The Power of Women to Change Lives


The Grants Committee of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council has approved its program grants for 2010 – with sincere thanks to the generosity of its members. An amount of $50,000 will be allocated to local community initiatives within the following categories:

$10,000 A.L.L. (Activities, Lessons and Leisure) for Kids Program

$ 5,000 L.E.A.P. (Learning, Earning and Parenting) Homework Club
$ 3,000 L.E.A.P. Bursaries for Year Two Graduates (3 @ $1,000)
$ 3,000 L.E.A.P. Bursaries for Year One Graduates (3 @ $1,000)
$ 5,000 Post-Secondary Educational Assistance for Women

$ 2,500 “Danny Project “ School Snack Bin Program
$ 2,000 Teen Challenge Farm (sponsorship for two local youth)

$ 1,500 Ontario Educational Leadership Centre (bursaries for local youth leadership)
$ 1,500 Muskoka Woods Camp (bursaries for local youth leadership)

$12,000 Supports to make a new start, change direction or move forward

$ 4,500 Emergency Assistance

The United Way Women’s Leadership Council is a philanthropic network of corporate and community leaders using their collective power to create meaningful change in Chatham-Kent. The Council’s focus is on providing a “hand up” to women and children who want to make a change for the better.

From a small group of eight women in September of 2007, the Council now has a membership of 60. A 25% increase in membership has been targeted as part of the fall United Way Campaign.  Linda Ydreos, a Senior Director at Spectra Energy is a member of the Women’s Leadership Council. Linda states, “I support the United Way Women’s Leadership Council because it gives help today and hope for a better tomorrow to those among us who need it the most”. Kathy Biondi, Operations Director, Correctional Services, Ontario is another member of the Council; she says, “I support the United Way Women’s Leadership Council because it gives support when other avenues are closed. The focus is Chatham-Kent women lending a hand to other women and their children.”

For further information about membership in the United Way Women’s Leadership Council or to apply for financial support within each of the above-noted programs, please contact Karen Kirkwood-Whyte, United Way’s Executive Director, at or 519-354-0430.  This is just another of the many ways that the local United Way is fulfilling its mission of “improving
lives and building community in Chatham-Kent”, said Kirkwood-Whyte. “The WLC welcomes new members. The more we grow … the more we change!”

To view the 2010 allocation chart information click here

For a summary narrative of the 2010 grants click here

To view the 2010 approved grant information click here

To view the Post Secondary Bursary Grant overview click here

To download the Post Secondary Bursary Grant Application click here

To view more information about the Women’s Leadership Council click here