United Way disperses additional $90,000 in emergency funding to Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton programs.

 

On October 5, 2020, United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes launched a second 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 Government of Canada has released the balance of funding for ECSF which 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 second round of funding. United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes has received over 12 applications for community programs and services that support vulnerable community members. To date, 23 organizations have been approved for a total of $344,723.08.

 

Programs funded through this round of the Emergency Community Response Fund include:

 

City of Kawartha Lakes

  • A Place Called Home, Homeless Shelter, $7,500
  • Boys and Girls Club City of Kawartha Lakes, After School Program, $7,500
  • Centre of Hope, Food Bank, $7,500
  • Canadian Mental Health Association HKPR, Health Promotion, $7,500
  • Coboconk and Area Food Bank, Food Bank, $5,101.94
  • Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes, Standing Together and Receiving Support (S.T.A.R.S.) Program, $7,500
  • Five Counties Children’s Centre, Outdoor Treatment Space, $7,473.70
  • Therapeutic Horse Riding in Lindsay (T.H.R.I.L.) $7,500

 

Haliburton County

  • Point in Time, Closing the Gap Connectivity Program, $7,500
  • Rotary Club of Haliburton, Good Food Box, $5,500
  • SIRCH, Lunch Tickets, $7,500

 

Cross Jurisdictional

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters, Virtual School Mentoring, $7,500

 

United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes is proud to support the important investment of $90,000 into our local communities. A portion of the investment was used to assemble the and train the application review committee, liaise with community groups and applicants, and monitor the distribution of funds with the federal government..

 

“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.

 

“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,

United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes

By |2020-11-27T11:30:46-05:00November 27th, 2020|News|0 Comments

United Way Community Garden Donates 12,700 lbs of produce to City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton organizations.

United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes announced Monday that the cumulative total of produce donated from Edwin Binney’s Community Garden 2020 was over 12,700 lbs. Produce from the garden reached 1,315 individuals across the City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton through food banks and community organizations. An additional 275 participants received produce through three pilot projects; Fresh Produce Friday, which served three housing communities in partnership with the City of Kawartha Lakes; Garden at Your Table, which delivered produce in collaboration with Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes; and Haliburton FoodLove in partnership with HHHS Community Programs.

The garden has more than doubled last year’s total yield of 5,500 lbs. This year, the size of the plowed area was expanded to produce larger yields, and multiple crops were planted in succession throughout the season. With funding from Tree Canada, UWCKL and Fleming College planted over 100 fruit trees at the garden earlier this month. Their team is anticipating even greater yields and more variety due to the addition of this orchard for years to come.

The ongoing development of partnerships has brought incredible dedicated experts together for the past several years to help design Edwin Binney’s Community Garden.  In its second season, this unique agricultural food security initiative and education center has yielded far more than anticipated by the main partners, Crayola Canada, Fleming College and UWCKL.   “Fleming College’s lead experts helped us plan a response to support current food programs here and in Haliburton County,” explains Penny Barton Dyke, Executive Director of UWCKL. “Seniors, families, and those who found themselves more isolated during this time were able to receive healthy fresh food.  We are grateful to our donors and supporters especially during who made it possible to ramp up our production,” she adds.

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

By |2020-11-23T15:58:19-05:00November 23rd, 2020|News|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

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

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

United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes distributes emergency funding to support seniors’ programs in Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton.

United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes has announced that it will distribute $49,278.00 in emergency funding to several organizations in the City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton.

This funding was made possible by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program. United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes thanks the Government of Canada for their continued support during this time, and for increasing supports for individuals age 55 and older.

“While physical distancing is essential to protecting seniors from COVID-19, it risks isolating them from their community. That is why the Government of Canada is proud to work with United Way Canada to help support the needs of seniors during this difficult time. By using local expertise, this funding will help provide support tailored to the unique, local needs of seniors across the country. As we work together to flatten the curve and slow the spread of the virus, the government is supporting Canadians every step of the way,” writes The Honorable Deb Schulte, Minister of Seniors

 

Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes has been granted $20,000 to support their existing Meals on Wheels Program, which has seen increased demand due to the current pandemic. This program delivers prepared meals to seniors across the City of Kawartha Lakes, reducing the need for them to leave their homes.

“We’re very grateful to the United Way for supporting the increased service demands of our Meals on Wheels program, allowing us to continue providing nutritious meals and important security checks for our most vulnerable clients,” says Barb Mildon, CEO, Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes. “We’re proud to serve the seniors in our community, ensuring that they can stay safe and comfortable at home for as long as possible.”

Grant recipients in Haliburton County include: The Central Food Network, the Rotary Club of Haliburton’s Good Food Box, and SIRCH Community Services. These organizations provide essential food services to seniors who are self-isolating, as well as individuals and families experiencing economic insecurity. Grants will range from $3,000-$5,000 and aim to help expand the organization’s capacity to serve seniors.

“Our hope is that this grant will enhance and support established programs.  We are concerned that we have many seniors in rural areas who might become easily isolated, explains Penny Barton Dyke, Executive Director of United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes. “Together, we can ensure they receive food, supports and wellness checks with this funding.  Seniors need to know that we are here for them and this is an unprecedented time, and so we all need to check in with others and ask for help or a friendly phone call.”

Organizations were selected based on their current capacity to serve the immediate needs of seniors, their geographic area and the needs that they identified to United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes.

The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) provides grants and contributions for projects that help improve the well-being of seniors and foster their social inclusion. To provide more support for seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada announced flexibility for organizations to use funding received through the NHSP community-based stream to provide immediate and essential services to seniors impacted by COVID-19.

For more information about local funding through the New Horizons for Seniors Program, or to donate to United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes please visit ckl-unitedway.ca

 

Contact:

E: office@ckl.unitedway.ca T: (705) 878-5081

Funded by The Government of Canada's New Horizons For Seniors Program. [image of Canada wordmark]

 

To access a New Horizons for Seniors Program supported service see the information below:

Meals on Wheels

Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes

E: info@ccckl.ca     T: (705) 324-7323

Central food Network

Wilberforce – E: tina@centralfoodnetwork.org T: (705) 448-9711

Cardiff – T: (613) 339-2704

SIRCH Community Services

E: info@sirch.on.ca

T: (705) 457-1742

Haliburton Rotary Club

E: bri.nash@hotmail.com

T: (705) 455-9388

 

By |2020-05-01T11:52:08-04:00May 1st, 2020|News|0 Comments

United Way CKL invites you to the world premiere of the original documentary ‘The Garden’

United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes is excited to announce the world premiere of The Garden, an original documentary produced by YourTV. This documentary covers the first year of Edwin Binney’s Community Garden – an innovative food security initiative that has provided over three tons of fresh vegetables to non-profit agencies and food banks across the City of Kawartha Lakes.

“This movie celebrates community leaders and how partnerships are key to the creation of a highly productive garden,” says Penny Barton Dyke, Executive Director or UWCKL. “It shares the story of a community willing to seize the opportunity to create a response to produce higher yields of food to support food programs while simultaneously creating a unique experiential educational centre for Fleming students and local elementary and secondary schools,” she adds.

This completely innovative garden is located on roughly two acres of Crayola Canada’s previously unused land in Lindsay. In its first year of operation, Edwin Binney’s Community Garden provided more than 5,500 pounds of fresh vegetables to ten food banks and eleven social service agencies in our community: supplementing budgets for agencies while providing healthy and fresh options for their clients. At the same time, our staff hosted educational agriculture workshops for 350 children from 15 summer camps and school classes.

“The excitement and enthusiasm of the United Way CKL were enough for YourTV to become involved in the process of documenting Edwin Binney’s Community Garden,” says YourTV producer Marcus Ferguson, who directed and produced the movie.

“The transformation from a muddy field to a thriving garden was truly an inspiration and we couldn’t be more proud to be a part of it. YourTV looks forward to sharing this special program which will serve to document not only the transformation but the effort to assist the community in combating hunger through community gardening,” he adds.

More than anything, this event is a celebration of community and the power that comes from working together. The documentary features interviews with the Dean of Fleming College Frost Campus, the Mayor of the City of Kawartha Lakes, Managers of Crayola Canada, and some workshop participants.

The event will take place at the Crombie Lecture Theatre at Fleming College Frost Campus from 6 – 8 p.m. on February 6, 2020. Mock-tails and popcorn will be served before the movie, which begins at 6:30. Tickets are available for $15 and all proceeds go toward Edwin Binney’s Community Garden.

We would like to thank our sponsors: Electric Electric, Brant Doyle Plumbing, and Crayola Canada for supporting this cause with such enthusiasm.

Contact us to get your tickets today!

E: office@ckl.unitedway.ca t: 705 878-5081

By |2020-01-15T16:49:16-05:00January 13th, 2020|News|0 Comments

2020 Mona Hall recipient announced

United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes (UWCKL) has announced A Place Called Home (APCH) as the recipient of a $5,000 grant from the Telecare Mona Hall Fund to pilot a new Youth Emergency Fund Project.

This pilot will ensure that the immediate needs of youth in crisis, facing homelessness, or at risk of homelessness are met during the waiting period for other financial aid. Funds provided in the form of gift cards will help youth stay warm, fed, and connected to their community.

“Over the years, we have been given the privilege of small legacy gifts which have allowed us to invest in people in real time.  When donors give to UWCKL they do so with purpose and with the knowledge that funds go to high priority needs. These funds are monitored with the help of citizen review panel teams to ensure transparency and accountability,” explains Penny Barton Dyke, Executive Director of UWCKL.

When Lifeline Telecare closed its doors, funds were transferred to UWCKL to administer through a committee process and to help local groups initiate innovative programs in response to emerging or identified community priorities over a five-year period. The funds have been overseen by a committee of volunteers with expertise. Five agencies have received funding since the launch of the grant fund in 2016: Kawartha Sexual Assault addressed dating violence prevention for youth; Ontario Early Years created the Queen Victoria Public School Summer Outreach Program; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kawartha Lakes-Haliburton created an in-School Mentoring Resource initiative and marketing for mentors, The John Howard Society started a Caring Dads Program to increase skills for fathers needing special supports, and last year Community Care Health and Care Network created a teleconference caregiver support program.

This was the final round for the Telecare Mona Hall Legacy Fund.  The criteria and process was created through the efforts of volunteer panels, led by Lynne Downey, with support by UWCKL staff.  UWCKL has been able to support several pilot projects and the agencies awarded the gifts were able to capture measurable outcomes and help identify potential new programs.  Together we have helped strengthen supports for people who live here.

 

For further information on the Youth Emergency Fund, please contact:

Jennifer Lopinski, Youth Trustee – A Place Called Home

(705) 328-0905

 

By |2020-01-07T15:23:16-05:00January 7th, 2020|News|0 Comments

19 things that we accomplished in 2019!

As we swap our calendars and welcome the new year, the team at United Way has been reflecting on all that we have accomplished in 2019. The best part is – each milestone that we have reached has been because of someone’s generosity.

Although it could be much longer, here is a list of 19 things we (our volunteers, local businesses and supporters) accomplished in 2019:

  1. We planted Edwin Binney’s Community Garden for the first time ever!
  2. Collaborated with countless local businesses in the fight against poverty,
  3. Taught more than 350 local children from 15 different schools and summer camps about where their food comes from
  4. Provided funding to vital programs at local not-for-profit agencies
  5. Learned about sustainable agriculture from the experts (and students) at Fleming College
  6.  Had another successful fundraising campaign with LCBO
  7. Had an original documentary made about our garden initiative thanks to Cogeco / YourTV
  8. Provided paid training opportunities for students through the Canada Summer Jobs program
  9. Expanded our program funding in Haliburton County
  10. Had one of our most successful Crayola sales yet!
  11. Planted 1500 tomato plants – that’s A LOT of tomatoes!
  12. Provided nearly 3 tons of vegetables to 10 food banks and 11 non-profit agencies.
  13. Found new friendships in unexpected places! We are always so grateful when people take time out of their day to volunteer with us.
  14.  Finally got to share a dream that we have been working on for years with the help of Crayola at our garden’s grand opening party
  15. Built garden plots at the Coboconk Legion!
  16. Received funding from the Lindsay C.H.E.S.T. Fund, TD Friends of the Environment, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation
  17. Continued working hard towards our goal of reducing poverty in the City of Kawartha Lakes
  18. Supplemented the Good Food Box program with our veggies
  19. Found unlimited potential in our community.
By |2020-01-03T16:11:21-05:00January 3rd, 2020|News|0 Comments

31st Annual Crayola Sale Cheque Presentation

On Wednesday November 27th, 2019 a group of United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes Staff, Board members and volunteers met at the Crayola Canada office to be presented with a cheque from the 31st Annual Crayola Sale. The sale is held every year at the Lindsay Exhibition Fairgrounds (LEX) and attracts shoppers from all over the province; some shoppers even travel from the United States. The sale creates both local and global impacts as several attendees return each year to purchase Crayola products for mission trips to Mexico, Cuba and even Zimbabwe! Other attendees purchase goods for Holiday presents, or as supplies for classrooms.

Two years ago, the team at Crayola Canada set a goal of raising $40,000 to reach a total of $1,000,000 donated to the United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes over 29 years. This goal was exceeded in 2017, and the success continued in 2018 with another $42,620.80 raised. United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes is excited to announce that 2019 was in fact the largest ever Crayola Sale, bringing in $45,132.00. United Way will use these funds to continue implementing their vision statement of crafting human care agendas within and across our communities, building coalitions around these agendas and increasing investments by expanding and diversifying resource development. The staff, board members and volunteers at United Way work tirelessly to ensure that these investments have recognizable impacts, and extend their thanks to Crayola for leading the way for other businesses to invest in our community.

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.”

Penny Barton Dyke, Executive Director of the United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes shares her gratitude: “Our campaign this year has been about inspiring others to care and to lead.  Crayola and its employees truly are exceptional in their commitment to helping children, youth and families.  Their corporate leadership is outstanding as are the employees who volunteer for the sale and join in their workplace campaign. It is amazing to see shoppers from across the province support the sale and know there is a ripple effect in addition to the funds helping thousands of children and their families for 31 years. We would also like to thank the LEX for hosting the sale once again this year; when we all work together on community projects, lifelong impacts happen.”

United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes and Crayola Canada have recently launched an exciting development in their partnership. In 2019, Crayola Canada, Fleming College and United Way CKL partnered to develop nearly 2 acres of unused land on the lot adjacent to the Crayola building into Edwin Binney’s Community Garden. Some of the funds raised at the 31st Annual Crayola Sale will go towards this Community Garden project, which in its first year of operation was able to provide over 5,500 pounds of produce to 10 food banks and 11 agencies in the City of Kawartha Lakes, while also teaching agriculture workshops to 350 children from 15 school and summer camp groups. Plans for expansion in year 2 are well under way; those interested in getting involved should follow United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes on Instagram (@unitedwayckl), Twitter (@UnitedWayCKL), and Facebook (@UWCKL).

By |2019-11-27T10:13:06-05:00November 27th, 2019|News|0 Comments

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