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Guides to Self-Isolation and Resources to Help You Through It

As COVID-19 cases rise, you may be wondering what it’s like to be tested for COVID-19, and if you’re asked to self-isolate. There are a number of resources provided by the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit and other levels of government to help you prepare if you, a friend, or family member ever has to be… Read more »

Local Youth Centres Collaborating to Keep Connections Strong

There aren’t many places for youth to connect these days, particularly during the colder months. While youth centres in Blenheim, Tilbury, and Dresden have been closed for the past year, staff have come up with virtual programs so that connections with youth are maintained. Emily Robert, Executive Director of the Blenheim Youth Centre, says that… Read more »

The Most Important Meal of The Day

Chatham-Kent is home to many active service clubs doing amazing things out in the community. Their deep-rooted history within our communities can be seen on plaques, parks, and buildings to commemorate their commitment to improving the community. Some service organizations are known for their fundraisers, while others have a legacy of community change makers. Clubs… Read more »

Small towns have big heart.

A group of volunteers are gathered around a kitchen counter prepping food.

It has been said that small towns have big heart. If you look closely, you will see how helpful neighbours, local change makers and everyday people are coming together to make sure no one is left behind. One small town doing just that is Dresden where a caring collective of volunteers can be found twice… Read more »

Peer to Peer Table receive COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund

  There is a phrase that is said often around the United Way of Chatham-Kent office — “Nothing About Us, Without Us.” The phrase has become a mantra for the UWOCK team which reminds them that leadership does not come from dictating, but rather by standing shoulder-to-shoulder with frontline social service providers and listening to… Read more »

Rebuilding Wheels Application Now Open

We’ve all been in a situation where we need to get somewhere but don’t have a ride. This is the reality for many people living in Chatham-Kent – relying on public transit, rides from friends and family members, and using taxis or ride sharing apps. Rebuilding Wheels Rebuilding Lives (RWRL) is a program that provides… Read more »

Helping Problematic Substance Use in a time of COVID

In June 2020, Ontario’s Chief Coroner announced a 25% increase in suspected drug-related deaths between March to May 2020 compared to 2019*. This statistic may sound alarming, but local frontline social service providers saw this as a possible problem in Chatham-Kent and alerted the Mental Health and Problematic Substance Use Social Planning & Action Table… Read more »

Applications Open for COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund

Applications Open for COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund Charities, Non-Profits, and Community Groups Invited to Apply for Emergency Support Funding Together with government, local businesses, foundations, trusts, and philanthropists, the United Way of Chatham-Kent is accepting applications from registered charities, non-profits, and community groups that directly assist with human and social services needs as part of… Read more »

New Year. New United Way.

After responding to the sudden and significant changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic last year, the United Way of Chatham-Kent is reinventing itself by turning outward, by courageously building deep relationships that empower all those willing to join us on behalf of those who need us most.   As a result of facilitating weekly… Read more »