LOCAL LOVE
IN ACTION

Impact Report 2018-19

Thousands of acts of local love.

Exponential impact right here at home.

Every day across our region, United Way Elgin Middlesex invests in 92 programs that improve lives at 54 local agencies and leverage thousands of volunteers who contribute more than five million dollars-worth of their time to our community.

Every month, our trusted voice has a seat at community and government planning tables, championing solutions to end poverty, homelessness and hunger.

And all year, over $300,000 in donated products show up at local food banks, schools and community resource centres to meet basic, urgent needs like tampons for women living in poverty and backpacks and warm boots for kids and families.

That’s the power of United Way.

More than just a fundraiser, our investments in programs, volunteers and solutions creates exponential impact right here at home.

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. And for us all. When everyone gets the opportunity to build a better life, our whole community thrives.

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United Way Elgin Middlesex - regional map

ONE REGION.

54 PARTNER AGENCIES.

92 FUNDED PROGRAMS.

Trishul Jotangia - LDA Board chair

Trishul Jotangia connected to a non-profit board through United Way Elgin Middlesex’s Canada Life Young Leaders program. Now facilitated by Pillar Nonprofit Network, the program gives young people the opportunity to get on boards at local non-profit organizations.

Youth success starts here

When Trishul Jotangia started looking for his first real job at 21, he had his heart set on the non-profit sector and a career that gave back. When he landed a great corporate gig with Goodlife Fitness, he needed to find another way to connect with the non-profit sector and satisfy the itch for purpose.

“I always knew someday I’d volunteer on a board,” he recalls. “Just starting out, I didn’t think I was skilled enough. I thought boards were only for people in their 50s or 60s who held very senior positions.”

Then Trishul’s best friend introduced him to a United Way-founded program designed specifically to get young people on boards. He participated in training at United Way, sat in on day-to-day operations at local non-profit organizations and found a board match with Learning Disabilities Association of London Region.

Trishul jumped in with both feet. “I realized that, not only could I be on a board, I could learn something I didn’t know. It made me passionate about making change.”

He was soon chairing the Nomination Committee, interviewing prospective board members and providing professional development for people with diverse backgrounds. Within four years, he was Board Chair.

The experience stretched his skill set and changed his perspective. “Looking back, I’ve known kids with learning disabilities my whole life,” he says. “I used to think they just didn’t work hard enough.”

“Learning about the actual struggles many kids face has turned me into an advocate. I want everyone to have the eye-opener I’ve had.”

So what advice does he have for the next generation? “Believe in yourself. At 22, I didn’t think I could make a difference. Now at 32, I’m proof of the impact you can make when you’re young and keen.”

Igniting Local Love across the region

$7M

92 programs

54 funded agencies + services
and community-building initiatives

$40M

5-YEAR TOTAL

Kyla - Chief ChangeMaker

When we join together, we can find powerful solutions to local problems.

– Kyla Woodcock, 2018 United Way Campaign Chair and Founder, Forest City Sport & Social Club

12,398

young people participated in quality after-school and community-based programs, making them more likely to become successful adults

WE #LOCAL ♥ VOLUNTEERS

3,590 VOLUNTEERS

at United Way funded programs

GAVE 209,275 HOURS

contributing a value of

$5,650,425

in time & talent across the region

Scotiabank StairClimb

2,000+ superheroes

186 teams 472 Steps to the top

$241,492 raised

Harvest Lunch 2018 - Local love bus

After making its debut at 3M Harvest Lunch in London, the Local Love in Action bus made stops in Strathroy, St.Thomas and Aylmer to kick off the 2018 campaign and celebrate the amazing ways communities show their local love. 2018 marks a full year since United Ways in St. Thomas and London unified. United Way Elgin Middlesex now serves a region representing more than half a million people.

1 IN 5

people across our region used a United Way funded program or service last year

– that’s more than 100,000 of us

As lead agency, United Way Elgin Middlesex is convening and facilitating the work of:

52 targets met

60 targets in motion

60 stakeholder groups

38 key decision-makers who identify with lived experience

160+ volunteers

Brian and Krystyna Teall - donors

If our gift means a child or family has a chance at a better life, then we have made an amazing investment.

– Brian and Krystyna Teall, Donors

Sleepless in Our City - logo
2 NIGHTS +
2 COMMUNITIES
$40,000 TO FIGHT RURAL POVERTY

Sleepless in our City events in St. Thomas and Strathroy attracted 31 dedicated sleepers who hunkered down for a cold night in their cars to raise awareness and funds for United Way. Thanks to sleepers and sponsors, we’re investing over $40,000 in hot meals, emergency shelter and long-term supports at local United Way funded programs.

GOING GENNEXTLEVEL

66 NEW LEADERSHIP

DONORS UNDER 40

THANKS TO MATCHING

BY TRICAR GROUP

RESULTING IN

$140,653

FOR YOUTH MENTORING

2,410

people accessed affordable housing, financial literacy training or emergency shelter, helping them meet urgent basic needs & work toward long-term solutions

Rose - program participant

THE program I connected with was a place to call home. United Way has given me a future. It’s the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me.

– Rose, Program participant

18,155
FAMILIES & SENIORS

accessed physical activity, healthy food or nutrition programs that build healthy habits and increase belonging

MOBILIZING TO MEET BASIC NEEDS

Labour - Tampon Tuesday logo

87,500
menstrual hygiene products

GenNext Bootdrive logo

741
winter boots for kids

3,706
backpacks filled with supplies

$300,000 in donated products for local food banks and schools last year

Alixandra & Chase - program participants

4,033

kids in grades K-3 received help to improve their reading and writing skills, increasing their potential for academic success

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