We are in the News!

United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk is in the News:

 Check out your local newspaper (Simcoe Reformer, Port Dover Maple Leaf and Haldimand Press) to see our ad expressing our thanks to those who helped to make 2017 a success. Thank you for helping us make a difference in the Haldimand and Norfolk communities.

Stuff the Bus

We are still looking for volunteer Jail Birds for our Jail & Bail event and this is the last weekend for our Stuff the Bus school supplies drive. Donate at our locations: Superstore (Simcoe), Zehrs (Caledonia), Giant Tiger (Hagersville & Dunnville).

Look for the yellow bus.

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

Fanshawe Student Union Donates $567.85!

Crystal and Dena from Fanshawe Student Union came into our office today to present us with a donation of $567.85!  This money was raised at their 1st Annual Family Fun Day that was held on June 4 and Fanshawe College.

Brittany Burley accepts the donation from Crystal and Dena of Fanshawe Student Union.
Brittany Burley accepts the donation from Crystal and Dena of Fanshawe Student Union.

We’re so thankful that their Student Union chose to support us with their 1st Annual Family Fun Day! Thanks for your support!

Fanshawe Student Union's 1st Annual Family Fun Day
Fanshawe Student Union’s 1st Annual Family Fun Day

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.

True Experience Raises over $1,000 for the United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk

True Experience Raises over $1,000 for the United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk

True Experience Supportive Housing & Community Work Program held a fundraiser Car Wash/Bake Sale/BBQ in support of the United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk.

Katie Zimmer, Christian Doan, Brittany Burley & Sandie Heirwegh
Presenting the cheque for $1071.10 to Brittany Burley, Executive Director of the United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk, is Christian Doan of True Experience. Others pictured are far left, Katie Zimmer who helped co-ordinate the event and far right, Sandie Heirwegh, Executive Director, True Experience.

True Experience is the newest member agency of the United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk. With the support of United Way, clients of True Experience enjoy Club TRUE, which is a social recreation program designed to foster a healthy lifestyle.

United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk supports a network of twelve member agencies that provide sixteen programs that help residents of both counties. These programs focus on three key areas: 1) From Poverty to Possibility, 2) All That Kids Can Be, 3) Healthy People, Strong Communities.

“We are excited to partner with True Experience on a program that helps so many people in Dunnville live fuller lives, while enjoying a sense of belonging”, said Brittany Burley. “We look forward to future involvement in this community.”