Communities across Windsor-Essex join the fight against poverty

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Tullio DiPonti, Campaign Cabinet Chair, UNIFOR Local 2458, Lorraine Goddard, CEO, United Way and Matt Brannagan, United Way Board Chair, FCA Canada at the 2018 Kick-Off in the City on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018

Media Release
September 28, 2018

Windsor, ON – Today, Matt Brannagan, Chair of the United Way Board of Directors and Senior Director of Dealer Network Operations at FCA Canada, along with Lorraine Goddard, United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County CEO, rallied supporters to show their local love and raise funds in the fight against poverty. United Way supports a network of funded partners which help kids, families and seniors. It’s a campaign that reaches across the region, with an impact that is fiercely local.

“United Way has hundreds of workplaces and volunteers supporting our annual fundraising campaign, and it’s important that they know how much they’re valued,” says Brannagan at the Serbian Centre in Windsor.  “They’re our champions who will reach out to the community and ask people to support of United Way’s targeted strategies.”

This year’s SHOW YOUR LOCAL LOVE launch shows the donors involved in creating change and highlights issues that are #unignorable – like isolation among newcomer families and seniors, childhood poverty, mental health and the need to support priority neighbourhoods.

“Some of the numbers are going in the wrong direction when it comes to low income rates in this community and we need to act now to change that,” says Goddard.

Goddard and Brannagan were joined by Tullio DiPonti, President of UNIFOR Local 2458, which is this year’s Campaign Lead Sponsor.

“Every donation is important, no matter the size,” says DiPonti. “One small act of local love can change a life, whether you’re donating, volunteering, or advocating for your community.”

“If one act of local love can change a life, many supporters can improve a community and help people live better in all the ways that are important – mental health, physical, social and economic wellbeing, and creating a more inclusive community,” says Goddard.

United Way’s goal is to impact local lives by bringing the time, talent and financial resources of the community together to help make this an even better place to live, work and raise a family. United Way is 100% local – donations collected stay in this community.

This year’s Kick-Off for County supporters will take place in the evening at Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery on Oct. 2. Register at

To learn how United Way donors are impacting local lives, watch the videos:




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