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!

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].

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

2016 Campaign Premiere Kick-Off

2016 Campaign Premiere Kick-Off

United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk presents their Campaign Premiere Gala & Red Carpet Social!
United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk is kicking off their 2016 Campaign with glitz and glamour!  From August 22nd – 25th, they’ll be travelling to a community near you to present you with an evening of fun.  Enjoy a red carpet social and movie night as you learn more about the impact United Way is having on your community.

Red carpet hosts will be ready to greet you on the red carpet at 6:00 PM.  Prepare to pose for the paparazzi as you are escorted into the event.  Socialize with other guests as you enjoy fresh strawberries dipped in a chocolate fountain and visit the Oscar Gifting Lounge.  Be sure to get your snacks from the concession stand before the presentation begins at 7:30 PM.  United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk will share information with you about the great work that’s been taking place in our community and announce their 2016 Campaign Goal.  Following this presentation, a screening of the movie “The Pursuit of Happyness” will take place.

 

Event Location Details:

Monday August 22nd: Dunnville Community Lifespan Centre – 275 Ramsey Drive, Dunnville
Tickets available at United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk (45 Kent Street North, Simcoe)
or at True Experience – 201 Forest Street East in Dunnville

Tuesday August 23rd: Backstage Capitol Theatre – 93 King Street, Delhi
Tickets available at United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk (45 Kent Street North, Simcoe)
or at Dave’s Variety – 468 James Street, Delhi

Wednesday August 24th: Caledonia Lions Hall – 100 Haddington Street, Caledonia
Tickets available at United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk (45 Kent Street North, Simcoe)
or Community Support Centre of Haldimand-Norfolk – 103 Inverness Street, Caledonia

Thursday August 25th: Royal Canadian Legion – 200 West Street, Simcoe
Tickets available at United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk (45 Kent Street North, Simcoe)

UWHN Silent Auction raises $2,355!

United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk Silent Auction raises $2,355!

On Saturday, July 16, United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk held a silent auction in Cayuga during their annual Cayuga Fest. Thanks to the generous donations from local business owners, United Way was able to raise $2,355! These funds will go towards helping three key focus areas in our community; helping kids be all that they can be, raising people from poverty to possibility, and fostering healthy people through strong communities. A big thank you goes out to everyone who came out to support United Way as well as all of the businesses who donated! We were fortunate to have 70 items to auction off from the following sponsors:

  • Ace
  • Ancaster Family Chiropractic
  • Applegate and James
  • Boston Pizza
  • Brenda Palmer Vooys – Pampered Chef
  • Bulk Barn, Simcoe
  • Cayuga Golf Club
  • Carters Men’s and Ladies Wear
  • Cayuga Pets N’ More
  • Caledo Nails
  • Cayuga Car Wash
  • Charles West Security
  • David’s Restaurant
  • De Koning Meats
  • D & D’s Jarvis
  • Dennis Searles
  • Debb’s Cuisine
  • deBoer’s Maple Trees
  • deBoer Cabinets Inc.
  • Eising’s Greenhouse
  • Foodland
  • Foto Source
  • Grand River Dinner Cruise
  • Greens at Renton
  • Gospel Lighthouse – Simcoe
  • Haldimand Curling Club
  • Home Hardware Caledonia
  • Haldimand Hands on Health
  • Hanson’s Meats
  • Halmo Jewellers
  • Jordan Stewart
  • Joanne Heeg – Tupperware
  • Katheleen Ellis
  • Ken Nash Paint and Wallpaper
  • Klassic Coconut
  • Koncir Automotive
  • K Cups Plus
  • Loose Leaf Tea
  • Lynn Meadows Golf and Country Club
  • Leons – Simcoe
  • Lighthouse Festival Theatre
  • Marineland
  • Nuts n’ Bulk Food Company
  • Premier Equipment
  • Pro Fit Health Club
  • Proctor Marine
  • Robin deBoer
  • Romancing the Stones
  • Shelly’s Family Dining
  • Starlight Engraving
  • Sweet Retrospect
  • Towpath on the Grand
  • The Barrel Restaurant
  • The Blue Barn
  • The Brick, Simcoe
  • The Circle Game
  • The Gay Blade
  • Zaandi Yoga Studio
  • 13 Reasons

United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk Hosts Baseball Tournament

United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk Hosts Baseball Tournament

On Saturday, July 9, five teams got together to play baseball in support of United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk. The games took place at Townsend Lions Park from 9 AM – 3 PM including a BBQ lunch. The winning team, “Brew Jays,” received Blue Jays tickets. A special thanks to deBoer Cabinets Inc. of Cayuga for sponsoring this event. Altogether, $1561 was raised to go towards United Way’s Annual Campaign. Thanks to all the teams for their support!

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.”

Day of Caring

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.

United Way Launches Annual Campaign

United Way Launches Annual Campaign at Barbeques

The United Way of Haldimand Norfolk officially launched its 2015 campaign on Friday, August 28th with two events. These took place at Turkstra Lumber in Simcoe and Dunnville both hosted fundraising barbeques which the United Way used as a springboard to announce its 2015 campaign goal.

“We’re going to raise $450,000 this year,” said Neil Dring, executive director. The money will go to support 33 social service programs throughout Haldimand and Norfolk counties which are provided by 12 member agency partners.

Over the next three months, the United Way’s volunteer campaign cabinet will be approaching local businesses and asking them to participate in workplace campaigns, host fundraising events and make donations. “Workplace campaigns are the bread and butter of United Way support,” said Dring, thanking everyone who has participated in the past and encouraging new supporters.

United Way also announced a new funding initiative called Community Venture Grants which will provide one-time funding for local social service ventures requiring seed-money or improvements. Sixty-thousand dollars has been set aside for community groups meeting the United Way’s community investment requirements. Applications for funding and criteria are available on the United Way’s website.

For more information contact Neil Dring at [email protected] or call 519-426-5660 or Kelly Morin-Currie, President 519 426-8545.

About The United Way of Haldimand & Norfolk We are a registered charity and one of 112 United Way agencies across Canada. We are dedicated to improving the lives of residents in Haldimand and Norfolk counties and money raised by our United Way provide funding for 33 social service programs at 13 local agencies. These programs help thousands of people throughout Haldimand & Norfolk each year. For more information, please visit www.unitedwayhn.on.ca