Community Hub at King Albert Public School

United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes is excited to announce a special new summer Community Hub to take place at King Albert Public School through July 23-August 14, 2018. For some time, several agencies have discussed the idea of creating a hub model or “one roof” model for program delivery.  This type of model has worked in large urban centres and offers several programs and services in one location.  For families, this means one trip to one location with the ability of each member to attend a class, learn a skill, and take part in fun activities.  King Albert Public School became an obvious choice as a venue as it runs programs out of the school for three weeks every summer.

Thirteen agencies from across the City of Kawartha Lakes will come together for three weeks of programming to provide ease of access to several employment readiness workshops as well as a Cooking with Tweens program. Programming will work in tandem with Trillium Lakelands District School Board’s Summer Learning Program and EarlyON’s Ready for Kindergarten program.

Each agency will bring their own program to the Community Hub. The location of this hub model is easily accessible by walking or through local bussing. Workshops include SAIL (run by City of Kawartha Lakes), Personality Dimensions and FEAR (run by VCCS Employment Services), Job Readiness and Smart Serve Certification (run by JobQuest), Safe Food Handlers Certification (run by HKPR), Cooking with Tweens (run by John Howard Society) and Financial Literacy and Budgeting (run by JobQuest).

The team at United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes is excited to bring such incredible partners together. “Each partner is bringing programming, some are certified courses at minimal cost or free to help pilot this approach of having all services under one roof. Not only does the hub model provide ease of access for participants, but bringing these workshops to the same location as TLDSB’s Summer Learning Program and EarlyON’s Ready for K program will ensure that programming is accessible for parents and individuals,” says Penny Barton Dyke, United Way CKL Executive Director.

Monday August 13th will wrap up adult programming with a Community Fair celebration. Additional community partners who did not deliver a workshop, but are interested in supporting community members, will attend and provide resources for many of the workshop participants. Working in tandem with the agencies who will run the workshops, other Community Fair partners will include: Canadian Mental Health Association, Women’s Resources, Alternative Education, CHIMO, and Kawartha Lakes Police Services.

Along with programming, United Way CKL is funding a bagged lunch program for children in three areas of Lindsay on Wednesdays and Fridays each week from July 4th to August 31st. Kawartha Lakes Food Source, Salvation Army, HKPR, and Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition will recruit volunteers to prepare and distribute between 1,800-2,250 lunches over the course of the summer.  United Way CKL is still seeking donations of financial support for this program.

Anyone interested in more information should contact United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes at (705) 878-5081 or via email at Information brochures are also available at all participating agencies and will be distributed by King Albert P.S.


50th Anniversary Community Champions Touchdown Dinner an Unprecedented Success

Our 2018 Campaign Touchdown Dinner Event was our most successful yet. This year we were able to secure some incredible silent auction prizes and event sponsors to come away with over $5,000.00! Our guest speaker Denise Hepburn, retired 8-Wing Master Corporal, was an inspiration to all as she told her story of the incredible battle she has faced after suffering a C2 spinal injury in a training exercise: an injury with a 5% survival rate. She overcame the physical challenges and continues to deal with the mental health side of a life-long injury. Her fortitude helped drive her to compete in the 2017 Invictus Games in rowing, seated volleyball and swimming. She won four bronze medals in swimming. Denise spoke about the importance of having support systems like United Way in place for people who are suffering from mental health issues. She is proud to be able to bring awareness to mental health initiatives and hopes sharing her journey will encourage others to reach out for help, especially those dealing with PTSD.

We wish to sincerely thank our sponsors for this event, along with the VCCS Employment team for their incredible support of this event. Without you, there would be no way. Read more about the Touchdown event and our upcoming projects, as well as new volunteer opportunities in our Spring Newsletter!


Our 2018 Annual Curling Bonspiel Rocked! (we couldn’t resist)

What an incredible weekend we had at our Annual Curling Bonspiel! We had curlers of all ages and all skill levels join us for a day full of curling, prizes and food. Thank you to our amazing group of volunteers led by Audrey Quibell, who worked tirelessly to create yet another successful fundraiser for our campaign. Curlers, you “ROCK” (no pun intended)!  Check out our news section for photos and all of our thank yous. 





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