This year we couldn’t be together, but that didn’t stop the community from coming together virtually for 3M Harvest Lunch and to launch the United Way Campaign.
When COVID-19 struck in March, it impacted everyone, pushing people already experiencing barriers further into the margins. Families and individuals need help, perhaps more now than ever before.
That’s why this year, in lieu of gathering with over 2,000 DoGooders at Bud Gardens for the annual lunch-time event, every ticket purchased provided a meal for a neighbor in need at one of five partner agencies working in the community. Agency partners included Next Wave Youth Centre in Strathroy, Inn Out of the Cold in St. Thomas, Neighbourhood Resource Association of Westminster Park, Anova and Horton Street Seniors Centre in London.
The week featured online stories and videos available on social media and the United Way website that shared the powerful impact of donors support. Each day a local expert discussed the impact COVID-19 has had on their clients and how United Way has helped them to pivot to new ways of helping people in this difficult time.
Ticket sales allowed United Way Elgin Middlesex to purchase meals from locally owned and operated businesses and have them delivered safely for distribution. Local business partners included Big Fat Food Truck, Bifana Boys, Roy’s Family Restaurant, Big Daddy Bacon and Catering by James Meadows.
The week wrapped up with a special presentation, hosted by Pure Country’s Dave and Rachel, and featured local DoGooders Kelly Ziegner, CEO & President, United Way Elgin Middlesex, Trevor Squires, United Way 2020 Campaign Chair and Chief ChangeMaker & General Manager, McCormick Canada, and Penny Wise, President of 3M Canada. The guests discussed the upcoming launch of the United Way 2020 Campaign and the impact COVID-19 has had on the community.
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Didn’t have your chance to purchase a ticket? You can still buy meals for our community until Oct. 2.
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