From Poverty to Possibility

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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.

Student Nutrition Program
Chatham-Kent 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

Warmest Wishes
United Way of Chatham-Kent

An outreach program that provides a backpack filled with some of the basics that people need to get through the tough winter months - necessities like food, hygiene products and winter clothing.

Contact: 519-354-0430

Tilbury Information and H.E.L.P. Centre

The Tilbury Information and H.E.L.P. 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: 519-354-0430

Healthy People, Strong Communities

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In a community where everyone matters, we support personal well-being and strengthen communities by investing in community mental health supports & services, neighbourhood & community development and programs that address gender-based violence and ensure wellbeing & resilience for all.

Rebuilding Wheels Rebuilding Lives
United Way of Chatham-Kent

Connecting individuals and/or families with a donated personal vehicle which will provide piece of mind that they have a secure and reliable form of transportation to their employment. Simultaneously this programs provides deep educational opportunities for local high school automotive trade students and a pipeline to apprenticeship opportunities.

Contact: 519-354-0430

Geared-to-Income Counselling
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

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 United

Provides grants and other supports to improve the lives of women and their families in vulnerable situations.
Contact: 519-354-0430

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 Investment & Innovative Partnership

Fueled by groundbreaking research and powerful partnerships, Community Investment & Innovative Partnership is the largest non-governmental supporter of social services in Chatham-Kent dedicated to creating the opportunities people need to improve their lives and build a better future.

Contact: 519-354-0430

Caring Dads
Changing Ways

The program aim to support healthy father/child interaction and create healthy strategies for men to interact with the mother of the child.
Contact: 1-888-438-9869

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 a funder for Ontario 211 for our community.

Contact: 519-354-0430

Chatham-Kent Nonprofit Centre

A shared collective space that meets the needs of nonprofits and local government partners. The building is currently home to seven organizations and offers rent-able offices, board rooms and training spaces based on a cost recovery system.

Contact: 519-354-0430

Labour United: 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

All That Kids Can Be

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In a community where everyone matters, we all deserve a good start. We all want to feel welcomed and supported through transitions so we can succeed, contribute and thrive. Investments in prevention and early intervention simply makes sense. Addressing issues and building support systems for people early on helps prevent problems from becoming more complex in the future. Also, it makes financial sense, investing early on costs far less than more complicated solutions later.

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

Drop In Program
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.

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Contact: 519-682-0625

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

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

Youth United

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: 519-354-0430

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

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

C-K Learning Disabilities Assoc.

Association of Chatham-Kent Provides one-on-one assistance to struggling students.
Contact: 519-352-2024

Operation BackPacks

This Good Neighbours program provides backpacks filled with grade appropriate school supplies for families and children in need.
Contact: 519-354-0430