All-nighter kickstarts crucial county conversations

Last night 22 DoGooders from across Middlesex and Elgin Counties stayed up all night–connected virtually from their homes–to raise dollars and awareness for local programs helping people facing barriers to a good life.

Throughout the night, participants took part in conversations with a line-up of local experts to learn about issues like hunger, mental health, intimate partner violence and social isolation, diving deep into how each one of us can make a difference in our community, personally.

In the past, Sleepless in our City participants slept in their cars as a symbolic gesture to help raise dollars and awareness for issues related to poverty and homelessness in the counties.

Now, because of past Sleepers and hard-working partners over the years, the conversation has grown to include issues like hunger, mental health, intimate partner violence and social isolation.

“Last night we pulled an all-nighter with local experts to educate ourselves and have a conversation about the issues hurting Elgin and Middlesex Counties,” said Kelly Ziegner, President & CEO, United Way Elgin Middlesex. “Now it’s time to take that conversation into the community so we can help even more people.”

Although the virtual event is over, donations are still being accepted until March 19th.

To help your neighbours in Elgin and Middlesex Counties you can make a donation to Sleepless on the United Way website at

United Way works so that every person in every community across our region has a fair shot at their best life. As the largest non-government funder of social services in Elgin and Middlesex counties, we tackle issues linked to poverty and social isolation through strategic leadership, advocacy, and investment in programs proven to get results.

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Our Participants

  • LoriAnn Baetz
  • Margaret Barrie
  • Adam Beverly
  • Holly Blair
  • Fiona Chapman
  • Jason Crawford
  • Angela Devries
  • Sean Dyke
  • Kaitlyn Harvey
  • Chief Chris Herridge
  • Heather Jackson
  • Melissa Kempf
  • Mike Kerkvliet
  • Colby Mauer
  • Brad Milne
  • Anna Newell
  • Melanie Rowley
  • Chris Soares
  • Jennifer Sullivan
  • Brian Tansy
  • Nathan Wilcox
  • Joe Winser

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