Desperate Need for Winter Coats

Operation Cover-Up is in desperate need of coats of all sizes. Please take a look in your closet to see if you can help!

2015 Operation Cover-Up Poster

Operation Cover-Up


2015 Large Poster

For the 29th year, Operation Cover-Up – a Good Neighbours Program– will be keeping citizens of Chatham-Kent warm this winter.

The collection period began at the end of September and will continue throughout the winter. This year United Way is asking the community to take their clean, gently used coats to their local Salvation Army Thrift Stores in Blenheim, Chatham, Ridgetown, and Wallaceburg. In Dresden coats can be dropped off at McBrayne Feed and Supply Ltd., in Thamesville at Vivian Cleaners, and in Tilbury at the Information and HELP Centre.

This year the distribution period will run from Tuesday, October 13, 2015 to Saturday, November 21, 2015 at the Salvation Army locations in Blenheim, Chatham, Ridgetown, and Wallaceburg as well as the Tilbury Information and HELP Centre.

The program is run in partnership with The Salvation Army and is supported by the Prosperity Roundtable and Chatham-Kent Police Service.

In 2014, approximately 1,017 coats were distributed across Chatham-Kent.

Annual Campaign Goal Announced

2015 Campaign Co-Chairs Kelly Bayda and Aimee June announced a fundraising goal of $2,015,000 at the annual campaign kick-off held today at the Civic Centre in downtown Chatham.

“Our target is an ambitious but – we believe – achievable increase over last year’s $1.9 million.” said Kelly.

The gathering downtown included the presentation of pacesetter gifts from the United Way Staff, United Way Board, Campaign Cabinet, Funded Agencies and other corporations, businesses, employee groups and individuals. Read the rest of this entry »

And the 10th Annual Chatham-Kent Amazing Race Winner is…

Team #4 “The KGB Reunion Tour” Scott Thompson and Dean Patterson

Team #4 “The KGB Reunion Tour”
Scott Thompson and Dean Patterson

Team #4 “The KGB Reunion Tour” consisting of Scott Thompson and Dean Patterson!  In a nail biting finish all-stars Scott and Dean triumphed over 12 other teams to claim first prize – a travel voucher from Vellinga’s Travel and Cruise Holidays, kite surfing lessons in Erieau with Surf Culture Canada and a premium car rental provided by Blenheim Chrysler. Read the rest of this entry »

Bushels of Hope – Reaching out to the Agricultural Community

As part of the restructured Bushels of Hope Program, volunteer committee members have decided to reach out to the agricultural community earlier than ever this year.

“Traditionally – as part of the annual fall United Way Campaign – we have mailed a ‘L’il Green’ envelope following the fall harvest. This year we have identified the need to connect with farmers earlier”, said Lynn Girty, a United Way Board Member and active participant on the Bushels of Hope Committee.  “We believe that there are two realistic opportunities to approach our friends and colleagues in the agricultural sector – early summer and late fall – with a special request to contribute to our local United Way.  We trust that this timing will result in strong support for the numerous agencies, programs and services funded by United Way throughout Chatham-Kent.” Read the rest of this entry »