United Way Campaign Kickoff


Celebrating 50 years of the United Way

Wednesday September 14th
Don’t miss it…it’ll be groovy!

  • smitties7:30 – 9 am Breakfast Buffet  at Smitty’s- tickets $15.
  • 4 to 6pm Appetizers at Boston Pizza – Tickets $15

Guest Speakers & Live Auctionboston-pizza
Tickets: 705-878-5081

Get your own poster to put up – here.

Community Garden’s Grand Opening


We have been chosen as the Ontario Flagship Event.  This means that EVERY time #GardenDaysCanada is mentioned in the media in Ontario, our event will be highlighted.

There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at Durham St at 2:30 pm.  The UWCKL locations will be handing out lemonade and a snack, the Fleming location is going to make some tea from their herb garden for people to sample and provide tours.

We invite you to visit all or one of our sites:   50 Mary St. W, or Durham St. E at Duke St.   If your school or agency has one of the United Way Garden Kits, bring pictures and share you garden updates. Your staff and clients/students are all welcome.  Let’s celebrate Garden Days Canada together.

This is what is planned:

  • “Lemonade in the Garden “Join in a celebration of our local Community Gardens.  3 Lindsay locations to choose from or visit each garden.
  • The United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes is celebrating Lindsay’s newest Community Garden at Durham St. E/Duke St.  Ribbon cutting at 2:30pm. Lemonade and snacks will be available.
  • Visit the original United Way CKL Community Garden at 50 Mary St. W. for lemonade, snacks and companionship.
  • The Fleming Community Garden will be providing garden tours and sampling teas made from their herb garden.

Help us raise awareness about Lindsay’s Community Gardens and the United Way CKL’s New Intergenerational gardening program. All ages welcome.  Share your gardening stories with kindred spirits and learn about Lindsay’s Community Gardens.”

Women United Donate Funds

Women United Donate Funds to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kawartha Lakes – Haliburton

From left: Shantal Ingram - Community Investment Coordinator United Way, Robin Nisbet - Women United, Jim DeFlorio - Executive Director BBBS and Colleen Ward - Women United.

From left: Shantal Ingram – Community Investment Coordinator, United Way; Robin Nisbet – Women United; Jim DeFlorio – Executive Director BBBS and Colleen Ward – Women United.

At their April meeting, the members of Women United voted to donate the funds raised from that meeting to the Big Brothers Big Sisters Kids and Kops Program. Thanks again to this amazing group of women for their contributions to our community!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kawartha Lakes – Haliburton

What an amazing group of women! They are helping us to maintain the Kids N’ Kops program for another year! Children involved in this group get to learn about our local police services by spending the mornings for a whole week at the local stations (both City of Kawartha Lakes and O.P.P.), enjoy lunch with some officers and then participate in a daily activity with officers. The children get to build friendships with the participating police officers, which is a special opportunity for most of them. Thanks Women United!

Women United Present Cheque for Dental work

Helen Yazdani, Maria Bennett and Zita Devan (all Women United members), Linda Reid, Executive Director of the Community Care Foundation and Nancy Johnsen, hygienist with the Community Care dental clinic.

Helen Yazdani, Maria Bennett and Zita Devan (all Women United members), Linda Reid, Executive Director of the Community Care Foundation and Nancy Johnsen, hygienist with the Community Care dental clinic.

Members of the United Way for the Kawartha Lakes “Women United” group presented a cheque for $950 to the Community Care Low Income Dental Clinic on Monday. The Community Care Low Income Dental Clinic was chosen to receive this donation from the Women United Group during their last meeting.

“With the help of United Way’s financial support, the dental clinic has been able to serve more local residents each year since it opened in 2011. In 2014-15, close to 1,400 local residents received dental services from the clinic,” explains Mike Puffer, Communications Officer for Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes.
“Good oral health is important to everyone’s overall health, as well as self-esteem and a sense of well-being. The Community Care Dental Clinic can help local residents identify oral health problems before they start. The United Way’s support has been very much appreciated as we strive to meet the health care needs of the community.”

Zita Devan, a member of Women United says, “Our Women United quarterly meetings are a great opportunity to meet other like-minded women, to network and learn more about the good work agencies within our community are doing. Our Team was so pleased that the Women United chose our nomination of Community Care Dental Clinic Program to be the recipient of this month’s donations.”

Women United meets four times a year. Membership dues are $100 per meeting for a single individual or $25 per person for a team of four. Members nominate programs or agencies to be considered for a donation at each meeting and a vote is taken to determine which of the nominated programs or agencies will receive the funds collected from that meeting. All money collected is donated to the organization voted on by members at that meeting. Women United has been operating for almost 2 years.

The next meeting will be on Monday, April 11th.

If you are interested in joining, please contact Shantal Ingram, Community Investment Coordinator for more information.
Phone: 705-878-5081
Email: communityinvestment@ckl.unitedway.ca

The 9th Annual Bonspiel teams up for sponsorship

The annual United Way Bonspiel has grown into a family fun event over the past eight years thanks to caring leaders in our community.  This year the event will run under a new moniker, Nexicom Bonspiel in support of the United Way.

“Nexicom, a long-time supporter of United Way, is excited to join the loyal bonspiel team. We are looking forward to working with other sponsors and supporters to make the event a success. It is really impressive that 80 sponsors and supporters annually join together to support the bonspiel for United Way. We are proud to be a part of this worthwhile annual event. Together as business leaders, we can ensure vital programs continue to help our families, neighbours and colleagues through United Way support,” explains Nexicom’s Melinda Clarke.

For our full press release, click here (pdf format)

Funded Agencies Explain

Each year over 300 individuals and family members are given a warm bed, hot meals and positive support in our shelter. With United Way’s support, A Place Called Home can continue to ensure that these people have a safe and caring place to go at the end of their day.

Lorrie Polito, Executive Director
A Place Called Home

Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes has been a grateful recipient of United Way funding for over 25 years. During this time, United Way funding has enabled our organization to provide Mental Health Supports, Meal Programs, Academic Support, Transportation, Sport/Physical Activity, Mentorship/Leadership, Arts & Culture, After-School and Summer Camp programming to tens of thousands of children and youth. United Way funding enables us to level the playing field for young people whose families struggle financially. The funds provide supplies, equipment and staffing for programs geared toward creating positive short, medium and long term outcomes. United Way has helped the Club through many difficult times and assisted greatly in ensuring that no child is turned away due to a lack of financial means. Our partnership with United Way has strengthened and stabilized our organization and made the community a better place for all of us!


Scott Robertson, Executive Director
Boys & Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes

With the support of the United Way City of Kawartha Lakes, the Trustee Program at Canadian Mental Health Association-HKPR is able to provide many vulnerable people in our community with assistance to manage their funds so they can live in the community with financial stability. Being able to maintain stable housing and food enables them to have a better quality of life and reduces their stress which improves their mental health. This program helps men, women and children in this community through the continued support of United Way.

Canadian Mental Health Association

Telecare Mona Hall Legacy Fund

United Way announces the launch of the Telecare Mona Hall Legacy Fund

telecareThe United Way for the City of Kawartha is seeking expressions of interest through a Letter of Intent and application process to apply for a newly created $5,000 grant. The Letter of Intent must be submitted to the United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes by November 16th at noon.  The purpose of the grant is to address an emerging or changing need in the City of Kawartha Lakes in a distinct project.

Letters of Intent will be reviewed, then invitations will be issued to a selection of applicants to submit a proposal.  The applications will be reviewed starting in mid-December and the announcement of the successful candidate will be notified the first week of January.

When Lifeline Telecare closed its operations earlier this year, it provided $30,000 to United Way to create a $5,000 annual grant.  The fund is named after Mona Hall, a Lindsay resident who left a bequest to Lifeline Telecare Lindsay several years ago.  Click here to access the Letter of Intent and to learn more click here about this legacy fund.

Crayola Sale Continues to be Major Gift to United Way

Crayola Presentation

Crayola Canada provided an enormous boost to the United Way campaign with a cheque
in the amount of $40,479. The 27th annual sale raised $36,000 and in addition, employees contributed $4,479 through their internal workplace campaign.
To date, Crayola has invested $915,479 into helping people through the United Way campaign.

For the full press release, please click here.

Everyone a Winner at Crayola Sale

October 17th, 2015 – Crayola Sale!

Everyone was a winner who attended the 27th Annual Crayola Sale. The event attracted people from across Ontario who were looking to support the work of 13 community agencies and United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes. Crayola staff, United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes’ agencies, and community members volunteered their time to make the event a success. Thank you to everyone for helping. An official announcement will occur in the next few weeks regarding the amount raised. In the meantime congratulations to the Crayola Basket Draw winners:

Pattie Hurren (0614) third prizes; Rosa Rappl second prize (0238) and first prize winner is Tess Morasse (0252)

Crayola Staff, Volunteers and shoppers made the 27th Annual Crayola Sale a success!

2015 Everything Quilts



Quilter’s Dream Raffle Winners

United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes’ would like to thank the vendors, artists, volunteers and attendees who supported the Oct 3rd Everything Quilt event. Check your numbers if you participated in the raffle and call Sheryl Wallis, Campaign Leader, to arrange pick up. Call us during office hours at 705-878-5081.

Quilt Auction Bag Draw results here (pdf format)

Quilters’ Dream Raffle Prize results here (pdf format)