United Way of Chatham Kent is celebrating 75 Years of a Caring Community – a milestone we’ve reached thanks to you!

Established in 1948, United Way began their presence in CK with the collaborative efforts of passionate volunteers, Labour Council and Union Gas (Enbridge). $50,000 was raised for the first campaign to benefit six local community groups. We are proud to say that though much has changed since that first campaign year, we remain close partners with Enbridge and Labour — and of course, our dedicated volunteers.

In honour of our 75th anniversary, we’ll spend this year focusing on our Caring Community and the appreciation we feel for CK. We’re also planning some special events and memorable moments, including a free family-oriented community event in late summer. Stay tuned for details!

We’ve come a long way since 1948 and while our work is focused on what Chatham-Kent needs today, it’s fun to look back on where we’ve been. Check back here and on our social media feeds for a Flashback Friday post every week — you never know who you might recognize in the photos!

For our first Flashback Friday, a news item about a different kind of anniversary — the first anniversary of L’il Red’s debut. Look at those eyes.

L’il Red celebrates the anniversary of its debut for UWOCK. Chatham Daily News, 1987