LAST CALL!! Only 3 days left for the LCBO  Point of Sale Promotion! A big THANK YOU to all of the LCBO employees who have spread awareness about the agencies, programs and services supported by your local United Way. Pictured from L to R:  Jane Bannon, Ridgetown Store Manager; Lori Parker, Rodney Store Manager and District 4 United Way Chairperson; Steve Oakes, St. Catharines Store Manager and Region 4 United Way representative; and Richard Watterson, District Manager for LCBO District 4.


United Way officials today announced receipt of an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant in the amount of $378,300 –over five years – to establish a new Chatham-Kent Nonprofit Network. Funds will be used to hire a Project Co-Ordinator to bring public attention to the value of the nonprofit sector in Chatham-Kent and to enhance its capacity to improve lives and build community. In addition, the project will document the local nonprofit sector’s contribution to economic well-being in ways that are not currently recognized and bring recognition to the efforts of the sector in proactively responding to emerging issues.

In November of 2013, the Ontario Nonprofit Network invited United Way to host a Regional Meeting – during which a number of nonprofit attendees expressed interest in establishing a similar organization at the local level. A small steering committee was subsequently formed and a grant application was submitted to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for the March 1st 2014 deadline.

“We are delighted that the Ontario Trillium Foundation has acknowledged the importance of this initiative and desires to invest in this community building project. This funding will allow us to give voice to the hundreds of nonprofit organizations who strive – daily – to improve the quality of life of Chatham-Kent residents. In the early days of the project, we will identify the number of nonprofit organizations in Chatham-Kent and begin to document data needs and other resources required to inform their work and strengthen their capacity to serve.” – Karen Kirkwood-Whyte, CEO, United Way Chatham Kent.

“Ontario’s 59,000 nonprofit organizations are at the heart of thriving communities. The sector makes over $50 billion in economic impact across the province. The community nonprofit sector (not including municipalities, universities, schools and hospitals) employs 600,000 workers and represents 2.6% of Ontario’s GDP. The impact of nonprofits and charities on the lives of Ontarians and their interconnectedness with government and business activity means that it is in the interest of all Ontarians to have a healthy, efficient, and sustainable nonprofit sector.”- Ontario Nonprofit Network.

“As organizations in the nonprofit sector, we know that working together increases our collective impact. The development of a local nonprofit network will provide an environment in which that capacity for collaboration can be optimized for the benefit of all.” – Brad Davis, Executive Director of Family Service Kent and a member of the steering committee.

United Way of Chatham-Kent is a registered Canadian charitable organization that works to maximize volunteer, financial, program and agency resources to respond to the increasingly complex issues and needs that exist and are emerging in Chatham-Kent.

A leading grantmaker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities.

To learn more about United Way Chatham–Kent please visit: 

To learn more about the Ontario Trillium Foundation please visit

For more information about this exciting initiative, please contact Karen Kirkwood-Whyte, CEO, United Way of
Chatham-Kent at 519-354-0430.

Summer Spotlight: Asia Aoki

United Way of Chatham-Kent is pleased to welcome Asia Aoki to our Staff Team as a summer co-op student from Ursuline College, The Pines.   Asia came to United Way to enhance her passion for marketing and communication – specifically photography.  She is active in her school choir, student council and student musicals and has performed in the Sears Drama Festival.  In addition, she volunteers at Muskoka Woods Camp and works at the Portuguese Club, tutoring and volunteering.  Stay tuned as United Way releases the materials produced by Asia during her summer placement with us.  As United Way strives to improve lives and build community, we celebrate the contributions made by our local youth!  Thank you, Asia, for sharing your time and talents with United Way.