Bostwick Community Centre, London, ON - Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - United Way Elgin
Middlesex is celebrating exponential impact today, thanks to thousands of acts of
local love by donors, volunteers and community partners across the region. The non-profit
organization's second annual Impact Celebration, happening at Bostwick Community
Centre, is sponsored by McCormick Canada.
Over 100 of United Way's closest supporters will gather to celebrate impact across
the region and to be inspired by keynote speaker, Trishul Jotangia, a 10-year volunteer
at Learning Disabilities Association of London Region. Guests will also hear an
update on year two of London for All, the City of London's United Way-led initiative
to end poverty in a generation.
"United Way is the catalyst that ignites local love across the region," says Kelly
Ziegner, CEO, United Way Elgin Middlesex. "We invest in programs, volunteers and
solutions that create an exponential impact right here at home. United Way changes
lives, one person at a time."
- United Way invests millions of dollars in our community. United Way is the largest
non-government funder of social services in Elgin and Middlesex counties. This year,
we are investing a total of $7 million in strategic leadership, community-building
initiatives and 92 programs and services at 54 local agencies. Our five-year investment
in local communities totals $40 million.
- United Way leverages thousands of volunteers. Our $7 million investment leverages
3,590 volunteers at United Way funded programs who contribute an additional $5,650,525
dollars-worth of their time and talent to our community.
- Our trusted voice champions solutions to end poverty, homelessness and social isolation
at community and government planning tables. United Way participates in the London
Homelessness Coalition, the Child and Youth Network and the St. Thomas Community
Leader's Cabinet. These are just a few of the ways we provide strategic leadership
and advocate for our community.
- We meet urgent needs and lead long-term solutions. United Way collected and distributed
$299,906 in products to food banks, schools and community agencies to meet basic,
urgent needs like menstrual hygiene products for women living in poverty and backpacks
and warm boots for kids and families.
United Way is also at the helm of long-term strategies like London for All, our
city's roadmap to end poverty in a generation. At the end of year two, 52 out of
112 recommendations are complete, and 60 more are in motion.
"One act of local love – one donation, one hour of volunteering, one knapsack for
a kid starting school – sets off a chain reaction in our community, an unstoppable
force for good that makes life better for vulnerable people," says Ziegner.
"When everyone gets the opportunity to build a better life, our whole community
About United Way Elgin Middlesex
United Way is a movement of people working to ensure that every person in every
community across our region has the opportunity to reach their full potential. As
the largest non-government funder of social services in Elgin and Middlesex counties,
we tackle #Unignorable issues linked to poverty and social exclusion through strategic
leadership, advocacy and investments in 92 programs at 54 partnerships proven to
get results. Donations stay 100% local, always.
Community Fund allocations
United Way Elgin Middlesex will invest in 79 programs at 50 agencies in our region.
Funding decisions are made by trained Allocations Volunteers and our Board of Directors,
both committed to meeting the community's most pressing needs.
Strategic investments and special projects
United Way responds to changing needs in our community with strategic funding to
projects that address new and emerging issues.
This year, United Way will fund an additional 13 projects through multiple partners,
including 211, New Beginnings Loan Fund, the Betty Want Scholarship and Youth United.
United Way works as a catalyst to engage and empower all sectors in our community
to come together. Examples include London for All, London Homelessness Coalition,
the Child and Youth Network and the St. Thomas Community Leader's Cabinet.
Addressing immediate needs through donated products
United Way collects and distributes thousands of products that meet urgent basic
needs, including menstrual hygiene products, winter boots and backpacks for kids
Donor directed funds
Donors can designate a gift to any registered charity through United Way.
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