November 6, 2017
Windsor, ON – United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County has spent 70 years supporting the most vulnerable people in our community and is focused on making measurable change right here at home. To celebrate helping 4 million people in their time of need, and to thank the many supporters who have contributed to changing local lives, United Way is holding a reunion and 7-decade exhibit at the Caboto Club on November 10, 2017. The entire community is invited to celebrate our community’s modern history, as one of the most generous communities in Canada.
While preparing for the reunion event United Way revisited some of the groundbreaking work it has done in our Windsor and Essex County. In 1968, at the request of Windsor City Council, United Community Services (pre-United Way) completed an extensive study of daycare needs in the Windsor area.
The report demonstrated that there was an urgent need for such a facility in the city to support working mothers, especially moms who were not in a position to pay for child care. The recommendation was supported by the city and United Way was consulted on how these services would be established. The United Community Services Committee also recommended an awareness campaign. This awareness program was an attempt to reach not only parents but employers, labour unions, and the media to communicate the value of adequate day care for the whole community.
“To this day, we are still focused on helping kids and families succeed,” says Lorraine Goddard, CEO of United Way Windsor-Essex County. “We are consistently humbled by the generosity of the people of Windsor and Essex County, and we are profoundly grateful to be celebrating 70 years of working together with the community to change lives. And we look forward to another 70 years, with your support.”
This event is about looking to the past, but also sharing how United Way has changed to meet the needs of the community over the years, and to talk about where it’s headed for the 70 years to come.
The 70 Years reUnited event is only possible thanks to the generosity of many local sponsors. Not one donor dollar will be spent on this wonderful event. Take a stroll down memory lane with United Way. Everyone is welcome to attend the 7-decade exhibit at 70 Years reUnited on November 10, 2017. Tickets are $35 or $25 for students or retirees. BUY TICKETS NOW.
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