At United Way, our role is to convene the relevant local social services, public health and government stakeholders to see how we could support those most in need. As we organize, grassroots groups are forming. Neighbours are helping neighbours. Volunteers are stepping up.

Everyone has an important role to play.

To learn more about how we are helping meet the needs of our community, please visit our COVID-19 Response Page.

If you are a United Way Donor in CKL and Haliburton, you helped:

Children benefit from programs in their communities: allowing them to learn, dance, colour, and sing.
Individuals access programs to address disabilities, mental health and well-being, and social isolation for seniors.
People in vulnerable living situations have their shelter needs supported, while developing skills, increasing their knowledge in budgeting, and learning to grow and prepare their own food.

A Message from our Executive Director

COVID-19 has caused a major shift in community demand for programs that help people with necessities of life. Despite the hardships and fear in the last year and a half, we have learned that working together, we are stronger.

Greater numbers of people need help with mental health, job loss, skills training and food security. It is during this time of need that more services are required to help people in real time. The frontline agencies that deliver these programs are mostly non-profits and many are struggling as well. Non-profits are a necessary infrastructure in our economy and the need for services has never been greater.

To tackle tough issues such as poverty, especially when these issues have been exacerbated by the pandemic, it is important to build our capacity as a community together. It is equally important to look to different ways of investing and empowering people.

We need to grow our campaign momentum with you. Twenty agencies, 11 programs, and 3 special pilot projects received 1000s of pounds of free fresh produce from Edwin Binney’s Community Garden. Two major food bank distribution centres received regular deliveries of food from the garden throughout the growing season. In total 22 agencies  were supported through local donors and special emergency funds.

The need for resources in the City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton continues to grow. Local agencies have continued to stretch their services to help people in crisis. United Way needs you to continue to believe that we can make a difference together. Giving is believing.

Penny Barton Dyke
Executive Director
The United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes


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Executive Director of UWCKL announces retirement

United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes announced at its September 8th AGM, its Executive Director, Penny Barton Dyke will be retiring from the organization after seventeen and a half years.  “It has been a privilege and honour to work with incredible community leaders, donors, volunteers and staff over the years, she noted.  I am looking forward to taking some time off and looking at new adventures.”

Over her tenure, Penny was tasked to be a brave community leader and look at innovative ways to help agencies and the communities that we serve.  With her retirement, we are looking back at some of the ground-breaking work that has been completed:

In 2005-08, UWCKL participated in the largest (and first) collaboration of 16 small rural Ontario United Ways.  This in-depth consultative process was called Community Matters. It became a catalyst that transformed UWCKL’s approach to community engagement and development work.  Ms. Barton Dyke added, “Community Investment has always included traditional agency support. Community Matters steered us towards deeper community conversations which led us to help develop better collaborations with partners.  Essentially, it was a call to action to help lead cutting edge projects and find new ways of working with partners.  UWCKL assisted with the development of the Poverty Reduction Strategy for Haliburton County and the City of Kawartha Lakes.  It really highlighted that our work was going in the right direction but we needed to continue to look for diverse approaches to systemic issues.”

Shantal Ingram, Penny Barton Dyke and Emily Beall are pictured at the Edwin Binney's Community Garden Farm Stand located at 50 Mary Street West in Lindsay.

Pictured (from left to right): Shantal Ingram, Penny Barton Dyke and Emily Beall at the Edwin Binney’s Community Garden Farm Stand located at 50 Mary Street West in Lindsay.


Duncan Gallacher, Board President noted in his AGM remarks that UWCKL’s noted it took two years of consultations with more than 30 lead supporters and subject matter experts to create an impactful food security project called Edwin Binney’s Community Garden (EBCG).  EBCG was created four years ago.  With the help of lead partners such as Crayola Canada, Fleming College Sustainable Agriculture and Lindsay Campus and the Otto and Marie Pick Foundation it established a multi-pronged approach to food security and education. Crayola provided land and financial supports.  The Fleming College Sustainable Agriculture program and Lindsay Campus has provided skills and knowledge in planning and growing crops.  The setting has provided experiential learning for its students. From the beginning the Otto and Marie Pick Foundation has supported the initiative by providing funding for paid co-op students and young learners.  In his remarks at the AGM as his last year as President, Gallagher described their Executive Director as one of the most genuine and dedicated people he has ever worked with and he said, “I don’t feel the city will every truly appreciate the positive impact you have had on us all.”

Keeping with innovative approaches, the Board of Directors has hired Emily Beall and Shantal Ingram to be Co-Executive Directors.  Both currently work for UWCKL and bring a wide breadth of talent and dedication to the position.  Ms. Beall is currently the Projects and Communications Coordinator and oversees the EBCG as part of her duties.  Ms. Ingram is the Community Investment Coordinator and has led six campaigns and worked with many of the agencies, donors and volunteers in this role.  They both look forward to meeting with community agency leaders, donors and volunteers as they move into their shared roll.

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Did You Know…

  • 90% of Canadians will access a United Way funded program in their lifetime.
  • After government, United Ways are the second largest funder of social services in Ontario.
  • Approximately $8.7 million has been invested in agency programs since 1986 in the City of Kawartha Lakes.
  • In addition, United Way has invested over $1,000,000 in community projects since 2005.
  • Community Investment includes: $65,000 in bursaries to local high school graduates, Age Friendly Steering Committee, Community Gardens, and training in Outcomes Measurement.
  • United Way of the CKL is part of the Poverty Reduction Roundtable for the City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton.
  • Edwin Binney’s Community Garden and 40 United Way garden plots help hundreds of people access fresh produce and increase food literacy. In total, there are over 100 United Way funded or supplied community garden plots in the City of Kawartha Lakes.
  • Every year, up to 24 community members are chosen to be part of the Citizen Review Panel which is responsible for ensuring fair and transparent distribution of funds.
  • In 2021, 16,264 lbs. of produce from Edwin Binney’s Community Garden was donated from to food banks, charity organizations and clients in the City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton County.
  • 211 is a free helpline that connects you to community and social services in your area 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in over 150 languages.
  • Each year, United Ways and Centraides in Canada raise upwards of $520 million, the majority of which is reinvested in local communities to support programs and services.
  • 20 food banks and 15 agencies have received produce from Edwin Binney’s Community Garden.

Valuable yet vulnerable programs have life-long impacts

Through community investments and partnerships, the United Way understands the value of safeguarding smaller agencies that specialize in unique yet vital programs. Identifying neighbourhoods where children are ready for school – or not ready as the case may be – is critical to making cost effective investments. It is imperative that we ensure mobile programming reaches children in rural villages and hamlets throughout our catchment area.

“All Children deserve a fair chance to reach their potential, and the United Way recognizes that need in our community. Funds received through the United Way are very important to the continuation of one-to-one mentoring programs.”

-Jim De Florio
Retired Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters

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