Day of Caring – August 16, 2018

Day of Caring

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.

Stuff the Bus

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.

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Conscious Kindness Day – May 16

Conscious Kindness Day – May 16

Conscious Kindness Day
Conscious Kindness Day

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:

Conscious Kindness Letter – 2018

Conscious Kindness Poster – 2018

We Want You! New Board Member Needed

Are you the one we are looking for?

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.

Desired Qualifications:

  • 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:
    • General Administration.
    • Finance.
    • Resource Development.
    • 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.

2018 Funding Applications Open

2018 Funding Applications Open

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]

Us & Them Film Screening – Sat. Oct. 14

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 Fashion Show

Fall Fashion Show

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!

2017 Campaign Kick-Off: Jail & Bail

2017 Campaign Kick-Off: Jail & Bail

Once again, it’s time to put away our swim suits and bring our sweaters out of storage. Fall is upon us, and so is United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk’s 2017 Campaign Kick-Off!

This year, the OPP will be “arresting” Haldimand and Norfolk residents who are -usually- upstanding citizens! Once they’re in jail, these jailbirds must raise their bail money to get out! All proceeds will be invested in community programs supporting youth, children, individuals and families living in poverty!

The event will take place on Tuesday September 26 at the Norfolk County Administration Building from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, and the Haldimand County Administration Building from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Anyone interested in becoming a jailbird should call the United Way office at 519-426-5660.

Jailbirds will be given an envelope to collect their pledges in. You’ll be in jail until you’ve raised your bail money. You get to pick your own bail amount (most jailbirds pick between $500-$1,000)! You can collect your bail money from friends, family, co-workers and even a personal donation. Donations over $20 are eligible for tax receipts. Credit card donations can be made through our website. If your bail amount is reached before the event, you’ll be in jail for just fifteen minutes. The maximum “sentence” is two hours, even if you don’t meet your bail.

Friends can even bribe the guards to keep you in jail longer! A $50 bribe will keep you in the clinker for an extra fifteen minutes. Again, the maximum sentence is two hours, so you’ll be free to go no matter what, after you’ve served your time.

Even if you don’t reach your bail amount, all donations are greatly appreciated. It’s through the support of people like you that we are able to help people move from poverty to possibility, help kids grow up to be all that they can be, and build strong communities with healthy people in them.

Thank you.

For more details, read our:

Jail and Bail FAQ

Financial Literacy Workshops

Financial Literacy Workshops

United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk is proud to announce our upcoming series of financial literacy workshops in both Haldimand and Norfolk!

There are four workshops taking place in the communities of Simcoe and Dunnville. You may choose to attend one workshop, or all, to get a better understanding of your finances. The topics covered include budgeting, will planning, loans and more!

The workshops are kindly provided through the Each One Teach One program, and by Mr. Smelko. Thanks to them for their initiative to help the community.

The workshops are:

Introduction to Basic Budgeting – What a budget is and why you should create one.  Tips to help you reach your financial goals.  Ideas to help you adjust your spending.

Loans You Don’t Want – How to calculate the real cost of ‘bad’ loans.  Why payday loans and pawnshop loans are a terrible option.  The real cost of using credit card cash advances.

Loans: Costs and Obligations – How to decide what kind of loan is best for your needs.  How to understand payment terms and obligations.  How interest is calculated and why it matters.

Estate and Will Planning – How to prepare your estate and will.  Why it’s important to have a plan.  What happens to your estate if you don’t have a plan.

Norfolk Financial Literacy

Introduction to Basic Budgeting
Tuesday July 4th – 1:00-2:30 PM

Loans You Don’t Want
Tuesday July 11th – 1:00-2:30 PM

Loans: Cost and Obligations
Tuesday July 18th – 1:00-2:30 PM

Estate and Will Planning
Tuesday July 25th – 1:00-2:30 PM

Each of the Norfolk workshops will be taking place at the Simcoe Public Library on 46 Colborne Street South, Simcoe. They will be located in the downstairs room.

A light lunch will be provided by either The Barrel or Dominos Pizza in Simcoe depending on the workshop.

Haldimand Financial Literacy

Estate and Will Planning
Wednesday July 26 – 1:00-2:30 PM

Introduction to Basic Budgeting
Tuesday August 15th – 7:00-8:30 PM

Loans You Don’t Want
Tuesday August 22nd – 7:00-8:30 PM

Loans: Cost and Obligations
Tuesday August 29th – 7:00-8:30 PM

Each of the Haldimand workshops will be taking place at the Haldimand Pregnancy Care and Family Centre, 121 Alder Street, Dunnville.

Light snacks will be provided!

These workshops are completely FREE for you to attend, just register in advance by calling 519-426-5660, or online by emailing [email protected].

We look forward to seeing you there!

Friday Barbecues For Charity!

Friday Barbecues For Charity!

United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk hopes that you’re hungry because we will be grilling up some fun every other Friday with barbecues for charity!

Charity barbecues

Turkstra Lumber in Simcoe has graciously offered to host a Friday BBQ lunch every other week throughout the summer. These BBQ’s will be raising money for the United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk and the many programs that we fund!

barbecues for charity

Join us for a hot dog, sausage or good ol’ hamburger for lunch on:

June 9 & 23, July 7 & 21, August 4 & 18, and September 1 & 15!

The BBQ’s will be taking place at Turkstra Lumber:
545 Queensway West in Simcoe.


We look forward to seeing you there!