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!

Day of Caring with Farm Credit Canada

Day of Caring with Farm Credit Canada!

Farm Credit Canada is committed to making Haldimand-Norfolk a better place through the Day of Caring!

On June 6, employees from Farm Credit Canada’s Simcoe location took part in a Day of Caring at Haldimand-Norfolk REACH. The group spent the day completing yard work for a group home. This home helps youth to gain life skills and have a safe space to live.

These skills include teaching the teens how to budget their money, cook, and clean. With these skills they will have the experience to move out on their own.

The front garden before the work began

These Day of Caring events allow groups to make a real change at an organization that helps our community. This work is important to do to keep the organizations running smoothly. It also allows volunteers to see the impact that these organizations have on our community!

When the day began the front garden was overrun with weeds, leaving the volunteers with a lot of work to do. However, they were all committed to the task and got right to work. Not even the rain could stop them!

Day of Caring REACH
The group hard at work

Throughout the day the volunteers were able learn about the amazing work that Haldimand-Norfolk REACH does with youth. They were able to make a real change for the teens living in the home, shaping a beautiful garden and renewing their yard.

It was a lot of work and a lot of fun, which left a stunning garden and yard for the youth to enjoy. The participants found the experience very rewarding and the house’s staff and residents were thrilled to see the amazing change.

Volunteers from Farm Credit Canada pose with the completed garden

Thank you to Farm Credit Canada for their hard work and ongoing commitment to our community.

If you’re interesting in completing a Day of Caring, reach out to Executive Director, Brittany Burley at [email protected].

United Way Receives VOICE Award

United Way Receives VOICE Award

On May 2, United Way of Haldimand & Norfolk was the recipient of the 14th Annual Voice Award! The VOICE Award (Victory Over Illness by Consumer Empowerment) is presented to organizations that raise awareness of mental health needs in the community and actively work to provide solutions. The award was presented by Achieve Mental Health Wellness & Recovery Centre, which is a program of Community Addiction and Mental Health Services of Haldimand & Norfolk. Pictured are the award presenters and the certificate.


Another Great Year Marked at Annual General Meeting!

Another Great Year Marked at Annual General Meeting!

Another year has come and gone. We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to everyone who made this past year possible. To our donors, volunteers and member agencies, you make United Way what it is! We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our hosts for use of their space. It was a a great pleasure to hold our AGM at the Erie Beach Hotel!  Thank you to the Schneider family for their ongoing support!

At the meeting, several awards were presented to individuals and organizations who have contributed during the past year.
Yvonne Holloway was the recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award and The Harold Schneider Community Service Award was presented to Kayla McFeeters. Libro Credit Union was awarded the New Corporate Partner Award. The Media Partner Award was given to Norfolk News. The following organizations received the Spirit Award: CIBC, Coach Pyramids Inc., Domino’s Pizza Simcoe, LCBO Langton, TD Bank – Downtown Simcoe, Turkstra Lumber–Dunnville and Turkstra Lumber-Simcoe.

2016 was a great year for us here at United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk. It would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of everyone involved. We look forward to another great year in 2017!

Annual General Meeting Coming on April 26th!

United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk’s Annual General Meeting is Wednesday, April 26th!

Join us to celebrate and highlight our achievements at our 2017 Annual General Meeting.

April 26, 2017
Erie Beach Hotel
19 Walker Street
Port Dover

Doors open at 5:30 PM
Meeting begins at 6:00 PM
Dinner to follow

Tickets $25 each
Please RSVP to Linda Dinga [email protected] 519-426-5660

Imperial Donates $60,000 to United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk Campaign!

Imperial Donates $60,000 to United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk Campaign!


United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk would like to thank Imperial for their generous donation of $60,000.  This donation will allow us to help numerous people living in Haldimand County and Norfolk County, and we appreciate their support!