Become part of the Giving Tuesday Movement

After Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday comes GIVING TUESDAY!

Giving Tuesday is a growing movement for giving and volunteering around the world, across Canada and in our own community. Just as Black Friday kicks off the holiday shopping season, Giving Tuesday is the opening day of the giving season. This year it falls on Tuesday, December 1.

“Giving Tuesday is a great opportunity for United Way to encourage donations to this year’s United Way campaign,” said Karen Kirkwood-Whyte, CEO.  “40,000 residents in Chatham-Kent count on your contribution to continue receiving support from the over 40 agencies, programs and services we fund.”

You can support United Way of Chatham-Kent by visiting our Giving Tuesday page and making a donation.

Giving Tuesday is an initiative of GIV3 and Canada Helps. More information about this movement can be found at http://givingtuesday.ca/.

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 hits the midway point

United Way of Chatham-Kent’s 2015 Annual Fundraising Campaign has reached the half way point of both the campaign period and the fundraising target.

“Following yesterday’s amazing announcement at Union Gas, we are pleased to share with the community that we have reached $1,059,028,” says Tom Slager, Acting Director of Resource Development.

2015 Volunteer Campaign Co-Chairs, Kelly Bayda and Aimee June are delighted about this achievement.

“We are very excited about the progress of the Campaign! We continue to be optimistic that we will reach our target of $2,015,000. Being at the half way point it is encouraging that our community is right there with us and lifting this year’s Campaign to a higher level,” said Aimee.

Kelly added, “we can’t thank the residents of Chatham-Kent enough for their generosity, however, we still have two months to go and we need to keep the momentum, awareness and spirit in high gear! We have strived to keep our enthusiasm high throughout the campaign from beginning to end. Many workplace campaigns are in full swing and we are looking forward to the days to come. Together, we are possibility.”

The 2015 Campaign will wrap up on January 21, 2016.

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.

Kelly Bayda leads Campaign Cabinet member Emily-Anne Cadotte (R) and United Way staff member Helen Heath (L) in a mid-campaign review and strategy session.

Kelly Bayda leads Campaign Cabinet member Emily-Anne Cadotte (R) and United Way staff member Helen Heath (L) in a mid-campaign review and strategy session.

Women’s Leadership Council invests in children and young mothers

United Way of Chatham-Kent’s Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) presented a grant of $15,500 to A.L.L. for Kids and the Learning, Earning and Parenting (L.E.A.P.) Program yesterday.

The WLC has provided funding to A.L.L. for Kids for the past six years and have helped a total of 303 children attend activities such as Girl Guides, dance or music lessons. “Participation in such activities not only allows children a creative outlet and lets them build social skills through peer-to-peer interaction, but it also can alleviate some financial burden to parents and provide networking opportunities with other parents,” said Janet Raddatz, Program Co-ordinator.

The WLC Grants Committee also approved funding for the Learning, Earning and Parenting Program in the amount of five $500 bursaries for first year post-secondary students and three $1,000 bursaries for second year post-secondary students.  The program, administered through the Municipality’s Employment and Social Services Department, assists young mothers in completing their high school education. Graduates from the program receive a bursary to put towards their own or their child’s post-secondary education. This can include covering the cost of tuition, books or the purchase of a computer.

The Women’s Leadership Council’s mission is to improve the lives of women and children in vulnerable situations. The group, formed in 2007, makes investments throughout Chatham-Kent in the following areas – Cultural Activities, Education, Health & Wellbeing, Leadership Development, and Women in Situational Poverty.

If you have questions about the Women’s Leadership Council or wish to become a member please contact Karen Kirkwood-Whyte at 519-354-0430 or karen@uwock.ca.

Kathryn Biondi, Women’s Leadership Council Grants Committee Member, Janet Raddatz, A.L.L. for Kids Program Co-ordinator, Carrie Avery and April Norris of the Learning, Earning and Parenting (L.E.A.P.) Program.

Kathryn Biondi, Women’s Leadership Council Grants Committee Member, Janet Raddatz, A.L.L. for Kids Program Co-ordinator, Carrie Avery and April Norris of the Learning, Earning and Parenting (L.E.A.P.) Program.

 

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.