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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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211 – A Resource You Can Turn To For Assistance

211 – A Resource You Can Turn To For Assistance

211’s telephone line and online directory help Canadians deal with life’s challenges. The service connects users with vital community and social resources, close to home and specific to their needs. From basic needs like housing and food, to support for seniors and children, to responding to crisis situations, 211 is there.

People in crisis receive immediate attention, and those needing ongoing support always have a place to turn.

United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk is a proud founding partner of 211 in Canada, providing funding and support for the program, and working to make its services available to all Canadians.