Sometimes raising money is just plain fun! On September 20th we had our annual fashion show at The Coach Pyramids in Caledonia and we shopped for a good cause. Fun, fashion, wine tasting, door prizes and shopping for a good cause.
Thank you to all those who participated in this event.
Dr. W. Janushewski Family Dentistry
Mary Kay Cosmetics – Kim Odorjan
Regional Auto Glass
The Apple Place
The Blue Elephant
The Burning Kiln Winery
The Coach Pyramids
The Crepe House in Port Dover
On September 12, we hosted our second annual Jail & Bail event in Simcoe and Cayuga. The day was full of fun, creative crimes and lots of bail money raised for a good cause. Some of our criminals received bribes from coworkers to stay in jail long after their bail had been reached. What a great opportunity to have some fun with your coworkers! With the help of our willing jailbirds and those who posted their bail and bribes we were able to raise over $11,000.
A special thanks goes to the following donors: McDonald’s (Simcoe), and Tim Hortons (Cayuga) for coffee, Domino’s Pizza (Simcoe) for pizza, Shelly’s Family Dining & Catering (Cayuga) for cake, OPP Haldimand & Norfolk for their time and fingerprinting skills, Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show (jail cell – Norfolk), Touch of Haven (jail cell – Haldimand), Community Addiction and Mental Health Services of Haldimand and Norfolk (Photos & Presentation), Adam Veri (Logo design), Foodland Cayuga (use of their parking lot), and Turkstra Lumber Simcoe (tent).
United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk is in the News:
Check out your local newspaper (Simcoe Reformer, Port Dover Maple Leaf and Haldimand Press) to see our ad expressing our thanks to those who helped to make 2017 a success. Thank you for helping us make a difference in the Haldimand and Norfolk communities.
We are still looking for volunteer Jail Birds for our Jail & Bail event and this is the last weekend for our Stuff the Bus school supplies drive. Donate at our locations: Superstore (Simcoe), Zehrs (Caledonia), Giant Tiger (Hagersville & Dunnville).
United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk’s Day of Caring with Libro Credit Union
August 16, 2018
Our Day of Caring event on August 16th at the Haldimand Abilities Centre in partnership with Libro Credit Union was a great success. Volunteers worked hard to beautify the sensory garden. After a full morning of weed pulling, hedge trimming, painting picnic tables, and more, the change was impressive. The sensory garden supports the needs of people with dementia, vision loss and brain injury. It has great therapeutic and educational benefits and is helpful for dealing with disabilities that affect sensory responses. They also grow their own vegetables and herbs that they use in meals for their clients.
Check out our “Day of Caring” information page to see how your organization can get involved.
United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk’s First- Stuff the Bus Drive
Help Local Kids Succeed in School
We are hosting our first “Stuff the Bus” school supply drive, to collect new school materials for low-income students in our community. The drive will run from August 18 to September 1, 2018. Look for our donation bins in our partner stores: Superstore (Simcoe), Zehrs (Caledonia) and Giant Tiger (Hagersville and Dunnville). Community members are encouraged to donate new school supplies from a provided “wish list”.
New school supplies can boost a child’s self-esteem, providing the ability to start school more compelled to learn, says Brittany Burley, Executive Director of United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk. Our goal is that every child in Haldimand and Norfolk, regardless of family income, has all the supplies they need to succeed.
United Way’s National Conscious Kindness Day is coming up on May 16, 2018. On this day, we invite you to help spread a culture of kindness in your community!
Be part of United Way’s Conscious Kindness Day by planning some treats for your staff, customers, or constituents! It’s an easy way to get your workplace or organization working together for a better community. Spread the #locallove on May 16th.
Please read the following letter and poster to get more information on how you can participate in Conscious Kindness Day:
Do you believe in building strong communities? Do you think kids should have the opportunity to grow up to be all that they can be? Would you like to create possibilities for people in Haldimand and Norfolk living in poverty? If so, then United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk needs you!
We are currently recruiting Board Members with a strong interest in creating positive change in our communities. Board members make a commitment to a two year term. Please note, this is an unpaid volunteer position.
Volunteer Position: Board Member
Job Summary: The Board Member participates in the policy making, planning, goal setting and evaluation activities relating to all aspects of the United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk, while adequately representing the interests of the community at large. The Board member assumes legal and moral accountability for all activities of the United Way and participates on Board Committees as required. This position reports to the United Way Board of Directors.
Roles & Responsibilities:
Supports the values and mission of the United Way.
Makes a personal commitment to the United Way of time, effort and financial support to the best of their ability.
Attends all Board of Directors meetings.
Prepares for Board decision-making meetings by reviewing all relevant materials prior to each board meeting.
Participates in Board training and orientation programs.
Maintains a current knowledge of United Way policy in all areas.
Participates on the Board of Directors in accordance with the by-laws of the United Way.
Participates in the development of long term and short term United Way goals and objectives.
Represents the United Way and acts as an ambassador for UW at public events.
Attends as many of the United Way’s special events as possible.
Ensures that community interests are adequately represented and/or considered prior to decisions being made by the Board of Directors.
Actively promotes the United Way objectives on a year round basis.
Conflict of Interest: Board Members must take great care to avoid potential conflict of interest situations. Where it exists, the director is advised to declare such conflict and to avoid participating in any discussion or voting on the issue.
Demonstrated interest in the United Way goals and objectives.
Genuine concern for people and the wellbeing of the community.
Specific experience, knowledge and/or interest in at least one of the following areas:
Community Problem Solving.
Organized Labour Unions.
Public Relations/Communications or Agency Relations.
Works or lives in Haldimand County or Norfolk County.
Willingness and availability to participate on the Board of Directors and various committees.
Applicants are welcomed from all age groups. We are particularly interested in individuals with the following skills: accounting, public relations, marketing, revenue generation, and community development. Previous non-profit work or governance experience is an asset.
If you want to make a difference by joining United Way as our newest Board Member, please submit your resume and cover letter to the organization’s Executive Director at: [email protected] by March 16, 2018.
Applications are open for United Way of Haldimand & Norfolk’s 2018 funding. Any non-profit organization operating in Haldimand or Norfolk County is eligible to apply. Funding is offered in one to three year terms.
UWHN works to better the lives of residents in Haldimand and Norfolk. Funding for these non-profit organizations is raised through the annual campaign.
“Everything we raise during the year goes directly to programs in Haldimand and Norfolk,” said UWHN Executive Director Brittany Burley. “Our 2017 campaign goal is $375,000. We’re almost there, but we still need the support of the community.”
Funding for programs is determined through an allocations committee made up entirely of volunteers from Haldimand and Norfolk. Anyone who is interested in being a part of this committee can contact Brittany for more information.
It is the goal of United Way to move people from poverty to possibility, to build healthy people and strong communities and to help kids be all that they can be. Every donation to United Way goes directly to programs that support these goals. And it is all made possible through the dedication and generosity of our community.
If you are interested in applying for funding, please reach out to Brittany at [email protected]
United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk presents screening of Us & Them
Us & Them is a documentary film that chronicles the real-life, ten-year journey of four homeless people and their struggles with addiction. Directed by Krista Loughton and Jennifer Abbot (The Corporation), the film is punctuated with First Nations wisdom and Dr. Gabor Maté’s insight into the roots of addiction. Everyone who watches the film has been deeply moved, and never look at the homeless in the same way again. Watching this film helps you to realize that there is no difference between “us and them.”
Filmmaker Krista Loughton will be attending the screening in Simcoe to offer a Q&A period after the show.
The film will be screened in Simcoe at The Strand Theatre at 55 Robinson St. on October 14 at 4:00pm. Admission to the event is free, though a donation to United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk is appreciated.
Fall is here and so are the new fashions! The Coach Pyramids in Caledonia is hosting a fashion show on Thursday, September 28th at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $10.00, and includes a 10% discount off of all purchases! There will also be a wine tasting provided by Burning Kiln Winery. 10% of all proceeds will be donated to United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk. Tickets are available at The Coach Pyramids, located at 250 Argyle St. North in Caledonia, and by calling United Way at 519-426-5660. So come on out for a fashionable night on the town!