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.

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.

Before
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!

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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].

Day of Caring at Norfolk Pregnancy & Family Resource Centre

Day of Caring at Norfolk Pregnancy & Family Resource Centre

On June 30, an amazing team of Volunteers from CIBC volunteered at the Norfolk Pregnancy & Family Resource Centre for the United Way Day of Caring.

It takes a village..

Several truckloads of unusable electronics, drywall, appliances, etc. were removed and taken for recycling and repurposing.  Donations of clothing & diapers were sorted and shelved in the Norfolk Pregnancy & Family Resource Centre’s Care Closet.  Pipes were painted and friendships forged.

Marie Mitchell of the Norfolk Pregnancy & Family Resource Centre states, “We at NPC are so fortunate to be a part of the United Way, as well, we were able to create a new partnership with the wonderful people at CIBC.   We look forward to working together with them in the future.  Thank you United Way, for such an amazing program like the United Way Day of Caring.”

Meaghan Bowler of CIBC states, “The Day of Caring is a humbling, gratifying experience to see your efforts directly reflected in making our community a better place for all!”

United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk’s Day of Caring events will be taking place in Haldimand and Norfolk counties over the summer.  “It’s wonderful to be able to immediately see the impact of your volunteer work,” states Brittany Burley, Executive Director of United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk.  “The volunteers from CIBC took on several very large jobs and everyone came together as a team to get this important work done for a very valuable community organization.  We are so thankful for their support and desire to make positive change in our community.”

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Day of Caring at Haldimand Abilities Centre a Success!

Day of Caring at Haldimand Abilities Centre a Success!

United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk held 2016’s first Day of Caring event on June 22nd at the Haldimand Abilities Centre in partnership with Farm Credit Canada’s Simcoe office.  The event was a great success with volunteers from Farm Credit Canada working hard to beautify the sensory garden at the Haldimand Abilities Centre.  After a full morning of weed pulling, hedge trimming 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.

Volunteers from Farm Credit Canada visited the Haldimand Abilities Centre to help them beautify their sensory garden.
Volunteers from Farm Credit Canada visited the Haldimand Abilities Centre to help them beautify their sensory garden.

“Thank you so much to United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk for connecting us with Farm Credit Canada in Simcoe,” states Lorraine Skarratt, Coordinator of the Haldimand Abilities Centre. “The team did an amazing job and made the Haldimand Abilities Centre garden look beautiful again. Their hard work was greatly appreciated and so many of our participants have expressed how happy they are to use the garden. We have some great programs for the summer and thanks to Farm Credit Canada we will be utilizing this lovely outdoor space.”

Volunteers from Farm Credit Canada busy at work in the garden.
Volunteers from Farm Credit Canada busy at work in the garden.

This Day of Caring event was the first of several that will be taking place in Haldimand and Norfolk counties over the summer.  “I’m happy to say that our first Day of Caring event was a great success,” states Brittany Burley, Executive Director of United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk.  “The volunteers from Farm Credit Canada worked hard and did an incredible job beautifying the garden.  We really appreciate their commitment to our community.”

A group of volunteers from Farm Credit Canada working on the Haldimand Abilities Centre's sensory garden.
A group of volunteers from Farm Credit Canada working on the Haldimand Abilities Centre’s sensory garden.

Please contact Brittany Burley at [email protected] if you’re interested in participating in a Day of Caring event.