From Poverty to Possibility

This area focuses on:

Food Security

Housing Stability

Employment and Financial Literacy

When people face tough times, or longer-term poverty, they lack access to necessities of life such as food, shelter, clothing, employment, and education. Many of our communities’ most vulnerable are families and individuals who simply can’t make ends meet. United Way is working with community partners to address the roots of economic challenges, and to break the cycle of poverty for future generations, while supporting fellow community members who need help now.

Partner Programs:

Student Nutrition Program

Aims to ensure that all children have access to healthy, nutritious food every school day, regardless of socioeconomic background or situation.

Contact: 519-352-7270

Direct Services:


The Tilbury Information and HELP Centre’s Food Bank distributes food to individuals and families who have difficulty purchasing enough food to avoid hunger as a result of job loss, illness, or other increasing costs.

Contact: 519-682-2268

Healthy People, Strong Communities

This area focuses on:

Connection to Supports

Neighbourhood Development and Engagement

Community Mental Health and Wellbeing

Our families and neighbourhoods are two of the most basic units of our lives. Strong communities are characterized by resilience, low incidence of violence, high economic security, connection with neighbours, and high involvement with community affairs. We are working together to ensure individuals, families, and neighbours have the resources to care for one another and solve local problems.

Partner Programs:

Adjustment to Vision Loss CNIB

Ensures that individuals who are blind or partially sighted have the Vision Rehabilitation Services, resource information, advocacy and emotional support necessary to adjust to their vision loss and engage in appropriate CNIB and community programs.

Contact: 1-800-563-2642

Chatham-Kent Women’s Centre Shelter Services

Provides emergency residential shelter and transitional housing for every woman and her children who require it in Chatham-Kent.

Contact: Karen Hunter – 519-351-9144 ext. 232

Counselling Services - Family Service Kent 

Provides affordable, professional counselling services for children, youth and adults, where an emotional, relationship or family difficulty is compromising healthy functioning and quality of life.

Contact:  519-354-6221

Education Outreach

Epilepsy Southwestern Ontario Provides seizure education and first-aid training to individuals with epilepsy and seizure disorders, their families, and their community support networks.

Contact: 519-365-5131

Exercise Program
New Beginnings, ABI & Stroke Recovery Association

Members participate in a structured exercise program where they can measure and provide proof of their enhancements. They work one-on-one and in group activities with all participants in order to help them regain independence in their daily lives.

Contact: 519-351-0297

Hearing Care Counselling
Canadian Hearing Society

Provides communication and hearing support services to individuals with an acquired hearing loss, to enable them to carry out daily living activities independently and with reduced communication difficulties.

Contact: 1-844-253-7241

Direct Services:

Chatham-Kent Nonprofit Network

Engages with and advocates for nonprofit organizations that work for the public benefit in Chatham-Kent.

Contact: 519-354-0430

Community Outreach
Chatham-Kent Block Parent Program, Inc.

A range of prevention based collaborations to increase community’s well-being in regards to safety awareness and injury prevention.

Contact: 519-354-0430

Information and Referral

Information and Referral helps people find resources and supports and to make informed choices when dealing with health and social issues in their lives. Information Chatham-Kent is also the data provider for Ontario 211 for our community.

Contact: 519-354-0430

Labour Programs and Services

Labour Community Advocacy Program is offered on an annual basis to Union members who provide social service information to their members in the workplace. Each advocate is trained as a resource for Union members and the Union itself.

Contact: 519-628-5456

Registrar and Volunteer Engagement
Chatham-Kent Block Parent Program, Inc.

Provides police-screened volunteers of easily-recognizable homes and businesses the opportunity to provide immediate assistance to those in distress.

Contact: 519-354-0430

"The 425" Centre for Community Innovation

A resource centre that houses United Way and up to eight nonprofit and local government partners. All revenue is reinvested in community building initiatives.

Contact: 519-354-0430

Volunteer Chatham-Kent

Matches people with identified talents and skills with non-profit organizations to help them achieve their vital missions. Potential volunteers are interviewed and screened according to the “ten safe steps” and then placed with the appropriate agency/organization.

Contact: 519-354-0430

Women’s Leadership Council

Provides grants and other supports to improve the lives of women and their families in vulnerable situations.

Contact: 519-354-0430

All That Kids Can Be

This area focuses on:

Success in School

Community Engagement and Leadership Development

Emotional and Physical Wellbeing

As the future of our community, and active citizens today, children and youth need to live and grow in a supportive, inclusive, and nurturing environment. It is important that they have the resources and opportunities to grow socially and emotionally, and feel included in our community. Investing now makes lasting and positive change in the lives of children and youth.

Partner Programs:

Autism Transitional Classroom
Chatham-Kent Children Services

Aims to help educators teach children with Autism Spectrum disorders by providing temporary, but very intensive supports to adapt and apply the special education strategies in the least intrusive environment possible.

Contact: 519-352-0440

Beyond the Bell
YMCAs across Southwestern Ontario

The academic-based program helps to close the achievement gap experienced by low-income children, compared to their middle-class classmates.

Contact: 519-360-9622

Drop In Program
Dresden Sidestreets Youth Centre

A place where youth, aged 7 to 18, can go to feel wanted, encouraged, motivated, and be involved and productive members of their community.

Contact: 519-683-2153

Drop In Program
The Solid Rock Café Youth Centre

Designed to involve youth in productive activities and interactions that build self-esteem and positive outcomes. Nightly activities minimize the risks of youth getting into trouble or causing havoc as a result of idle hands.

Contact: 519-682-0625

Go Girls/Game ON
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chatham-Kent

Group programs, generally delivered in schools for girls and boys ages 9-14, which focus on teaching the importance of healthy bodies/healthy minds.

Contact: 519-351-1582

Healthy Youth Relationship Program
Chatham-Kent Women’s Centre, Inc.

Provides teens 14-18 with information and peer support to distinguish the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships and develop communication and coping strategies and how to access supports.

Contact: 519-351-9144

Kids Circle
Erie St.Clair VON

Provides support for children and teens, in one-on-one and group settings, who are experiencing a life-threatening illness themselves or that of a loved one, as well as other experiences of bereavement.

Contact: 519-352-4462

Positive Strides
Restorative Justice Chatham-Kent 

An intervention/education program for either youth in the Pre-Charge Diversion (Conferencing) Program or at-risk youth.

Contact: 519-380-0931

Preventative Education CMHA Lambton-Kent

Aims to empower youth in Chatham-Kent to develop and maintain good mental health and advocate for and foster a community free from violence and discrimination due to mental illness.

Contact: 519-436-6100

Social Skills
Learning Disabilities

Association of Chatham-Kent Teaches elementary aged children, who deal with impulsivity, distractibility, inattention and the inability to read and interpret social cues, how to manage situations in their everyday lives through games, role playing and modeling behavior.

Contact: 519-352-2024

Learning Disabilities

Association of Chatham-Kent Provides one-on-one assistance to struggling students.

Contact: 519-352-2024

Direct Services:

Operation BackPacks

This Good Neighbours program provides backpacks filled with grade appropriate school supplies for families and children in need.

Contact: 519-354-0430

Youth Committee

Assists members to acquire leadership skills and make valuable connections in the community. By providing meaningful and engaging volunteer opportunities youth are able to obtain their 40 hours of volunteer service required to graduate.

Contact: Michelle Robbins – 519-354-0430

Chatham-Kent Block Parent Program

Seeks to address the need of children in our schools and community to be protected from predators, luring, bullying, exploitation and general distresses.
Chatham-Kent Block Parent Program Inc.

Contact: Ruth Bossence – 519-354-0430 ext. 235