Mental Health Bracelets Debut Across Chatham-Kent

Students and other young people across CK and Walpole Island First Nation have a new tool to use for understanding their feelings and communicating those feelings to others. The Name It, Don’t Numb It rainbow bracelets have been sent to classrooms and outreach organizations throughout the municipality to distribute to students as part of Mental...

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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

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Van With a Plan Launches in True Community Collaboration

Who says Friday the 13th is unlucky? The rain held off and the community came together last week to help launch Van With a Plan, a brand new mobile outreach vehicle. Taking place at The Pit Crew Cafe, we were thrilled to partner with this fantastic establishment to offer a Biker Burger Lunch Special and...

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July 30 is World Day to End Trafficking in Persons

Would you know what human trafficking looked like if you saw it? It’s a question to keep in mind as we get closer to July 30, World Day to End Trafficking in Persons. Human trafficking is a global problem, with more than 50,000 victims detected and reported around the world in 2018, according to the...

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Building Bridges Out of Poverty

We recently invited United Way of Chatham-Kent staff, volunteers, board members and other community stakeholders to take part in a very special day of training and reflection called Bridges Out of Poverty. The workshop, delivered by certified Bridges Trainers, looked at the impact of poverty on families, the lens and conditions through which we measure...

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We’re going BaCK to School!

BaCK to School (formerly known as the “Backpack Program”) supports learners throughout Chatham-Kent getting the things they need to ensure a great start to the school year. BaCK to School offers a range of gift cards allowing students to address their unique needs. Parents, guardians, and service providers can register Chatham-Kent school-age children for the...

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Nature is for Everyone

We have known for a while now that being outside in nature for as little as 20 minutes can have a beneficial effect on our health, from reducing stress to boosting our immune system. And it doesn’t take a research project to know that getting outside has made a big difference to many of us...

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A Pause on Camp Gives Kenesserie Time to Focus on Accessibility For All

As school ends and we usher in the first heatwave of the season, it certainly feels like summer has arrived. But even as splash pads and pools open and restrictions around COVID-19 rules begin to ease, the summer still won’t be the same for some.  By the end of June, Kenesserie Camp, nestled along the...

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Rebuilding Wheels, Rebuilding Lives: A True Community Partnership

Working in a remote part of Chatham-Kent is tricky without a reliable vehicle. For Kirk Peters, he had been managing his commute from Wallaceburg to his job as part of a close-knit farm crew on Walpole Island any way he could. When Kirk was chosen as the recipient of a refurbished vehicle, his co-workers were...

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Caring Communities: Blenheim

Caring Communities is a series developed to highlight the volunteers, events and organizations throughout the many areas of Chatham-Kent that generously give their time and energy to help support a healthy and caring community. From sampling the delicious wares at the annual Cherry Festival or splashing around in Talbot Trail Place to walking the gorgeous...

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