Campaign Heading Into Second Half

Volunteers across Chatham-Kent met today with United Way staff to determine the “state of the campaign”.  Since the Kick-Off on Thursday September 12, 2013 individuals and organizations have pledged and donated $1,202,448 about 50% of the goal. 

Ashley Church is a Campaign Representative sponsored by Union Gas to help with the campaign until mid- December.  “I am excited to be a part of the United Way team and very thankful to Union Gas for this opportunity. Our community is very generous and the Cabinet team is totally committed to raising the additional one million dollars we need.  The money raised in Chatham-Kent stays in Chatham-Kent and that is the number one reason many donors choose to give. 

Donors have so many ways they can help.  Payroll deduction in workplace campaigns make it easy to give generously.  United Way volunteers are also organizing a number of special events and it would be great to have those events well attended.  We are also selling 50/50 raffle tickets.  If they are all sold another $25,000 will be added to the Community Fund.  

One of the easiest ways to help is to donate on-line.  The site is secure and private and the donation will generate an instant tax receipt. Whatever way you choose to help, we need to work together to reach our objective. Together we can continue to ‘help people’. And that’s really what it is all about. I would like to encourage all residents to go a bit out of their comfort zones to raise dollars for this campaign.  

As owner of Ashley Church Photography, I spent Saturday with families taking fall pictures. It was important for me to go above and beyond for United Way – just as I am asking all of you to do.  I am proud to donate 100% of the proceeds ($1,000) to United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council.  Giving back is incredibility important to me as I have seen first-hand the need by our agencies and the amazing work they do.  Now, it’s your turn to help.”


Touchdown January 24, 2014

          2013 Campaign Goal        $2,200,000

          Achieved to Date             $1,202,448

Thank you to RBC!

On Friday, 2013 NOV 22 RBC Financial Group presented their corporate gift to United Way of $7,000.  Pictured from left to right are Christopher June, Branch Manager at Keil Drive RBC, Julia Lozon, Hearing Care Councellor with the Canadian Hearing Society – one of United Way’s Funded Agencies, Bruce McAllister, 2013 Chatham Campaign Co-Chair and Judy Serruys, Branch Manager at King Street RBC.  Sincere thanks for the ongoing support.

Campaign Total Tops $1,100,000

Campaign volunteers were thrilled with the amazing announcement from Union Gas this week.  Their record contribution of $608,963 helped the organization reach a milestone with half the goal obtained before the half way mark has been reached in the campaign. 

“There are many workplace campaigns running across Chatham-Kent and we are blessed to have their support” said Cecily Coppola, 2013 Chatham-Kent Campaign Co-Chair (with William Grin).  “Donations this year will help fund our 25 programs, services and agencies through the Community Fund, additional not-for-profit agencies through Donor Choice, and hundreds of local people who will be assisted by our Women’s Leadership Council.  

When all is said and done our goal is simply about helping people.  To do that going forward, we need Chatham-Kent donors from everywhere to join with the Union Gas donors and help us once more in 2013. With generous support from those in a position to donate we can keep on “helping people” all through 2014.” 

2013 Campaign Goal        $2,200,000

Achieved to Date             $1,105,067

Touchdown January 24, 2014

Campaign Total Tops $500,000

At the Volunteer Cabinet Meeting on Thursday, November 7, representatives from across Chatham-Kent reported the campaign has surpassed $500,000 pledged and confirmed. 

Campaign Co-Chair William Grin congratulated the Cabinet and expressed his gratitude to the community.  “We are at the point in our campaign where we wish to pause and say thank you to all our early donors.  This is also the time to encourage everyone to consider the United Way campaign and their support.  United Way’s campaign supports the Community Fund’s 25 agencies, programs and services. One in three people across all of Chatham-Kent are helped as a result of this campaign. Our goal is to raise the dollars they need to continue their good work”.


Seeing Is Believing – next tour is December 11, 2013

Recently a number of workplace employees boarded a bus for a tour of some of the funded agencies.  Several trips have taken place this year and another is planned for Wednesday, December 11, 2013.  “We welcome everyone to participate in this tour” says Grin. “When you visit the agencies in person you see for yourself the tremendous good work being done”.  The tour leaves at 8:30 a.m. Individuals and workplace teams interested in being on the bus for the Seeing Is Believing tour can contact UWCK to make arrangements. Helen Heath is (519) 354-0430 or


2013 Campaign Goal        $2,200,000

Achieved to Date             $   504,019

Touchdown January 24, 2014


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 David Drouillard (519) 354-0430.