Stuff the Bus Needs You to Help Local Children

United Way’s Stuff the Bus Program Needs You to Help Local Children

August 3, 2021 – For Immediate Release

Stuff the Bus is an annual program run by United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk that provides school supplies to children in need. The program supports over 600 children and youth annually. United Way is requesting community support to donate school supplies for the program. Requested items include backpacks, markers, crayons, pencils, erasers, calculators, glue sticks, and more. Supplies will be collected up until August 20th.

Donated supplies can be dropped off in Haldimand at Don Hyde Marine (4075 Highway 6, Hagersville), and True Experience (201 Forest Street East, Dunnville) or in Norfolk at FirstOntario Credit Union (107 Queensway East, Simcoe), Simcoe Natural Foods (479 Queensway West, Simcoe), Barry Malcolm CFP (71 Thompson Road, Waterford) and Norfolk Community Help Centre (505 Fairground Road, Langton). If you wish to donate and are unable to access the drop-off locations, reach out to United Way at [email protected].

Family members that are interested in receiving supplies from the Stuff the Bus program are encouraged to contact their children’s schools to let them know they would like to participate. United Way sorts the supplies and drops them off directly at the schools one week prior to the start of the school year, allowing families to pick up the supplies beforehand. All schools in the Grand Erie District School Board and Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board have access to the program. Families attending other schools should contact United Way directly. 

“It has been a very challenging year for students trying to learn during the pandemic,” states Brittany Burley, Executive Director of United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk. “While there is still uncertainty about what the next school year looks like, we do know that the children in our community are still going to need school supplies, whether they are attending school in-person or online. Our community has been incredibly supportive of the Stuff the Bus program over the years, and we hope that we can count on that continued support.”

Stuff the Bus is running for its fourth year in Haldimand and Norfolk. Due to the success of the program, Brant United Way is partnering with United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk to expand Stuff the Bus across schools in Brant County and Brantford. Brant United Way will be doing separate fundraising. All supplies donated in Haldimand and Norfolk will stay in Haldimand and Norfolk.

In regards to the new partnership, Daniel Rankin, Executive Director of Brant United Way, stated, “Brant United Way is excited to partner on the Stuff the Bus program. In working with United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk, we can ensure that all of the students at Grand Erie District School Board and Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board have an equal opportunity to access support.”

If you would like to collect supplies for Stuff the Bus as a workplace or a community group, please contact United Way directly for more information at [email protected]. Cash donations are gratefully accepted at www.unitedwayhn.on.ca. To direct your funds to the Stuff the Bus program, write “Stuff the Bus” in the comments section when making your donation.

United Way Takes a Stand Against Cyberbullying

United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk Takes a Stand Against Cyberbullying

May 11, 2021 – For Immediate Release

In a world that has required us to move online, there is no escape from cyberbullying. United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk has partnered with Norfolk County Mayor Kristal Chopp and Grand Erie District School Board to spread awareness of cyberbullying and provide tips on how to help children experiencing it. Cyberbullying happens when technology is used to embarrass, threaten, or harass another person online. It is often done anonymously, which can create fear and distrust when the victim doesn’t know who is attempting to cause them harm. Victims of cyberbullying may experience feelings of anger, sadness, or anxiety that can lead to depression, eating disorders, chronic stress, and other health ailments.

Kristal Chopp, Mayor of Norfolk County, provides personal insight on her experience with cyberbullying. Upon starting her career in politics, Chopp says, “The cyberbullying started immediately. Since being elected, one man plead guilty to uttering death threats to me and others spend their days posting blatant lies about me across various social media platforms. Some of them hide behind fake profiles, so I don’t even know who is targeting me. Eventually the abuse became so repetitive and so offensive that it was eating me alive.”

After enduring years of cyber harassment, Chopp had the following to say about how she overcame it. “In the beginning,” explains Chopp, “I firmly believed that, as a politician, I should never block anyone from seeing any of my content. The advice to ‘just ignore it’ didn’t work for me. You can’t look at that negativity day in and day out and not have it affect you. So one day, I took my friend’s advice and for a couple of the harassers; block-block and block. Don’t be afraid to just shut out the negativity – it’s liberating. The abusers are still out there, and new ones always emerge, so I made a conscious decision to minimize using social media. That is a challenge in my position because of how great of a tool it can be to communicate your message, but I do my best to find other ways.”

When asked if Chopp had any advice for anyone dealing with cyberbullying, she said, “One thing I’ve learned is that no matter what you’ll never please everyone, so the most important thing is that through it all, you just keep being you.”

Children that experience cyber bullying may not tell their guardians in fear of having their electronic devices taken away. Some signs that children are being cyberbullied include:

  • Being nervous or jumpy when getting a message, text, or email
  • Changes in mood, behaviour, sleep, or appetite
  • Being upset after using their phone or a device to access the internet
  • Spending more time alone
  • Lack of interest in usual activities
  • Being secretive of their ‘digital’ life
  • Suddenly wanting to stop using the computer or device
  • Avoiding discussions about computer or phone activities

Children that are experiencing worries or mental health struggles should contact the Haldimand-Norfolk Child & Youth Crisis Service run by United Way partner Haldimand-Norfolk REACH at 1-866-327-3224. The number is operated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is confidential. This program supports children up to 18 years old and families/caregivers that are concerned about the mental health of a child or youth. If you are looking for support that is not urgent, you can contact the Haldimand-Norfolk REACH Child Clinical Services Walk-in Therapy Clinic on Tuesdays from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at 519-410-1502. This therapy session can help address a concern and come up with different helpful ways to think about things. This service is offered free, funded by United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk.

If you discover a child you know is being cyberbullied, have an open conversation and allow them to tell you what is going on without judgement or criticism. Stay calm and reassure them that you will not be taking away their phone or internet, and encourage them to talk to you about any harassing messages they receive. Discuss potential actions to help them determine what steps they want to take to deal with the situation. Actions can include blocking the bully, reporting it to your teacher or principal, or compiling the messages to report to the Ontario Provincial Police. Be sure to validate your children’s feelings and get them additional support if desired.

 “Here in Grand Erie, especially now that our learning platforms are virtual, our teachers are always looking for opportunities to educate students on how their online behaviour impacts the learning community. Thinking before you post, holding people accountable for what they say online and posting positive information can make for a more inclusive environment,” says Alison High, Principal at Valley Heights Secondary School at the Grand Erie District School Board. “When things do go wrong, the Board has a policy as to how schools will respond and it gives us an additional opportunity to remind us of the importance of continuing our work together with staff, students, families and communities to help raise awareness about social media and internet safety.”

“One of the best ways we can combat negativity online is to disengage and focus on spreading positivity,” states Brittany Burley, Executive Director of United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk. “It’s important that we model the behaviour that we wish to see, which is why I challenge everyone reading this to share something positive the next time you are online, whether it is complimenting a friend or writing a kind review about a local business. With one simple action, we have the power to brighten someone’s day.”

If you or someone you know is experiencing cyberbullying and needs support, please contact one of the numbers listed above.

Thank You Kim Shippey & Welcome Back Brittany Burley

United Way Haldimand and Norfolk Thanks Kim Shippey and Welcomes Back Brittany Burley

United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk is pleased to welcome back Brittany Burley to the role of Executive Director. Brittany left for maternity leave in November 2019 and is thrilled to be returning.

Kim Shippey, President of KMJ Consultants, acted as interim Executive Director for the past 15 months.

Kim Shippey, President, KMJ Consultants, acted as interim Executive Director for the past 15 months.
Haley McIntosh, Board Chair
Brittany Burley, Executive Director

“The compassion and drive for change across our communities is incredibly inspiring. I am humbled by our agency partners who are caring, dedicated and selfless individuals that work tirelessly in support of others. I thank our Board of Directors and our generous donors for their commitment to create lasting, local change,” said Kim Shippey.

“United Way, our agency partners and community all benefited from Kim’s stewardship of the organization. I cannot think of anyone who would have been better suited to navigate us through truly unprecedented times.” said Haley McIntosh, Chair of the Board.

“Stepping back into the Executive Director role to serve our community is a privilege that I am grateful for. The challenges of the past year have brought new hardships to the people of Haldimand and Norfolk counties. I am proud that United Way was there to provide support to those that needed it the most. Going forward, we will continue working together with our donors, volunteers, and agency partners to meet the evolving needs of our community,” said Brittany Burley, Executive Director.

Season’s Greetings

Season's Greetings!...

Your world may never be the same again. The simple act of getting your groceries, going to the bank, or going to work is just not as simple anymore. Meeting up with your friends, seeing your grandchildren, hugging your family. So much has changed. But if you are really struggling to put food on your table, have extremely limited funds in your bank account and recently lost your job, life is far from simple.

There are more than 16,250 adults and children across Haldimand and Norfolk who need your help. That is the number of people that your United Way assists every, single year—and the number is growing. The change in our world has caused an even greater change in their world. The number of visits to food banks has increased by 42%. The biggest struggle for so many families across Haldimand and Norfolk is the ability to put food on their table.

We discovered throughout the pandemic that for many children, the only meal they received each day was through the lunch program at their school. When schools closed in March, they were no longer fed. The needs are real, and they are urgent.

“Everyone who was handing out the food baskets were so nice. When we got home, my mom was happy. It was fun to put the food away together in our cupboards. Thank you to everyone who helped our family.”

 

Your gift will ensure that we can address these needs. Your gift will provide hope and a path to possibility. For so many, asking for help is hard. We passionately believe at United Way, that receiving that help should be easy. Together, we can create a community where our friends and neighbours are no longer struggling. We are a vibrant community, filled with caring people. Let’s make a difference today.

Your gift means so very much to families across Haldimand and Norfolk. We thank you.

12 Days of Pizza 2020

Order a Pizza - Help Your Community!

12 Days of Pizza with Domino's Simcoe is Back Again This Year

 “Giving back to the community is so important to us, United Way continues to help thousands of people and we are proud to be able to support them in their outstanding work.”

George Karamilev, Domino's Pizza Simcoe Franchisee. Tweet

Back by popular demand, United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk and Domino’s Pizza Simcoe presents ‘12 Days of Pizza.’ From December 12 to 24, Domino’s Pizza in Simcoe is offering a Large 4 – Topping Pizza for only $12.99 (promo code 4201 online) and 50% of the sales supports United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk. Treat your staff, family, team or yourself and support your community at the same time.

 To participate in 12 Days of Pizza, you can order from Domino’s Pizza in Simcoe online at www.dominos.ca or call the local store at 519-428-4100. Please note 12 Days of Pizza is only available at Domino’s Pizza in Simcoe.

“Domino’s Pizza are exceptional ambassadors of United Way and they continue to step up and support our community. We are incredibly grateful to George and his team.”

Kim Shippey, Executive Director

When you give to United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk you help children, families, neighbours and friends right in your own back yard. United Way finds solutions and mobilizes communities to drive change.

Funding Applications for Non-Profits Now Open 2021/22

Funding Applications for Non-Profits Now Open

We are now accepting funding applications from non-profit organizations for the 2021/2022 year. Funding is available for three main focus areas:

If you are a non-profit agency serving the Haldimand and Norfolk community and would like to apply for funding, please click on the following links for applications and our guideline:



APPLICATIONS DUE:

Friday, January 15, 2021 @4:00 pm

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 2020, United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk supported 14 programs throughout our community serving 15,000+ individuals in need. United Way’s goal for the 2021/2022 funding year is to help even more 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.

Equity and Inclusion

Equity and Inclusion

Our mission at United Way is to mobilize the caring power of communities to advance the common good. We envision inclusive, resilient and equitable communities. We engage donors, advocates, volunteers and partners to join us to ensure that every person in every community has access to a quality education including the knowledge, skills and training they need to attain jobs that pay good wages, and the ability to live a healthy, safe life.

For too many individuals and families, access to a better life remains elusive. To achieve our vision, we must understand and address the underlying factors that impede progress. By challenging practices based on racism, sexism and other historical and current forms of discrimination, we can create more inclusive communities and equitable outcomes. We must continue to be a leader in the fight for equity and strive to create communities where everyone has the resources, opportunities and support they need to thrive.

United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk will continue to embrace an explicit equity lens and know, that we succeed, when the communities we serve succeed.

Stuff the Bus 2020

United Way's Stuff the Bus Assists School Children Across Haldimand and Norfolk

Helping students with new school supplies.

Principal Robin Callens, Port Rowan Public School (left), Kim Shippey, Executive Director of United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk (right) – supplies being dropped off

For the third year in a row, our United Way has responded to the overwhelming need in the communities of Haldimand and Norfolk and is assisting more than 650 school children with new school supplies. In 2018, United Way launched Stuff the Bus and helped more than 125 school children. In its third year, the numbers have skyrocketed to over 650 children.

“Back to school shopping should be an exciting time for students, but for hundreds and hundreds of children across Haldimand and Norfolk, this is a luxury they never get to enjoy. We are thrilled to have received a very substantial donation of all new school supplies from an anonymous donor, as well as donations of school items from the congregation of Faith Centennial United Church in Selkirk and the generous support from 100 Women Who Care Haldimand, Roulston’s staff, downtown Simcoe and Unilever staff. Through this collective effort, we will ensure that even more children across our communities are ready for their school experience”, says Kim Shippey, Executive Director, United Way Haldimand and Norfolk.

Working directly with schools across Haldimand and Norfolk, our goal is to provide local students with the supplies they need to succeed, regardless of family income. This year, as a direct result of COVID-19, the need is even greater.

If your school in Haldimand or Norfolk is in need of school supplies for students, contact

Judy Tomczak, Executive Assistant/Bookkeeper at United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk

[email protected] or phone (519) 426-5660

Impact Report

Impact Report 2019

We are thrilled to share with you our Impact Report which showcases and celebrates our 2019 campaign. This is your donation and collective impact in action. Thank you for helping to build a resilient and caring community where everyone thrives. We are incredibly grateful to all our donors, volunteers, agencies and partners for advocating for us, as together, we create lasting social change.

Thank you for ensuring that even more people in our community have the resources they need to build healthy, thriving lives. We couldn’t do it without you.

Local Love in a Global Crisis

Improving Lives Across Haldimand and Norfolk

The best thing we can do in a crisis is to look after each other. United Way has one goal in mind–to improve lives across Haldimand and Norfolk. With your support, our local United Way works to tackle the tough problems. In a crisis, we work rapidly with front-line agencies and our local governments to uncover the greatest needs and organize to achieve the greatest impact.

Our communities of Haldimand and Norfolk are made up of resilient and caring people. But we know that many people in our communities do not have the support system around them to prepare for COVID-19. Those who already face barriers, like poverty, homelessness and mental-illness, need even more help during this crisis. And the need continues to evolve.

Below is a list of programs and services who received additional funding to meet emerging needs as a direct result of COVID-19.

NEW HORIZONS 55+ SENIORS FUND

Food preparation (hot/cold), food sourcing, food delivery

Food sourcing, food preparation

Food delivery to Dunnville Food Bank, Salvation Army and Seniors within the Dunnville area

LIBRO CREDIT UNION

Virtual support platform for individual, family and 1:1 group support

Virtual mentoring support platform and individualized packages for Littles

Food sourcing and delivery

Post COVID-19 transportation for clients to attend the Wellness and Recovery Centre, Peer Support Program client outings and appointments

Virtual fitness classes for seniors, take-out no-contact meal program, meal preparation, food sourcing and food delivery

Food preparation, food sourcing, food delivery

Technology and IT support for virtual family visitation 

Food sourcing and delivery 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and hand sanitizer for clients and staff

Online platforms to assist children in reading development plus training for volunteers for online instruction

Virtual mental well-being counselling sessions for their clients

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