For CK’s Older Adults, Warmer Weather Helps Heal

As vaccination rates and temperatures rise in Chatham-Kent, many members of our older adult population feel like they can finally begin to emerge from a very tough year. COVID-19 has hit everybody hard but for a community that may already be dealing with health and accessibility issues, there have been unique concerns. Brad Davis is...

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Vote Now for Chatham-Kent’s First Affordable Eco-Housing Development

There’s a brand new housing community being built in Chatham-Kent, and you can help the project win a grant to go towards its development from the prestigious David Suzuki Foundation. The Brickworks Community of 30 homes plus common areas will be run by the Opportunity Villages Community Land Trust (OVCLT), a not-for-profit group put together...

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Pride in CK: Connection, Community & Caring

As Pride Month kicks off around the world, we’re staying close to home to look at the good work that the Chatham-Kent Gay Pride Association has been doing in a year unlike any other.  While everybody has had to stay home, CK Pride has continued the tough work of trying to be as visible as...

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The Social Planning & Action Tables with Eva Marie Clarke

The local nonprofit sector has seen big strides in collaboration over the past year with the Social Planning & Action Tables! If you want to learn more about them, we interviewed our newest staff member Eva Marie Clarke (who helps facilitate the Tables’ weekly virtual meetings) to get her take on them. 1. Welcome to...

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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...

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Small towns have big heart.

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...

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Activity Boxes, Virtual Fundraisers, and Warm Lines

Even outside of a pandemic, there are urgent needs in the community that our friends and neighbours are facing. Combined with restrictions on gatherings, social distancing, and stay-at-home orders, the work of non-profits, charities, and community organizations becomes more important, but also more difficult to do. On our latest podcast, we spoke with representatives from...

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What is a Third Party Fundraiser?

While it’s difficult to hold fundraisers the way we used to, there are so many ways that you can give back to the community and help those who need it most. One great example of this is Mainstreet Credit Union and their Dress Down Fridays. Before many of us started working from home, the staff...

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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...

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Helping the Hungry, Homeless, and Hurting

The Coldest Night of the Year event is returning to Chatham-Kent for a fifth year, though it’s no surprise that 2021 will be much different. Taking place virtually, participants can now walk any time this month, rather than on one day as in previous years. According to their website, “The Coldest Night of the Year...

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