Why Volunteer?

Volunteers are an incredibly valuable resource for any organization. Without the time, dedication, experience, and passion from volunteers, many great initiatives, fundraisers, and movements wouldn’t be possible. Jane McFadden has been volunteering with R.O.C.K. Missions as a street nurse, connecting with the homeless in Chatham-Kent on a regular basis. When asked why she volunteers, Jane...

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Baking With Will

At the beginning of the pandemic, University of Waterloo student William Shepherd decided to learn how to bake bread. Since then, he has taught himself how to bake white & whole wheat sourdough, rye sourdough, French baguettes, and focaccia. Will is coming back home to Chatham-Kent for the holidays next month and has decided to hold...

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Social Service Relief Fund Report

We know this year has unique challenges, but that makes our work as a United Way even more important. Together, $354,000 of the Social Service Relief Fund has been allocated to support food security.

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Change Starts When We Listen

In years past, it may have appeared that Chatham-Kent didn’t have a homelessness problem. Homelessness has always existed here, but in recent years, and especially since March when the pandemic hit, it has become much more visible. In just 8 months, homelessness has doubled in Chatham-Kent. Karyn O’Neil, who is the Director of Community Engagement...

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Big Need for Mentors in Rural Chatham-Kent

Just down Queen Street and past the Chatham-Kent Public Library in downtown Chatham, you’ll come across a building painted partially in bright purple with white footprints leading towards the back. That’s where you’ll find the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chatham-Kent office, where Amanda, Paige, and Holly work. When you walk in, you’re greeted with...

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Tampon Tuesday Donation Drive Thru a Huge Success

  Tampon Tuesday Donation Drive Thru a Huge Success Joint statement from Women United & the Chatham-Kent Labour Council On Tuesday, October 20th the Women United and the Chatham-Kent Labour Council hosted their Tampon Tuesday event in the parking lot of 425 McNaughton Ave West, Chatham. From 9am – 6:30pm there was a steady flow...

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211 Service Goes Nationwide

  211 service goes nationwide with funding from the Government of Canada Free, confidential service helps people impacted by COVID-19 to navigate available community and government supports Everyone in Canada will soon have access to 211, a free, confidential information navigation service that connects people to critical government and community-based health and social services in...

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Second round of Emergency Community Support Fund

  Second Round of Emergency Community Support Fund Joint statement from Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada United Way of Chatham-Kent, Chatham Kent Community Foundation and Canadian Red Cross are accepting funding applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) Round 2 from October 5 to October 30, 2020. The...

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Help us shine the light on good things happening in CK!

  Chatham-Kent is known for looking out for each other, finding new ways to pull together, and lifting each other up. In 2020, CK has raised the bar on community action and United Way Chatham-Kent wants to shine a light on the moments of connection and compassion happening locally. We are in the process of...

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United Way’s Funding into the Community

We have always been in the background helping our community. It became very clear to United Way of Chatham-Kent early in the pandemic that the we needed to stay nimble and bring front-line social service organizations, charities, and grassroots groups together to get a forecast on what is happening locally. As we were working together...

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