Crayola Canada—United Way CKL Community Garden Ground Breaking

United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes is embarking on a very exciting new Community Garden project in partnership with Crayola Canada, Fleming College Frost Campus, and Bob Mark New Holland. We have entered into a land use agreement to turn the 30,000 sq. ft. of unused land at Crayola Canada into our largest ever Community Garden! This garden will enhance the availability of fresh produce for programs such as the Good Food Box, collective kitchens, Meals on Wheels, cooking classes, food banks, and food cupboards.  Fleming College will provide expertise, while also offering students unique learning opportunities through school projects and volunteering. Bob Mark New Holland will be providing equipment and expertise as they volunteered to do our first ground breaking in October of 2018.

The community garden will be a closed space, fenced in and locked, with access limited to staff and
volunteers from United Way and Fleming College, as well as agencies involved in the programming. 
Community gardens yield more than food, they also provide many teaching opportunities and will draw people together socially and help strengthen our neighbourhoods.

See below for some pictures of our first ground breaking, on Monday October 15th, 2018.

The First Ground Breaking - Group Shot

The First Ground Breaking – Group Shot

Telecare Mona Hall Legacy Fund

Important Dates

  • Letter of Intent Due: November 2, 2018 
  • Invitation issued to applicants to begin application process by November 16, 2018
  • Application Deadline: November 30, 2019
  • Announcement of recipient will be January 4, 2019

Letter of Intent – Pdf version, MS Word Version

Application – Pdf version, MS Word Version

The Crayola Sale is almost here!

As Saturday, October 13th moves closer, plans for the 30th Annual Crayola Sale are well under way. This is an exciting event as last year, the team at Crayola achieved their goal of donating more than $1,000,000 to the United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes from the past 29 years of the sale.

Crayola Canada employees volunteer their time to help run the Sale and are also heavily reliant on help from the United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes and other dedicated volunteers. These employees and volunteers donate their time to help set up, run, and clean up after the event.

Crayola’s team is very enthusiastic about participating in this year’s sale. One Crayola Canada staff member expressed her pride: “United Way offers support to such a wide variety of people in a wide variety of ways especially the most vulnerable within our community. It’s good to know I contribute a tiny bit towards that.”

The excitement is in the air every year at the sale, another Crayola employee said

“I love to walk the line before people enter the building. They are always so excited. It’s great to hear what they are hoping to find and knowing what’s inside you can give them a bit of a head start as to where to look. It’s the energy of the line that truly gets me motivated for the event.”

Crayola Canada believes that every person in the community deserves an opportunity for a quality and colourful life:

“We are very fortunate that the annual Crayola Sale can assist children, youth, and adults in the City of Kawartha Lakes. The sale started simply as a yard sale with a few Crayola products added in. It was the beginning of a long-term relationship and, thanks to the efforts of countless volunteers from Crayola, the UWCKL, and the community, it has grown to its current form.”

The impact that the sale creates is both local and global. Several attendees return each year to purchase Crayola products for mission trips, some people going to Mexico and Cuba or even Zimbabwe! Other attendees purchase goods for Holiday presents, or as supplies for classrooms.

United Way is extremely grateful for their partnership with the Crayola Canada team and have recently launched an exciting development in this partnership. In 2019, Crayola Canada, Fleming College and United Way CKL will partner to develop 30,000 sq. ft. of unused land on the lot adjacent to the Crayola building into their largest Community Garden. Some of the funds raised at the 30th Annual Crayola Sale will go towards this Community Garden project, which will have the capacity to provide fresh produce to hundreds of people in the City of Kawartha Lakes.

The sale will take place on Saturday, October 13th from 8am-12pm at the Lindsay Exhibition Fairgrounds and is open to the public. All purchases at the sale must be made in cash.

Share Your Story – Inspire Other Workplace Campaigns

Tell us about your workplace’s United Way Campaign!

Our campaign vision:  to inspire one another to give, mentor and strengthen support of UWCKL’s community investments and our funded agencies.

We have amazing Individual donors and workplace donors.  Throughout the year we will continue to connect and thank them for their ongoing support.

This campaign will feature workplaces. 

Goal:  capture messages from workplaces that include:

  • How they participate—payroll/chili or soup cook-offs/ special events internally, (sharing ideas with other workplaces will inspire new ideas)
  • Customer and/or employee loyalty
  • Company-team building
  • Some workplaces designate to projects—i.e. community gardens, bonspiel event, bursary programs -(great dual branding and commitment & passion for a project)
  • Celebrate with partners their stories and milestones:  Crayola Canada will be hosting its 30th annual sale and has raised in total over $1 million
  • Hear the stories and inspire others to join us in helping more than 30,000 people (90% of Canadians will access a United Way funded program in their lifetime)

We want to celebrate your workplace and all that you do to support the community! Send us your workplace campaign stories and pictures and we will share them on our website and social media. Help inspire other workplaces to get involved by sharing what you are most proud of about your workplace campaign.

Can you imagine a garden here?!

Next spring there will be!

United Way has been working on food security initiatives for many years. We manage 40 community garden plots and have helped to build over 70 more plots throughout City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton. One of our goals is to increase the yields of fresh produce to use through the good food box program, collective kitchens, meals on wheels, cooking classes, food banks and food cupboards.

Crayola Canada is a proud supporter of the United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes. They are always looking for ways to further support our United Way. On their property they have 30,000 square feet of unused land. They believe that this land should be used to benefit the community. Crayola has entered into a land use agreement with United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes. This land will be used for large scale gardening and harvesting of produce to benefit the community.

Fleming College is also part of this groundbreaking project. For many years, Fleming College has been a community partner on several initiatives with the United Way and some of its funded agencies. They will be providing equipment and expertise to assist with this food security initiative. This project will also offer their students unique learning opportunities through school projects, volunteering, placements and paid internships.  

The United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes is grateful to Crayola for the use of this land which will be used to grow food and provide learning opportunities for students at all levels. Thank you to Fleming College for their dedication to this project, as they helped us with our initial strategic planning. Thank you also to Roger Hill from Hill’s Florist and Greenhouse who created preliminary designs for the space.

This social innovation garden project will enhance the availability of fresh produce for programs such as the Good Food Box, collective kitchens, Meals on Wheels, cooking classes, food banks, food cupboards and the Kawartha Lakes Food Source. This project is a true testament to what is possible when we come together as a community.

This fall the ground will be ploughed in preparation for planting in the spring!

United Way CKL Kicks Off its 2018/2019 Campaign

The United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes kicked off its campaign at Smitty’s Restaurant today by announcing that Police Chief Mark Mitchell of the Kawartha Lakes Police Services will be the 2018-2019 Campaign Chairperson. Traditional support through donors, workplaces and volunteers continues to be critical to the United Way’s campaign. Sheila O’Connell, Supply Chain Manager at Crayola Canada and Brett Goodwin, Dean and Principal of Fleming College’s Frost Campus helped to reveal a partnership that will increase support for UWCKL’s food security work. 30,000 square feet of vacant land at Crayola Canada will be developed with the help of Fleming staff and students. This social innovation garden project will enhance the availability of fresh produce for programs such as the Good Food Box, collective kitchens, meals on wheels, cooking classes, food banks, food cupboards and the Kawartha Lakes Food Source.

Chief Mitchell noted that donors, volunteers and partnerships are key to developing consistent funding for vital programs, “The City of Kawartha Lakes is a wonderfully vibrant community, but there are those within this community who need our help. Whether it is in times of emergency or those dealing with chronic issues, the United Way is there with a variety of services to meet those needs. Those services are delivered by agencies and United Way, but it is our donors, however, who make it all happen. It’s how we show that we care.”
“We are extremely grateful to Chief Mitchell for his leadership. We promised the Chief this will be a great learning journey on how we can change and enhance lives across our rural communities. Today’s launch showcases the breadth of our past and present work. We have invested more than $65,000 in bursaries to high school students since 2002 and having Morgan Watson, a past bursary recipient, share her journey into education and a job is wonderful,” said Penny Barton Dyke, Executive Director of UWCKL.

Going forward, Shantal Ingram, Community Investment Coordinator for UWCKL added,

“This is a year to inspire one another to give, mentor people and strengthen our support. Every year, hundreds of volunteers organize their campaigns with colleagues to raise funds through payroll deduction, lunches, chili cook offs, school assemblies, sports events, and even job exchanges with management and staff. Please know that your efforts and commitment inspire and bring hope to our community partners and agencies as we grow investment into quality programs and projects. We will be featuring these workplaces and teams to say thank you throughout the year.”

Duncan Gallacher, Board President of UWCKL, spoke about the growth of partnerships and the development of programs that address changing needs. “Since 2005, we have increased our social investment to not only include agencies and their programs, but we have also raised specific funds for community development projects. United Way has invested over $7 million in agency programs since 1986 and $1 million has been invested in community projects that help with food security, job and educational skills building, housing and youth. Our critical path forward is to continue to build strong partnerships with our local businesses. Crayola, Fleming College, and Hills Florist, along with several agencies and investors, shared the dream of expanding our community gardens and creating practical educational experiences for our youth. Our announcement on the land use agreement with Crayola is truly exciting! We have also created, with Community Living Trent Highlands, new garden plots in Haliburton through a Day of Caring. Women United also provided funds for a greenhouse at their Haliburton location. We worked with about 10 agencies this summer to create a Brown Bag Lunch program and comprehensive job readiness programs to King Albert Public School as a pilot hub delivery model. This is how, as a community, we should come together in planning and delivering support,” said Mr. Gallacher.

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!

2018 Annual Curling Bonspiel

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. 

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)!

Thank you to our volunteers!

Sue Allen, Pat Presley, Lutie Anne Presley, Jane Fergusson, Barb Shullman, Stephanie Harwood-Jones, Cathy Terry, Liz Riches, Jane Durward, Jewel Chalmers, Paul McPherson, Anne Hartle, Janeel Quibell, David Presley, Suzanne Barker, Kay Esphinho

Thank you to our participants!

Thank you to our Donors!

Food donors – Kountry Kitchen, Kawartha Bakery, Donna Jewell, Liz Riches, Anita Nixon, Gayle Pillsworth, Nesbitt’s Meat Market, National Grocers, Pat Presley, Jane Durward, M&M Food Market

Prize Donors– Home Hardware Lindsay, Crayola, Nexicom, Worsley Automotive, Garry Quibell, St. John Ambulance, Axis Victoria Drug Mart Pharmacy, Equillibrium Dr. Mark Citro Chiropractic, Johnson Jewellers, Iceman Video Games, Tim Hortons Fenelon Falls Chris Bays, Sport Chek, Lingere Loft, Coles Books, Kelseys, Food Basics, 3M, Winners, Marks Work Warehouse, George Salac, North End Beauty Salon, Kawartha Dairy, Ultramar, Olympia Restaurant, Donna Jewell, Houghton Creek, The Cat and the Fiddle, Mr. Sub, Hobart’s Steakhouse, Tim Hortons Bobcaygeon Chris Bays, Shoppers Drug Mart Downtown Lindsay, Down to Earth Adventure Outfitters, Trent Travel, Cathy Allen Ladieswear, Neabors Restaurant, Fresh Fuell, John Howard Society, Square Boys Pizza

 

Our Popular Crayola Sale was great!!

October 14, 2017 – 8am – 12noon

Our Popular Crayola Sale was great!!

Congratulations to the 2017 Crayola Raffle Winners!

1st Place: Meghan Bowles

2nd Place:

Tess Morasse

 

 

3rd Place: Amanda Nowe

Amanda Nowe

October 14, 2017

Our sale was wildly fun this year, and we want to thank Crayola, our volunteers, and all of the shoppers who came out to support such a great cause (and got some of  their Christmas shopping done too)

50 Years Celebration

Celebrating 50 Years!