We are thrilled to be partnering once again with Domino’s Pizza of Simcoe for the 12 Days of Pizza event.
“It’s Important to us at Domino’s Pizza that we help support the community that we live, work, and play in …United Way helps thousands of people in our area and we are proud to be able to support them.”
George Karamilev, Domino’s Pizza Simcoe franchisee.
From December 12 to 24 order a Large 4-Topping Pizza for only $12.99 and 100% of the sales goes towards United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk.
Treat your family, your friends, your coworkers, your team or yourself and give back, creating change in your community. Call the Simcoe location at 519-428-4100 and ask for the United Way Pizza or online Promo Code 4201 and you can help change a life in your community.
*Note: This offer is only available through the Simcoe Domino’s location at 207 Queensway East.
What does it take for a family of four to live comfortably in Haldimand and Norfolk County? That’s the question we wanted to answer in 2019. Adhering to the principles and methodology of the Canadian Living Wage Framework, we calculated the 2019 hourly Living Wage for Haldimand and Norfolk to be $16.58.
Wage is the hourly wage a worker needs to earn to cover their family’s basic
everyday expenses, such as food, housing, utilities, childcare and transportation.
The Living Wage was calculated based on a family composition consisting of two
35-year old parents working full-time for 35 hours per week, one 7-year old
child who attends school and before and after school care and one 3-year old in
childcare full-time year round. Different from the Minimum Wage which is
provincially set, the Living Wage is locally derived. The costs used to
calculate the Living Wage for Haldimand and Norfolk have come from local
sources based on expenses in this community. The Minimum Wage which is
currently $14/hour does not take into account the basic needs to maintain a
healthy, sustainable life. While the Minimum Wage is adjusted for inflation in
Ontario, the Living Wage is adjusted annually to take into consideration cost
of living increases, and changes.
Wage means families can make ends meet and don’t have to choose between
groceries, medical/dental expenses or rent. It means they can participate in
community activities, like putting their kids into sports. What the Living Wage
doesn’t include is credit card payments, loan or debt interest, savings for
retirement, owning a home, savings for children’s future education, pets, or the
cost of caring for loved ones with serious illnesses or disabilities. The
Living Wage does not include anything other than the smallest cushion for
emergencies or hard times.
that have already implemented the Living Wage have found it to be beneficial to
employers by improving recruitment, employee retention, increased productivity
and morale and reduced retraining expenses. For the workers it reduced the need
to work multiple jobs to pay bills, reduced stress of financial pressures, provided
opportunities for skills training to further employment opportunities, improved
nutrition, and raised the standards of living and quality of life. The
community benefitted by raising consumer spending locally, increased local
participation, and lowered child poverty rates.
Every community experiences different conditions that affect local expenses and that’s why the Living Wage differs by region. For example, Perth and Huron’s Living Wage is $17.55, while Hamilton’s is $16.42. The lack of transportation services across Haldimand and Norfolk and the shortage of affordable housing are two factors affecting local costs. To learn more about the specific local costs, please refer to the infographic above.
We would like to thank Kayla Schaff for her help with this project.
Burley, Executive Director
United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk
Phone: 519-426-5660 Email: [email protected]
Funding decisions are community driven and community focused. Each year a group of local volunteers representing various sectors in Haldimand and Norfolk form the Allocations Committee. Using their knowledge and first-hand experience, they allocate funds to the programs they feel will meet the most urgent needs of Haldimand and Norfolk residents.
In 2019, United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk supported 15 programs throughout our community serving 15,000+ individuals in need. United Way’s goal for the 2020/2021 funding year is to help 16,000 people in Haldimand and Norfolk. This number includes mental health and wellness supports for 2,000 people, educational programs for 2,500 children, community programs for 3,000 seniors and 8,000 people moving themselves from poverty to possibility.
I am thrilled to be working with the agency partners in Haldimand and Norfolk, The United Way team and Board of Directors, plus the many supportive donors, that together, are creating impactful change through collective action.
Kim Shippey is President of KMJ Consultants. She is an experienced fundraising professional with 15+ years working within the not-for-profit sector with organizations such as the Mohawk College Foundation, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, United Way Greater Hamilton and Burlington and two independent schools, Hillfield Strathallan College and Oakville’s Appleby College.
Through effective engagement and a strategic approach, Kim has successfully led multiple capital and annual campaigns, raising in excess of $100 million dollars. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), has received a certificate from Disney’s Approach to Leadership Excellence, certificates in Emotionally Effective Leadership and earned the Fundamentals of Fundraising certificate from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Kim, who grew up in Hagersville, has lived in the Norfolk area for over 20 years and currently calls Port Dover home where she lives with her husband George and their two daughters Emma and Chloe. Kim and George share a love of theatre and have co-directed a number of musicals at Simcoe Little Theatre, including Fiddler on the Roof, Little Shop of Horrors and A Christmas Carol and recently co-directed the community show at Lighthouse Festival Theatre, The Wizard of Oz.
We are very happy to have Kim step into Brittany’s shoes while she is on her maternity leave. We look forward to moving toward a better tomorrow for our community and neighbours with Kim at the head of the table.
On September 19, we kicked off our 2019 campaign with over $10,000 raised at our annual Jail and Bail event in Simcoe and Cayuga. The weather was perfect and the day was full of fun, with creative crimes such as ‘Never Giving a Straight Answer,’ ‘Cow Tipping,’ and ‘Failing to Buy the Office Lunch.’ We had new faces at the events this year but by far the favourite were a pair of Jack Russels, Phinn and Dino, accompanied by their owner Sandie Heirwegh. This trio came away with ‘Most Creative Crime’ and ‘Most Funds Raised’ for Haldimand. Taking the prize for ‘Best Costume’ was David Sykes for his crime of ‘Computer Hacking.’ In Norfolk, the enthusiastic team from the Norfolk Association for Community Living took home the ‘Most Funds Raised’ award, Katherine Whitney won ‘Best Costume’ and Ron Tomczak was awarded ‘Most Creative Crime.’
It was a great day and Brittany Burley, our Executive Director, announced our campaign goal in a very new way.
“More important to us than the dollars raised, is the impact these funds have on the community, which is why this year we are going to announce our annual campaign goal as an impact goal of what we plan to achieve in the community!”
Our goal is to help 16,000 people in Haldimand and Norfolk. This number includes mental health and wellness supports for 2,000 people, educational programs for 2,500 children, community programs for 3,000 seniors and 8,000 people moving themselves from poverty to possibility. Burley stated,
“This is only possible with the support from the communities in which we live.”
We would like to extend a special thanks to the following: McDonald’s (Simcoe) for coffee, Tim Hortons (Cayuga) for coffee and prizes, OPP Norfolk for their time and fingerprinting skills, Ron Tomczak the FauxPP Officer, Turkstra Lumber (Simcoe) for creating the jail cell, Community Addiction and Mental Health Services of Haldimand and Norfolk for Photos & Presentation, Adam Veri for the logo design, MyFM for the sound system, and Foodland (Cayuga) and Shopper’s Drugmart (Simcoe) for the use of their parking lot.
United Way’s “Stuff the Bus” Helps Hundreds of Kids
Over 600 kids in Haldimand and Norfolk received new school supplies.
We were proud to deliver backpacks filled with new school supplies to over 600 students in need across Haldimand and Norfolk. At first, the goal seemed overwhelming as the number of kids in need grew from 125 to over 600 students, more than double from the previous year. Last year, 10 schools signed up to receive supplies while this year 29 schools signed up. This was in part due to the growing awareness of the program among the schools and community.
Our goal was to provide local students with the supplies they need to succeed, regardless of family income. We worked with the local public and Catholic schools to identify how many kids in the schools needed help and which supplies were needed the most. Donation bins were located throughout the two counties where community members could drop off donated items. The donated school supplies helped students of all ages.
“I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation for the generous donation of back to school backpacks for students in need…and parents have been very appreciative. Thank you for supporting our students,”
Colleen Kelly, Principal of Hagersville Elementary School
Due to the generous support of local community members, businesses,
churches and local charities, the United Way was successful in meeting this
goal. A big thank you goes out to: Superstore, Staples, Norfolk County Public
Library, Zehrs, Haldimand County Public Library, Giant Tiger in Haldimand, CAMHS
Wellness & Recovery Centre, Dr. Lorelei Zeiler’s office, Julia’s Bistro,
Domino’s Pizza, Cobb and Jones LLP, Norfolk Association for Community Living,
Rotary Club Norfolk Sunrise, Lion’s Club Jarvis, Scotlynn Group, Toyotetsu, The
Positive Vibe Project, RBC local branches, Mt. Zion United Church, St. Paul Anglican
Church, Faith Centennial United Church, Simcoe Caring Cupboard, Turkstra Lumber
and the many, many community members who became involved in this very important
The amount of donated school supplies was so great that three locations
were needed in order to store them before distribution. Two Day of Caring
events with staff volunteers from Libro Credit Union and Imperial were held to
do the sorting, packing and delivery of the supplies to the 29 schools who
signed up to receive them.
United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk Announces Funding for Two New Programs
We are proud to announce that we will be funding two new programs in 2019. United Way funding decisions are community driven and community focused. Each year a group of local volunteers representing various sectors in Haldimand and Norfolk form the Allocations Committee. Using their knowledge and first-hand experience, they allocate funds to the programs they feel will meet the most urgent needs of Haldimand and Norfolk residents.
The two new United Way funded programs are as follows:
Taylor the Turtle: My Body Belongs to Me
A seven-module body rights program for primary grade aged children that encourages the strengthening of protective factors such as emotional literacy, resiliency, self-confidence, expression abilities, and body awareness.
Path to Possibilities
Residents of Trillium Manor, a supportive rent geared-to-income home for individuals living with mental illness, learn skills to live independently. These skills include budgeting, healthy eating, grocery shopping, critical thinking, empathy, self-awareness, problem solving, communication, stress management and interpersonal relationship building.
We wish to extend a thank you to the following volunteers that made up this year’s Allocations Committee. Most of whom braved a winter storm to attend a meeting.
In total United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk will be supporting 15 programs throughout Haldimand and Norfolk serving 12,500+ individuals in need right here at home. The programs that continued to receive funding again in 2019 are:
Adult Literacy and Basic Skills Training
Basic Job Readiness Training
Club T.R.U.E. (Together, Recreation, Understanding & Enjoyment)