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 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.


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


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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United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk COVID-19 Response

United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk COVID-19 Response

I hope this email finds you safe and well. I wanted to be sure to reach out to you directly, our valued and committed supporters. At this time of great concern for us all, I sincerely hope that you and your loved ones are in good health. In terms of activity at your United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk, I can assure you that we are following government advice and have put strict measures in place to protect our team and our volunteers. As a result, our United Way office at 23 Argyle Street is closed, but you can always reach me directly via email at [email protected].

I have reached out directly to all the agencies that we support to ensure that they know United Way is there to help.  We will be posting various messages on our social media platforms, both on our website www.unitedwayhn.on.ca  and our Facebook page, from our agencies, as they provide updates on their plans and next steps with COVID-19.   

I am enormously proud of the outstanding roles that our agencies continue to play to ensure that those they serve are supported. Thank you for all you do to advocate on their behalf.  Please ensure that you stay healthy. We are, and always will be, stronger together. With gratitude and my very best wishes.

Kim Shippey, Executive Director

[email protected]

H-N REACH COVID-19 Response Plan


H-N REACH COVID-19 Response Plan

H-N REACH is committed to protecting the health and safety of our service participants, employees and  communities. 

In an effort to slow the transmission of COVID-19 across our communities, we are now taking the following precautions:

  • All agency work sites will be closed to the public.
  • All H-N REACH employees will refrain from attending other work sites or public meetings.
  • H-N REACH programs will not be providing any face-to-face services.
  • We will provide support and appointments to service participants by telephone and video.
  • Our Child and Youth Crisis Service continues to be available via phone. 

All of the above measures will be in effect until further notice.

Please feel free to be in touch if you have any questions about our plan. 

You are also welcome to call our office if you wish to make a referral or speak to any of our employees.


Leo Massi, Executive Director

Haldimand-Norfolk R.E.A.C.H.

101 Nanticoke Creek Parkway

Townsend, ON,   N0A 1S0

T.519-587-2441 Ext. 251  1-800-265-8087 F.   519-587-2682

Update Covid-19 Community Support Centre

Update Covid-19 Community Support Centre

As we are all aware, the situation with the Coronavirus Pandemic across our country and the world is evolving minute by minute. It is our goal to ensure that the health, security and well-being of our clients, employees, their families, friends and other loved ones. Based on the most recent direction from the Provincial Government we believe it is in the best interest of everyone to temporarily close our doors. The Centre will be closed until Monday, April 6th, 2020. 

All renters will have access to their offices, we do request they follow the recommendations from all levels of government. Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer, sneeze and cough into your sleeve, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, avoid contact with people who are sick, stay home if you are sick. Above all please practice social distancing. We want to ensure that we do our best  to ‘flatten the curve’ and protect the most vulnerable in our society. For the safety of everyone, we would recommend that you don’t see clients at this location. 

If you have any questions or concerns please contact me. 


Andrea Gee, Executive Director

Community Support Centre Haldimand-Norfolk 

(905) 765-4408


Scotiabank Simcoe are Community Champions for United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk

Scotiabank Simcoe are Community Champions for United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk

Kim Shippey, Executive Director for United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk (left), Wes Keenan, Scotiabank Simcoe Branch Manager (middle) and Candy Neil, Scotiabank Customer Experience Lead (right)

Scotiabank in Simcoe presented United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk with a cheque for $2,750.00.

We are incredibly grateful for this outstanding gift from Scotiabank Simcoe. Through their community investment strategy and focus on supporting causes at a grassroots level, this donation will benefit multiple organizations and programs resulting in a positive, measurable impact.

Kim Shippey, Executive Director – United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk

As a leader in social innovation, United Way drives change by investing in local programs that support the social sector to not only serve but solve social issues.

We are proud to continue our support of our local United Way.

Wes Keenan, Branch Manager – Scotiabank Simcoe

Through a collaborative effort, United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk funds services that ensure individuals, children and families have access to basic needs like food and shelter, while enabling them towards greater self-sufficiency. We continue to build strong relationships with local organizations and community champions, like Scotiabank.

Swiss Chalet Shows United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk A Little Love

Swiss Chalet Shows United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk A Little Love

Kim Shippey, United Way Executive Director (left) and Christine Casey, Assistant Manager, Swiss Chalet Simcoe (right)

Swiss Chalet Simcoe knows how to create a buzz through social media. As great community champions, Swiss Chalet is helping to boost the United Way message through a series of Facebook giveaways by donating four separate large gift baskets, each with a unique theme. The first basket they provided had a Valentine’s Day twist, filled with chocolates and a $100 gift card to the restaurant. Their next basket will be themed around Mother’s Day, followed by a July 1st celebration and a back to school basket for Labour Day weekend.

We recognize and applaud the outstanding support that the United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk provides to our community and we are thrilled to be a part of that impactful change.

John MacDonald, franchise owner of Simcoe Swiss Chalet

All you need to do to win is follow us on Facebook, be a local resident and like, share and comment on the contest posts and you could take home one of these fabulous baskets. Our Valentines basket reached an astounding 49,915 people with over 10,000 engagements.

We can’t thank Swiss Chalet, Simcoe and John MacDonald enough for providing an avenue for our United Way to share our message to so many people. The need for social services continues to grow in our communities. Thank you, John and your team, for helping us to spread this message through our social media platform and gain more followers and champions for United Way.

Kim Shippey, Executive Director of United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk

When you support United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk, you are helping a multitude of services through community programs that offer basic needs like food, shelter, programs for seniors to enhance their lives, much-needed school supplies for children in need across Haldimand and Norfolk and a supportive environment for those living with mental illness.

To donate a gift basket from your local business please contact us today. You can be a part of impactful change today.