Ways to give2019-12-18T09:39:43-05:00


A Message from the 2019-2020 Campaign Chairperson Inspector Tim Tatchell, Detachment Commander of the City of Kawartha Lakes Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police

Since relocating to the Kawartha Lakes in 2007 I have experienced an extremely caring and engaged community. In both my professional and personal life I have witnessed individuals and community agencies quickly respond to provide support to others in need. This was one of the reasons I was happy to volunteer my time as the 2019-2020 Campaign Chair for the United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes.

Local United Way staff work tirelessly with partner agencies to identify opportunities to invest in community projects that target three pillars: From Poverty to Possibility, All that Kids Can be, and Healthy People, Strong Communities. Innovative projects, such as the Edwin Binney Community Garden, will assist in providing food security and hands on learning opportunities for individuals of all ages. Programs such as this, that are only made possible by the immense support of Crayola Canada, Fleming College and numerous other volunteers and partners, demonstrates the strong work being done to improve the lives of those in the community.

Since 1986 over 8 million dollars has been invested into local programs provided through the United Way and agency partners. In 2018 alone 59, 962 people were impacted by these services locally. 90 percent of Canadians access United Way funded programs in their communities, often without even realising that these programs are funded by the United Way.

Without the generous support of our donors, the ability to support local projects to improve the well-being of community members would not be possible. With the introduction last year of the Local Love Campaign, the United Way hopes to inspire communities to give where they live. All funds raised within the Kawartha Lakes stay within the Kawartha Lakes and all funds raised in Haliburton County support programs in Haliburton County.

We currently have 101 workplaces that support the United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes through annual workplace campaigns. We want to thank them and the numerous other donors for their support and encourage others to join this year’s campaign.

Are you interested in getting involved? Contact our Community Investment Coordinator.

Workplace Campaigns

Running a workplace campaign has several benefits. It is a great way to team up and make long-lasting impact for our families, neighbours and co-workers.

Email our Community Investment Coordinator for details and help to run a successful campaign. We are pleased to bring tools to you, provide guest speakers and share ideas.

Benefits of Payroll Deduction2019-09-23T15:43:36-04:00
  • Your donation appears on your T4 slip, so you don’t have to keep track of a receipt, or multiple receipts if you consolidate your giving through payroll deduction
  • Helps the United Way CKL to keep their administration costs low
  • Allows donors to spread their gift over the entire year
  • Many people find they are able to increase their annual gift by setting a small amount aside each pay period or month
  • Donors working outside CKL may designate back to this community
  • Gives donors the option of making a lump sum donation or regular contributions
  • You can change the amount of your donation at any time by contacting your payroll office

For a sheet on the benefits of workplace donations, click here to download.

For the donation form, click here: UWCKL_ Workplace Campaign Fillable Donation Form

Thank you to the following Workplaces that have contributed to the United Way through payroll deduction:

What difference can my money make?2019-01-17T12:02:18-05:00
  • $1 per week can provide a person in crisis with 2 hours of intervention – this can mean helping give an individual direction, listening to them in their time of need, or providing counselling through the John Howard Society.
  • $1 per week helps to cover the cost of providing regular oral checkups for a local youth at the Community Care Community Dental Clinic.
  • $2 dollars per week provides worker consultations to assist families with support needed to navigate the Education System through Community Living Trent Highlands.
  • $5 per week would assist an individual to ensure they had funds for food for the entire month through the Canadian Mental Health Association.
  • $8 per week brings our toys, equipment, fun activities and staff to the doors of children living at a social housing complex in Lindsay, to provide early learning opportunities for them and parent support for their caregivers, through EarlyON.
  • $10 per week will provide an In-School Mentor to a child in one of the local elementary schools. This mentor will visit the child once a week throughout the school year and provide various activities outside of the classroom setting, such as baking, sports, arts and crafts, reading or just talking about life. Children will experience an improved self-esteem and confidence from these friendships and have a better outlook on their education, through Big Brothers Big Sisters.
  • $35 per week assists in the purchase of an Automated External Defibrillator, through St. John Ambulance.
Thank you to the Following Workplaces That Have Contributed2019-01-17T14:01:18-05:00

Thank you to the following Workplaces that have contributed to the United Way through payroll deduction:

  • Fleming College
  • PVNCCDSB Board
  • St. John Paul II
  • St. Dominic Elementary
  • St. Lukes Elementary
  • St. Mary’s Elementary
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Sec
  • Alexandra PS
  • Bobcaygeon PS
  • Dr. George Hall PS
  • Dunsford District Elementary
  • Fenelon Fall Secondary
  • Grandview PS
  • I.E. Weldon Secondary
  • Jack Callaghan PS
  • King Albert PS
  • Lady Eaton Elementary
  • Lady Mackenzie PS
  • Lindsay Adult Ed
  • LCVI
  • Mariposa Elementary
  • Parkview PS
  • Ridgewood PS
  • TLDSB Board
  • Woodville Public School
  • Boyer Chevrolet
  • Lindsay Pontiac Buick GMC
  • Ross Memorial Hospital
  • HKPR Health Unit
  • Family Health Team
  • Caressant Care
  • Crayola Canada
  • Wilson & Wilson
  • Home Building Centre
  • Kawartha Lakes This Week
  • Collins Barrow
  • Nexicom
  • Home Hardware
  • James W Kloepfer Ins
  • Bell Canada
  • Hydro One
  • GM
  • DLF Pickseed
  • KBE
  • Farm Credit Canada
  • A Place Called Home
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • CMHA
  • Community Care
  • CNIB
  • Community Living
  • John Howard Society
  • Ontario Early Years
  • St. John Ambulance
  • VCCS
  • 5 Counties
  • RBC Lindsay
  • Scotiabank Head Office
  • Scotiabank
  • Manulife Financial
  • CIBC Head Office
  • TD Canada Trust
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • BMO Bank of Montreal
  • Citibank
  • CIBC Lindsay
  • CIBC Haliburton
  • CIBC Minden
  • CIBC Coboconk
  • CIBC Fenelon Falls
  • CIBC Bobcaygeon
  • TD Lindsay
  • BMO Lindsay
  • RBC Lindsay
  • Ministry of Agriculture OMAF
  • City of Kawartha Lakes
  • The Beer Store
  • OPP Haliburton

Workplace Profiles


How does your workplace support United Way CKL?

For over 20 years, VCCS Employment Services has been a supporter of the United Way. 100% of our staff contribute to the United Way through weekly payroll deductions. In addition, our agency forms an annual United Way committee that organizes various fundraisers throughout the year. We also hold our annual silent auction in partnership with employers throughout the community who donate items for auction to raise funds.  Over the years many of our staff have made it a tradition to volunteer or participate in fundraising events held by other United Way agencies including the Crayola Sale, Big Brothers & Sisters Bowling for Kids and the Sign Painting workshop held by the John Howard Society to name a few.


Why do you support the United Way CKL?

As an organization that supports people to find employment, we work very closely with other community programs and services to ensure that our clients can access the additional support they need. Many of our community partners also receive support from the United Way. We see first-hand the positive impact that accessible day care, children & youth programs, counselling, mentorship, housing, food and health programs have on our clients. Through the United Way, community networks become stronger, individuals and families are supported, and individuals can take next steps towards achieving their employment goals.


What would you say to inspire other workplaces to support United Way CKL?

As an employer and a supporter of the United Way, we as a collective staff team are committed to giving back to the community in which we work and live. We share in the   success of our clients, when they feel supported in their own community. It is of great value to be a part of a strong network of organizations that help build community and lives. Through our various fundraising efforts, we have enjoyed the social and recreational activities that have fostered teamwork and relationships among our staff. Having fun and working towards a great cause brings us closer together.



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Q: How does your workplace support United Way CKL?

A: Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington (PVNC) Catholic District School Board is proud to support United Way CKL fundraising at St. John Paul II, St. Dominic, St. Mary and St. Luke Catholic elementary schools and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School. Our staff organize special fundraisers at the schools and give generously through payroll deductions. Our Director of Education Michael Nasello also raffles himself off each year as an incentive for United Way fundraising, giving a lucky PVNC employee a day off while he does their job for the day.

Q: Why do you support the United Way CKL?

A: As a learning organization committed to the key principles of Catholic Social Teaching and to moving our faith into action, we are proud to support four United Way campaigns in our jurisdiction including United Way CKL. We know that some of our students and their families rely on the many services supported by the United Way. Our educators and support staff care deeply about the wellbeing of our students, both in school and out, so many find it a source of pride to contribute to the United Way.


Q: What would you say to inspire other workplaces to support United Way CKL?

A: At PVNC, the annual United Way campaign is an opportunity to reflect on the challenges in our communities that can be barriers to student success and well-being. The campaign provides an opportunity for staff to make a meaningful contribution. As an organization, the campaign offers a great opportunity for team-building as school communities and staff at the Board office rally together for a common cause.


Q: How does your workplace support United Way CKL?
A: Smitty’s has hosted the Campaign Kick Off Breakfast for the past 6 if not 7 years and each year a little stronger. I also know that many of my staff and myself give to the United Way throughout the year through fundraisers and other efforts.

Q: Why do you support the United Way CKL?
A: The United Way is my personal choice of charities due to the broad spectrum of organizations they help fund which in turn helps many in the immediate community, they are local and widespread at the same time.

Q: What would you say to inspire other workplaces to support United Way CKL?
A: If I had to sum it up in a few words to convince other companies, Charity Starts at Home, your community is home. United Way helps your community.

Shelly Hardaker, Owner Smitty’s Lindsay


Q: How does your workplace support United Way CKL?

A: We conduct an annual workplace campaign and hold several ad-hoc fundraising activities throughout the year. Our primary fundraising comes from the annual sale. Preparing for this event is a complete team effort including all departments in some way shape or form. Warehouse employees separate product all year long, pricing happens up to one month prior to the sale in our warehouse as well as onsite the week before the event, gift baskets are created for the yearly raffle, food is ordered in for volunteers at the fairground both on event day and in days leading up to the event, products are sometimes packaged into specialized products just for the event, lots of IT set up at the fairgrounds insuring a smooth check out. Each team has a role to play to make sure the event is successful.

We have also entered into a partnership with UWCKL and Fleming College to make use of vacant land for developing a community garden.

Q: Why do you support the United Way CKL?

A: We look at it as 30 years of helping children in the community. The United Way offers support to such a wide variety of people in a wide variety of ways, especially the most vulnerable within our community. Our employees feel that it is good to be able to contribute towards that. For some employees, volunteering and supporting the United Way goes a long way back in in their family, so it is in their blood to continue the tradition. It is in our employees to want to help. Over the years, we have established such a meaningful partnership with the UWCKL. Our employees love to work at the sale. It goes to a good cause and we like to see all the people going nuts over Crayola!! Last year, we surpassed $1,000,000.00 in cumulative donations – a great source of pride for our company.



Q: What would you say to inspire other workplaces to support United Way CKL?

A: Consider that the money goes to many great causes within our community. The UWCKL is very visible in the community providing resources to meet the needs of the most vulnerable. You can see first-hand the dedication and effort used to utilize the funds effectively and to promote all of the programs they are involved in. Working with them creates a meaningful sense of purpose relative to supporting the community in which we operate.


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