Impact Celebration shines spotlight on local love in action

Thanks to thousands of acts of local love by donors, volunteers and community partners, United Way announced last night that it is investing a total of $7 million in strategic leadership, community-building initiatives and 92 programs and services at 54 local agencies. This investment creates exponential impact and leverages 3,590 volunteers at United Way funded programs who contribute an additional $5,650,525 dollars-worth of their time and talent to our community.

Over 100 of United Way’s closest supporters gathered at the non-profit organization’s second annual Impact Celebration which took place at Bostwick Community Centre. The upbeat event was sponsored by McCormick Canada.

Guests were inspired by keynote speaker, Trishul Jotangia, a 10-year volunteer at Learning Disabilities Association of London Region. They also received an update on year two of London for All, the City of London’s United Way-led initiative to end poverty in a generation.

“United Way is the catalyst that ignites local love across the region,” says Kelly Ziegner, CEO, United Way Elgin Middlesex. “We invest in programs, volunteers and solutions that create an exponential impact right here at home. United Way changes lives, one person at a time.”

Highlights include:

  • United Way invests millions of dollars in our community. United Way is the largest non-government funder of social services in Elgin and Middlesex counties. This year, we are investing a total of $7 million in strategic leadership, community-building initiatives and 92 programs and services at 54 local agencies. Our five-year investment in local communities totals $40 million.
  • United Way leverages thousands of volunteers. Our $7 million investment leverages 3,590 volunteers at United Way funded programs who contribute an additional $5,650,525 dollars-worth of their time and talent to our community.
  • Our trusted voice champions solutions to end poverty, homelessness and social isolation at community and government planning tables. United Way participates in the London Homelessness Coalition, the Child and Youth Network and the St. Thomas Community Leader’s Cabinet. These are just a few of the ways we provide strategic leadership and advocate for our community.
  • We meet urgent needs and lead long-term solutions. United Way collected and distributed $299,906 in products to food banks, schools and community agencies to meet basic, urgent needs like menstrual hygiene products for women living in poverty and backpacks and warm boots for kids and families.

United Way is also at the helm of long-term strategies like London for All, our city’s roadmap to end poverty in a generation. At the end of year two, 52 out of 112 recommendations are complete, and 60 more are in motion.

“One act of local love – one donation, one hour of volunteering, one knapsack for a kid starting school – sets off a chain reaction in our community, an unstoppable force for good that makes life better for vulnerable people,” says Ziegner.

“When everyone gets the opportunity to build a better life, our whole community thrives.”

“One act of local love – one donation, one hour of volunteering, one knapsack for a kid starting school – sets off a chain reaction in our community, an unstoppable force for good that makes life better for vulnerable people.”

--Kelly Ziegner, CEO, United Way Elgin Middlesex

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