aimee.june@bell.net 519-354-7688.