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Edwin Binney’s Community Garden exceeds 10,000 lbs of produce harvested in 2020!

Edwin Binney’s community garden has exceeded 10,000 lbs of produce harvested this season; United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes announced Monday. The community garden is in its second year of production, and provides food to 11 local food banks, 10 charity organizations, as well as additional clients and school groups from May to October. The garden came about through community consultations with local stakeholders, Crayola Canada and Fleming College becoming lead partners with UWCKL.

Last year, the final total was 5,500 lbs of produce donated. This year, the size of the plowed area was expanded in order to produce larger yields, and multiple crops were planted in succession throughout the season.

Reaching the milestone was an important moment for UWCKL’s team, explains Executive Director Penny Barton Dyke, “We have had a fabulous team working to create substantial leaps in the yield this year in anticipation of greater need for fresh food during Covid-19.  Our team is excited about reaching this milestone and they worked tirelessly through some tough weather and within COVID-19 restrictions.”  “Knowing this garden is helping people is what drives all of us,” she adds.

As the season wraps up, their team is as busy as ever. Not only is work at the garden continuing to prepare for its third season, but UWCKL’s work in providing funding to community programs is facing greater demand than ever, explains Shantal Ingram, Community Investment Coordinator. “Donations to this year’s campaign will help UWCKL address essential needs in the City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton County during the COVID-19 pandemic and as we recover and rebuild over the long term. Every donation will make a difference to the lives of your friends, neighbours and colleagues who are experiencing challenges due to the pandemic.”

More information on Edwin Binney’s Community Garden can be found at https://ckl-unitedway.ca/edwin-binney-community-garden/

By |2020-10-05T13:42:37-04:00October 5th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes announces over $90,000 in emergency support funding for local organizations

United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes is accepting funding applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) Round 2 from October 5 to October 30, 2020. The fund continues to provide financial support to charities and other qualified donees adapting their frontline services to support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government of Canada has released this balance of funding for ECSF and it is being administered in collaboration with United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.

 

United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes is proud to support this important additional investment of $92,396.00 into our local communities.

“The impact of this investment is threefold;” writes Penny Barton Dyke, Executive Director of UWCKL. “Organizations in our area will be able to help people, especially citizens at risk, with some supports more rapidly; assist in connecting people to agencies that will help them now and going forward; and lastly help strengthen the capacity of our community by working collaboratively.”

“Charities and non-profit organizations are at the heart of our communities, helping the most vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 crisis. The Government of Canada is pleased to support these organizations through the Emergency Community Support Fund so that they can continue their invaluable work,” says The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

About United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes

The mission of the United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes is to improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action. The United Way of CKL strives to increase capacity building for community impacts. Education, resources, networking and partnerships are key components in community building. United Way has the ability to direct funds to specific projects and geographic locations and these designated investments are transparent and accountable. Empowering people in our community is paramount to positive outcomes for our United Way and citizens.

Media Contact:

Mallory Cramp-Waldinsperger, Projects and Communications Coordinator

office@ckl.unitedway.ca

By |2020-10-02T12:56:43-04:00October 2nd, 2020|News|0 Comments

Over 5,000 lbs of produce harvested at Edwin Binney’s Community Garden!

A local community agriculture initiative, Edwin Binney’s Community Garden, exceeded 5,000 lbs of produce donated as of last Wednesday, United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes announced.

The garden is in its second year of production, last year the final harvest total was 5,500 lbs. Currently the total is 5,944 lbs, and their goal is to double the amount harvested. All of the produce grown at Edwin Binney’s Community Garden is donated to 10 local food banks and 11 non-profit organizations.

United Way has recently started 3 pilot projects to deliver produce to clients in the City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton.

Through a collaboration with Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes, called Garden at Your Table, produce from Edwin Binney’s Community Garden has been delivered directly to 50 clients in the City of Kawartha Lakes.

In addition, Fresh Produce Fridays, a pilot led by UWCKL delivers produce to three social housing units in Lindsay. An extension of this project in Haliburton is already in the works.

“Agency partnerships are critical to help people immediately in tough and unusual times,” writes Penny Barton Dyke, Executive Director of UWCKL.

Edwin Binney’s Community Garden has many partners with each contributing and dovetailing to bring knowledge, land, access to products and the opportunity to bring fresh produce to kitchen tables. This is an agricultural and education project that is building sustainable practices and partnerships,” she adds.

To access programs, donate, or learn more about the work of UWCKL and Edwin Binney’s Community Garden, please visit ckl-unitedway.ca, email office@ckl.unitedway.ca or call (705) 878-5081

By |2020-09-10T15:10:45-04:00September 10th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Edwin Binney’s Community Garden Exceeds 1,000 lb harvest milestone!

A recent aerial shot of Edwin Binney’s Community Garden, located beside Crayola Canada’s Lindsay office. Image provided by Rhys Walden, UWCKL volunteer.

United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes is proud to announce that as of Monday, July 28, Edwin Binney’s Community Garden has already yielded over 1,000 pounds of food for local organizations and food programs. The garden, located on Crayola Canada’s property in Lindsay is only in its second year of production and with the help of Fleming College’s Department of Sustainable Agriculture, has projected a 40% increase from last year’s yield of 5,500 pounds.

 

This year has posed unique challenges for the community agriculture project and the team has had to find new ways to reach individuals who may be isolated due to COVID-19, explains Mallory Cramp-Waldinsperger, Projects and Communications Coordinator of UWCKL. “With the support of the City of Kawartha Lakes Social Services department, we have been able to reach out to our neighbours at two social housing locations with our “Fresh Produce Friday” pilot project. This program provides a free market table of locally grown produce to seniors and members of our community who may be vulnerable to isolation.”

 

In addition, the community garden has collaborated with Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes to deliver a free monthly produce bag to 90 of Community Care’s clients. “Agency partnerships are critical to help people immediately in tough and unusual times,” writes Penny Barton Dyke, Executive Director of UWCKL.

 

“Edwin Binney’s Community Garden has many partners with each contributing and dovetailing to bring knowledge, land, access to products and the opportunity to bring fresh produce to kitchen tables. This is an agricultural and education project that is building sustainable practices and partnerships,” she adds.

By |2020-07-28T13:16:18-04:00July 28th, 2020|News|0 Comments

UWCKL disperses second round of Emergency Community Support Fund in City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton

On May 19, United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes launched a call for applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). The fund provides financial support to charities and other qualified donees adapting their frontline services to support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. The ECSF is funded by the Government of Canada and is being administered in collaboration with United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.

 

Today, United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes is pleased to share an update on the recipients of this funding. Over the past month, United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes has received numerous applications for community programs and services that support vulnerable community members. To date, 17 organizations have been approved for a total of $217,625.

 

City of Kawartha Lakes

 

  • Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes, $20,000 for the Community Dental Clinic
  • A Place Called Home, $20,000 for the Emergency Homeless Shelter
  • Canadian Mental Health Association $10,000 for Mental Health Case Management
  • Special Olympics Ontario – Kawartha Lakes, $10,000 for Mental Health & Wellness
  • John Howard Society City of Kawartha Lakes, $20,000 for the Community Intervention Program (round 1 of funding)
  • Five Counties Children’s Centre $10,450, for the Help at Home Program (round 1 of funding)
  • Boys and Girls Club for the City of Kawartha Lakes, $18,000, for Summer Camp programs (round 1 of funding)

 

Haliburton County

 

  • Rotary Club of Haliburton, $5,000 for Basic Needs Bags
  • Kawartha North Family Health Team, $18,450 for “Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World”
  • Central Food Network, $10,000 for Heat Bank Haliburton County
  • Point in Time, $20,000, Haliburton County Youth Hub (round 1 of funding)
  • Haliburton Highlands Health Services Foundation, $19,925, Mental Health Services and Virtual Supports (round 1 of funding)
  • SIRCH $15,000, Community Kitchen (round 1 of funding)

 

Cross-jurisdictional

 

  • Easter Seals Ontario, $7,600 Equipment Funding Program
  • Kawartha Haliburton Victim Services, $10,000 for Hotel/Motel Emergency Voucher Program
  • Junior Achievement of Peterborough Lakeland Muskoka, $16,500 for digital programming
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton $8,500, Group Virtual Programs (round 1 of funding)

 

United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes is proud to support the important investment of $281,682.00 into our local communities, applications for funding closed on July 20, 2020, some are still under evaluation.

 

“The impact of this investment is threefold;” writes Penny Barton Dyke, Executive Director of UWCKL. “Organizations in our area will be able to help people, especially citizens at risk, with some supports more rapidly; assist in connecting people to agencies that will help them now and going forward; and lastly help strengthen the capacity of our community by working collaboratively.”

 

“The COVID-19 pandemic has been especially difficult for vulnerable Canadians who are relying on the services of community organizations now, more than ever before. The Government of Canada is pleased to support a wide range of charities and non-profit organizations through the Emergency Community Support Fund to ensure no-one is left behind,” says the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister for Families, Children and Social Development.

By |2020-07-21T11:47:07-04:00July 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Emergency Community Support Fund – Deadline Extension

Call for Applications – Emergency Community Support Fund

United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes has extended the application deadline for the Emergency Community Support Fund. Applications will be accepted until the end of day, Monday, July 20, 2020.

United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes is now accepting applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund to help charities and non-profit organizations serve and support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding has been made available by the Government of Canada and funding streams are being administered by United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross in communities from coast to coast to coast. United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes is proud to support this important investment by the Federal Government.

Who can Apply?

United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes will fund organizations that provide direct services to vulnerable populations who are impacted by COVID-19.

Your organization is eligible to receive funding if your organization has a charitable number, or is otherwise a qualified donee, and is providing supports and services to meet immediate community needs related to the COVID-19. United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes may also partner with nonprofits, through agent agreements, delivering services that align with our organization’s charitable objects].

This funding is intended to support frontline community service organizations providing services to support vulnerable Canadians, including low-income seniors, women, children and youth, persons with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ2S+ community, refugees, Indigenous peoples, members of racialized communities, and more

Funds may be used for immediate needs and priorities related to the impact of COVID-19. This includes, but is not limited to, services such as:

  • Preparing and delivering meals and/or food hampers
  • Supporting individuals in accessing income supports and financial coaching
  • Providing home care or personal support for seniors, elders, and persons with disabilities
  • Mental health & wellness supports, including crisis counselling and peer support
  • Personal safety supports, including for those living in or escaping situations of violence
  • Access to safe transport for essential appointment and errands, and
  • Others

 

What Types of Activities could be Funded?

  • Community outreach and engagement
  • Developing and/or delivering new programs, services or delivery models as a result of COVID-19
  • Sharing information and knowledge
  • Engaging and recruiting volunteers

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until Monday, July 20th, 2020. We anticipate a high volume of requests and are working to ensure that all requests are reviewed as quickly as possible.

Click to access application form.

Questions?

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (2) ECSF Applicant guide_EN

For questions not addressed in these resources, please contact Shantal Ingram, Community Investment Coordinator at communityinvestment@ckl.unitedway.ca for assistance.

 

By |2020-07-13T12:02:13-04:00July 13th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes, Crayola Canada cancel 2020 ‘Crayola Sale’

United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes has announced the cancellation of this year’s annual Crayola Sale. The event has taken place every fall for over 30 years and raised more than $1 million for United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes.

Representatives of both UWCKL and Crayola Canada say that the decision to cancel this event, like many others that have recently been postponed or cancelled was based on safety and health concerns due to the ongoing pandemic.

“While the decision to cancel the annual sale was a difficult one, the health and safety of staff, customers, and volunteers is our highest priority, says Paul Murphy, General Manager of Crayola Canada. “The cancellation of the sale does not alter Crayola Canada’s commitment to our relationship with the UWCKL. We look forward to continuing to work with them and to finding new ways to support their efforts within our community.”

“Crayola Canada has and continues to support our community work. In the 30 years of working together with Crayola Canada employees, we have formed a deep bond and we have continued our work to help people in our community,” says Penny Barton Dyke, Executive Director of UWCKL.

“We are proud to continue projects such as Edwin Binney’s Community Garden, and the Crayola Sale and we are working together to find creative solutions during this trying time. It is paramount that we all continue to find ways to keep one another safe and to support our communities,” she adds.

The event’s organizers are currently working toward an alternative to the annual Crayola Sale.

By |2020-07-08T13:07:36-04:00July 8th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

UWCKL disperses first round of Emergency Community Support Fund in City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton

On May 19, United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes launched a call for applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). The fund provides financial support to charities and other qualified donees adapting their frontline services to support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. The ECSF is funded by the Government of Canada and is being administered in collaboration with United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.

 

Today, United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes is pleased to share an update on the recipients of this funding. Over the past month, United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes has received numerous applications for community programs and services that support vulnerable community members. To date, seven organizations have been approved for a total of $93,875.

 

City of Kawartha Lakes

  • John Howard Society City of Kawartha Lakes, $20,000 for the Community Intervention Program
  • Five Counties Children’s Centre $10,450, for the Help at Home Program
  • Boys and Girls Club for the City of Kawartha Lakes, $18,000, for Summer Camp programs

 

Haliburton County

  • Point in Time, $20,000, Haliburton County Youth Hub
  • Haliburton Highlands Health Services Foundation, $19,925, Mental Health Services and Virtual Supports
  • SIRCH $15,000, Community Kitchen

 

Cross-jurisdictional

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton $8,500, Group Virtual Programs

 

United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes is proud to support the important investment of $281,682.00 into our local communities, applications for funding remain open and will be evaluated on a rolling basis until the deadline of July 10, 2020.

 

“The impact of this investment is threefold;” writes Penny Barton Dyke, Executive Director of UWCKL. “Organizations in our area will be able to help people, especially citizens at risk, with some supports more rapidly; assist in connecting people to agencies that will help them now and going forward; and lastly help strengthen the capacity of our community by working collaboratively.”

 

Media Contacts:

Mallory Cramp-Waldinsperger

Projects and Communications Coordinator

office@ckl.unitedway.ca

 

By |2020-06-30T13:49:00-04:00June 30th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Call for Applications – Emergency Community Support Fund

Call for Applications – Emergency Community Support Fund

United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes is now accepting applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund to help charities and non-profit organizations serve and support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding has been made available by the Government of Canada and funding streams are being administered by United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross in communities from coast to coast to coast. United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes is proud to support this important investment by the Federal Government.

Starting May 19th, 2020, United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes will be accepting applications for funding.

 

Who can Apply?

United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes will fund organizations that provide direct services to vulnerable populations who are impacted by COVID-19.

Your organization is eligible to receive funding if your organization has a charitable number, or is otherwise a qualified donee, and is providing supports and services to meet immediate community needs related to the COVID-19. United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes may also partner with nonprofits, through agent agreements, delivering services that align with our organization’s charitable objects].

This funding is intended to support frontline community service organizations providing services to support vulnerable Canadians, including low-income seniors, women, children and youth, persons with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ2S+ community, refugees, Indigenous peoples, members of racialized communities, and more

Funds may be used for immediate needs and priorities related to the impact of COVID-19. This includes, but is not limited to, services such as:

  • Preparing and delivering meals and/or food hampers
  • Supporting individuals in accessing income supports and financial coaching
  • Providing home care or personal support for seniors, elders, and persons with disabilities
  • Mental health & wellness supports, including crisis counselling and peer support
  • Personal safety supports, including for those living in or escaping situations of violence
  • Access to safe transport for essential appointment and errands, and
  • Others

 

What Types of Activities could be Funded?

  • Community outreach and engagement
  • Developing and/or delivering new programs, services or delivery models as a result of COVID-19
  • Sharing information and knowledge
  • Engaging and recruiting volunteers

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until Friday, July 10th, 2020. We anticipate a high volume of requests and are working to ensure that all requests are reviewed as quickly as possible.

Click to access application form. Applications will be accepted Friday, July 10th, 2020 at 12 pm.

Questions?

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (2) ECSF Applicant guide_EN

For questions not addressed in these resources, please contact Shantal Ingram, Community Investment Coordinator at communityinvestment@ckl.unitedway.ca for assistance.

 

By |2020-05-19T10:03:14-04:00May 19th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes launches new campaign, online resources.

United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes launches new campaign, online resources.

United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes is launching a new campaign to support vital community services during a critical time. This launch aligns with United Way Canada’s national campaign titled “Local Love in a Global Crisis.”

Donations made through United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes’ web portal can be designated to specific needs such as: food security, emergency funds for agencies and future community needs.

 

United Way acknowledges that not everyone is in a position to give financial support to organizations at this time, and explains that there are other ways to share the spirit of Local Love and help our community heal. “Over the course of the next weeks and months, it will be important for each of us to continue or to start checking in with one another and more vulnerable people,” says Penny Barton Dyke, Executive Director of UWCKL.  “You have insight into your rural communities and can help United Way CKL and partners, identify gaps in services and emerging needs. Share your concerns. Lend a hand of support by helping share our social media and by doing acts of kindness.”

 

Education has always been a priority at Edwin Binney’s Community Garden, and while students are not currently able to visit us with their class, we have shared all of our educational materials online for free! Many of these projects can be completed at home. From making mud pies and learning about soil, to photographing systems in the environment, the learning opportunities are endless! Resources can be found at https://ckl-unitedway.ca/classroom-resources/

 

By |2020-05-05T11:39:22-04:00May 5th, 2020|News|0 Comments
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