United Way Needs You!

Together, we are possibility.  That’s the call to action – across the country – for this year’s United Way campaign.  And it couldn’t be more true – right here in Chatham-Kent.

For many years, our local United Way has been promoting the notion that no one sector of the community can solve society’s challenges on its own.  That’s why we have so strongly advocated that the business, government and voluntary sectors work together when it comes to improving lives and building community.

This year’s campaign target is $2,015,000.  Why?  “Because it’s 2015!”  Current political references aside, that’s the number our community needs to raise in order to maintain the present level of service provided to one-in-three of our Chatham-Kent residents by the over 40 agencies, programs and services supported through donations to United Way.

Our community has a rich tradition of giving back.  Witness the tremendous support of the Chatham-Kent Hospice received last year in surpassing its $5 Million goal.  That number was achieved because of the strong commitment of numerous community volunteers who shared their passion with others.

United Way needs that same passion to be exhibited during this year’s campaign.  Just yesterday – at our Public Report Meeting #2 in Wallaceburg – we announced an achievement of $600,000 towards our goal of $2,015,000.  But that means that we still have a little over $1.4 Million to go before our touchdown in mid-January.

We’re hoping that you’ll want to be part of the successful achievement of this year’s target.  So here’s how you can help …

If you are a local business – large or small – you can invite a United Way recipient into your workplace to tell you how United Way is helping.  We have several members of our 2015 Speakers Bureau who are willing to tell their stories of lives changed – because of United Way’s financial support.  And then you can offer an “easy to administer” employee payroll deduction plan to allow your employees the opportunity to spread their gift over the following year.  We’ll show you how.  It’s as “easy” as the Staples button!  Even $2.00 per week can make a significant difference in someone’s life!

If you are a local government agency, you can do the same – by opening your doors to hear the message and learn more about how partnerships can tackle current needs, as well as future challenges that have been identified.  Those conversations could result in policy changes that will better serve our local residents.

If you are a voluntary sector agency – specifically a member of the United Way family of agencies – you can identify service providers and service recipients who would be willing to share their personal testimonials with others.  We know that behind every changed life is a program co-ordinator or volunteer who gives of his and her time and talent to help others.

And … if you are an individual who wants to help, you can go online to the United Way website at www.uwock.ca and DONATE NOW.  OR … if you didn’t receive one of our “L’il Red” Envelopes in the mail, please call us at 519,354-0430 and we’ll be happy to hand-deliver one to your home as we’re passing by.

Whatever you choose to give – whatever you can afford – please know that your investment will change lives!  Just ask Patricia … or Steve … or Jason  … and the 40,000 other friends and neighbours who rely on our local United Way each and every year!

Together, we are possibility.  Please join us!

Karen Kirkwood-Whyte
CEO
United Way of Chatham-Kent

Wallaceburg Public Report Night

Last night the Wallaceburg Information and HELP Centre hosted a Public Report Night Campaign Update at Gatsby’s Grill House.

2015 Campaign Co-Chairs, Kelly Bayda and Aimee June, gave some opening remarks then accepted various campaign contributions.

Among those presenting were Bill Pollock, President of UAW 251, on behalf of UAW 251 and UAW Region 1 the proceeds for the UAW United Way Open along with Karen Armitage, Dusty Nogueira and Carolyn Nogueira presenting on behalf of the Sydenham Challenge Dragon Boat Festival.

“We still have a little over $1.4 Million to go before our touchdown in mid-January, which means there is still a lot of work ahead of us but we are excited to see the amount raised to date continue to grow as workplace campaigns begin to report their achievements. Next week the Union Gas campaign will wrap up,” said Aimee.

“Other workplace campaigns are just beginning,” added Kelly “Plus ‘L’il Red’ envelopes have been arriving at the office daily with return contributions and we have quite a few special events coming up including A Christmas Fayre, a play in Bothwell, Starlight Film Festival for youth, and the Wallaceburg Chili Cook-Off. There is a lot going on and a lot of people working behind the scenes to help us reach our goal.”

The next Public Report Night will be held in Blenheim on Thursday, December 10, 2015.

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.

Early returns from Dana Employees exceed expectations

United Way officials today salute the efforts of local Dana Canada employees for their “over the top … and still counting” results from their United Way Campaign.

“We set a goal of $10,000.  After a lunchtime presentation to our largest group of employees we were sitting at 76% of our goal! We then had a dinner meeting with a much smaller shift of employees and their contribution put us over-the-top reaching a one day employee total of $13,664. We still have lots of opportunity for payroll deduction and special events yet to come!” said Tracey Arnold, Human Resources Manager at Dana Canada and member of the 2015 United Way Campaign Cabinet.

In addition, Dana is matching full-time employee donations dollar-for-dollar. This brings their gift to $26,693 and counting. This is already a 33% increase over their 2014 campaign total.

The 2015 United Way Campaign has achieved $506,195 of its $2,015,000 goal to date. Funds are allocated to support over 40 health and social agencies, programs and services throughout Chatham-Kent.

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.

Dana Employees

Terri Lynn Carron and Rodney Mondo, employees at Dana.

 

 

 

Photo Caption: Terri Lynn Carron and Rodney Mondo, employees at Dana.

First Public Report Night Campaign Update

At the annual Tilbury Steak BBQ Friday night, 2015 Campaign Co-Chairs Kelly Bayda and Aimee June gave an update on the progress of United Way of Chatham-Kent’s fundraising campaign.

“Volunteers have been working hard making contacts in our community, asking current, past and first time contributors for their support” said Kelly Bayda. “At this point we have raised $478,602 of our $2,015,000 goal.”

“Many of the large workplace campaigns are just beginning. ‘L’il Red’s’ will be arriving in mailboxes this week. Kelly and I are confident that with the help of our great team of volunteers, we will be able to reach our goal” said Aimee June.

The next Public Report Night will be held in Wallaceburg on November 12, 2015.

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.

“L’il Red” Envelopes coming to a mailbox near you

Our 2015 Fundraising Campaign is in full swing and once again, “L’il Red” contribution envelopes will be appearing in mailboxes across Chatham-Kent.

While the envelopes have a new, updated look this year, their purpose remains the same. “We are encouraging recipients to open the mailer and learn more about how United Way’s investments move people from poverty to possibility, build healthy people and strong communities and give kids the opportunity to be all that they can be.” said Kelly Bayda and Aimee June, 2015 Campaign Co-Chairs.

As we continue on our mission in 2015 “to improve lives and build community in Chatham-Kent”, we are asking that the citizens of Chatham-Kent consider supporting us once again.

If you do not receive your “L’il Red” please call our office at 519-354-0430. You can also make a confidential, secure donation online.

Want to get involved with the 2015 campaign? Contact Kelly Bayda at kelly.bayda@bell.net 519-350-7728 or Aimee June at aimee.june@bell.net 519-354-7688.

L'il Red