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United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County
September 19, 2023
Cleaner & Greener: United Way’s successful clean-up campaign to support downtown residents
In an inspiring display of community spirit, United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County, the City of Windsor, CUPE 82 and Rocket Innovation Studio, came together to host over 70 people for a community clean up on September 13th, 2023. Volunteers
On Thursday, November 9, 2023, United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County, in partnership with the Windsor & District Labour Council (WDLC), will host the 46th annual Labour Appreciation Night at the Ciociaro Club of Windsor, honouring the recipient of the Charles E. Brooks Labour Community Service Award, Tony Sisti, Chair of Unifor Local 1973 Retired Workers Chapter.
United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County funds 31 community service organizations through the Community Services Recovery Fund
The Community Services Recovery Fund (CSRF) is a $400 million investment from the Government of Canada to support charities and non-profits as they focus on how to adapt their organizations for pandemic recovery. United Way Centraide Canada was one of three national intermediaries, selected to administer funding.
United Way Windsor-Essex County is making a strong final fundraising push for their summer programs and ask the public for help reaching the goal
United Way launches annual summer programs across Windsor-Essex County – Summer Eats for Kids & Backpacks for Success
United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County launches their annual summer programs fundraising campaign this month. United Way’s Summer Programs include two innovative strategies that support children throughout the summer months and help prepare them for their upcoming school year.
On Thursday June 15th, United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County in partnership with the Windsor & District Labour Council presented the 3rd Annual John Toth Community Champion Legacy Award to longtime United Way supporter Roger Dzugan.
To honour the memory of Charles E. Brooks as an outstanding community-minded citizen, United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County created the Charles E. Brooks Labour Community Service Award. Nominations for the Award are invited from all local unions in Windsor and Essex County – any member in good standing of a bonafide Trade Union will be eligible for consideration.
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A key pillar of the On Track To Success (OTTS) program is the wrap-around supports available to each student and their family. You might ask, what exactly does wrap-around supports mean? Danielle, the parent of an OTTS student, tells us in her own words what these supports are and the positive impact they have had on her daughter as well as her whole family.
Caesars Windsor Cares is providing a corporate gift of $20,000 to support this important program. Parents and caregivers play a critical role in their child’s educational journey towards graduation and a successful future. Caesars Windsor Cares recognizes the importance of providing supports to parents and caregivers as they help their children navigate and pursue their education.
March 30, 2023
On Track to Pay it Forward – Mohamed’s Story
The On Track to Success program provided support that was crucial for Mohamed to succeed and had a big impact on his life. He was able to connect with a tutor who understood his learning style and helped him get through that very difficult time. “Without that help, I would not have been able to pass my class. I am forever thankful for the support that I received from the OTTS program.” says Mohamed.
May 3, 2023
CELEBRATING WOMEN WHO INSPIRE US EVENT
Women United’s annual Celebrating Women Who Inspire Us presented by Green Shield Canada luncheon is the signature event of United Way’s Women United program. It brings together people in the community for an inspirational event, featuring a keynote speaker, as well as information about the Women United and its impact in the community.
March 23, 2023
Release: Ford Windsor Operations, UNIFOR Locals 200 & 240, business partners raise $500,907 in support of United Way Windsor-Essex County
Ford Windsor Operations, Unifor Local 200 and Local 240, Leadec Industrial Services and Penske Logistics are proud to announce a $500,907 donation to United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County as part of its annual fundraising efforts in support of local children and youth.
March 10, 2023
iMove for United Way raises over $25K for Ignite Academy
Windsor, ON – United Way’s third annual signature fundraising event – iMove for United Way presented by St. Clair College and St. Clair College Alumni Association – raised $25,415 (and counting) throughout February and March. Funds raised through the event will help local children through Ignite Academy.
February 15, 2023
3rd Annual Virtual iMove for United Way to raise funds for local kids in Ignite Academy
Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County wants the community to get up, get moving, and challenge themselves to be physically active as part of the third annual virtual fundraiser, called iMove for United Way presented by St. Clair College and St. Clair College Alumni Association, focused on raising much needed funds for Ignite Academy. Registration is open NOW and the event starts Monday, February 20, 2023.
February 2, 2023
On Tuesday, March 7th from 4pm to 8pm, join United Way/Centraide Windsor Essex County and the Windsor & District Labour Council at Harbour House Waterfront Eatery for Tampon Tuesday!
January 12, 2023
On Track to Success Continues to Shine
The On Track to Success program continues to make an incredible impact on hundreds of local youth in West Windsor, Downtown Windsor and Leamington. It’s because of donors – like you – that we’re able to support these incredible students in their journey through high school and into post-secondary education.
January 17, 2023
Community Services Recovery Fund – Local Information Sessions
United Way Centraide Windsor-Essex will be administering the Community Services Recovery Fund in both Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent. Join our local Zoom information sessions in January & February.
January 6, 2023
United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County takes part in the Community Services Recovery Fund – a $400 million investment in charities and non-profits
Now more than ever, Community Service Organizations (charities, non-profits, and Indigenous Governing Bodies) are playing a key role in addressing persistent and complex social problems faced by all Canadians. The Community Services Recovery Fund is a $400 million investment from the Government of Canada to support charities, non-profits, and Indigenous Governing Bodies as they focus on how to adapt their organizations for pandemic recovery.
December 7, 2022
Give or Get Help this Holiday Season from 211
Our partners at 211 have created the Holiday Sharing Guide – a tool that provides information on how to give help to those in need and how to get help during this holiday season. Learn more about local gift and toy programs, food drives and community holiday meals available throughout Windsor-Essex County.
October 26, 2022
Release: 2022 Impact Report to the community
Thanks to local residents and donors, United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County is helping kids succeed from Cradle to Career. On Tuesday, we released our 2021-2022 Annual Impact Report to the Community, highlighting the progress that has been made to help local children overcome barriers to academic success.
November 29, 2022
United Way celebrates 75th anniversary with 75-hour campaign to raise funds for Ignite Academy
To celebrate this incredible milestone, they are taking the opportunity to raise funds to help local kids. Starting today on Giving Tuesday, and for the next 75 hours, United Way will be spreading the message about Ignite Academy, a new out-of-school program that will support local kids from Grades 2 to 7 to help them succeed academically, while wrapping other supports around the kids and their families.
November 25, 2022
Summer Programs Report
This past summer, we delivered the Summer Eats for Kids and Backpacks for Success programs in three priority neighbourhoods of West Windsor, Downtown Windsor and Leamington. We are pleased to be able to share the 2022 Summer Programs Impact Report with you.
October 18, 2022
Get Out to Vote | a ProsperUs Initiative
On October 24, 2022 you have the power to vote for Mayor, and your City Councillor and School Board Trustee. Your vote is your tool for selecting who is representing you in making decisions that impact your life. Find voter information at www.weunlockpotential.com/vote
October 17, 2022
The Reality of Poverty
October 17 marks the International Day from Eradication of Poverty (IDEP). In Windsor-Essex County, just like around the world, thousands of children and youth are experiencing poverty or are stuck without a clear path to success. In some local neighbourhoods, as many as 1 in 3 children are growing up in low-income households.
September 26, 2022
Charles Brooks Award honours avid community activist
On Thursday, November 3, 2022, United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County, in partnership with the Windsor & District Labour Council (WDLC), will host the 45th annual Labour Appreciation Night at the Ciociaro Club of Windsor, honouring the recipient of the Charles E. Brooks Labour Community Service Award, Phil Lyons, CUPW Local 630.
August 15, 2022
United Way’s Summer Eats for Kids and Backpacks for Success Continue in August across Windsor-Essex County
As planned, United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County will continue their summer programs for the next two weeks, until the end of August.
Students participating in the On Track to Success Ujima Initiative have been busy over the last few months, and we wanted to share the highlights. Richie and Subomi share how On Track and the Ujima initiative have helped them so far.
RELEASE: United Way launches their annual summer programs fundraising campaign this month – Summer Eats for Kids & Backpacks for Success.
RELEASE & VIDEO: ProsperUs, a collective of Windsor-Essex community partners is launching Ignite Academy, a new out-of-school solution designed to improve math and literacy skills for children between Grades 2 and 7, while providing wrap-around support for families. A large gathering of community partners celebrated the long-awaited announcement at General Brock Public School.
RELEASE: Rebuilding Wheels Rebuilding Lives, a community partnership that supports local families with a reliable vehicle, is handing over the keys to three donated cars this week, while the student mechanics who helped refurbish them celebrate their own accomplishments.
April 29, 2022
Stellantis employees and retirees pledge largest donation for United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County 2021-22 campaign
RELEASE: Stellantis employee and retiree combined contribution to the annual United Way campaign totals $831,216.22…
We’re celebrating our volunteers this week – and every week! Holley is a volunteer tutor in On Track to Success. She and one of her students, Tatianna, talk about how they both grew as a result of their involvement in the program.
April 13, 2022
Ford Windsor Operations raises $508,059 for Building a Brighter Future campaign in support of United Way
RELEASE: Ford Windsor Operations, Unifor Local 200 and Local 240, Leadec Industrial Services and Penske Logistics are proud to announce a $508,059 donation to United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County as part of its annual fundraising efforts in support of local children and youth. WATCH VIDEO
RELEASE: ProsperUs community leaders have reached a $7.8-million fundraising milestone in the ongoing effort to eliminate child poverty in the Windsor and Essex County region.
RELEASE: United Way’s second annual youth mental health fundraising event – iMove for United Way presented by St. Clair College and St. Clair College Alumni Association – raised $40,320 (and counting) throughout February and March.
January 17, 2022
Open Letter in advance of the provincial-municipal housing summit on January 19, 2022
In advance of the provincial-municipal housing summit planned for January 19, our broad partnership of social service organizations, grassroots and community networks and United Way Centraides across Ontario are calling on elected provincial and municipal representatives and officials for urgent action on affordable housing.
January 24, 2022
Understanding the experiences of local residents key to building more resilient families
For United Way, it’s important that families have access to supports that can strengthen children in reaching their potential, including nutritious food and mental health counselling, social inclusion, and access to transportation and housing to build more stable, resilient families.
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December 1, 2021
The Ujima Initiative: Black Youth Empowerment
United Way is committed to collaborate with, support and empower Black youth in the community. One way we’re taking action is the Ujima initiative.
December 3, 2021
#UNEVENT4UJIMA raises over $30K for Black youth in United Way’s On Track to Success Program
RELEASE – United Way’s Emerging Philanthropists hosted its second annual UNevent fundraiser, raising over $32K towards the launch of the Ujima initiative for Black youth in United Way’s On Track to Success program.
November 25, 2021
Meaningful conversations with family can start with a planned gift
United Way donor, Kyle Kootstra, says conversations about philanthropy can help create a sense of identity and legacy among family members, specifically the younger generation.
November 2, 2021
Rocket Innovation Studio Teams Up with United Way to Create ‘Living in My Shoes’ Simulation
RELEASE: Rocket Innovation Studio and United Way announce the launch of the ‘Living in My Shoes’ simulation – a program enabling the public to get a glimpse of what life is like for those living with barriers such as a lack of access to fresh and nutritious food, technology, reliable transportation and mental health support.
November 19, 2021
Charles Brooks Award honours unionist with ties to migrant workers
RELEASE – United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County, in partnership with the Windsor & District Labour Council, will host the 44th annual Virtual Labour Appreciation Night next week, honouring the recipient of the Charles E. Brooks Labour Community Service Award, Elizabeth Ha, OPSEU Local 154.
September 1, 2021
Message to the Community – Discoveries at Residential Schools
Over the past several months, gruesome discoveries of unmarked graves continue to be made at the sites of previous residential schools in Canada.