Giving Back Never Felt So Good!

2024 Day of Caring, group of volunteers at the London kick-off event

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In the last 6 months, London Coffee House has delivered services to 1,500 unique individuals, linking people with resources and community. They come for food, basic needs and just having a connection to community. United Way is the sole funder of London Coffee House. Without United Way and all of you, London Coffee House would not exist.”

Rose Whalen
Team Lead, Outreach Programs, CMHA Thames Valley Addiction & Mental Health Services

480 volunteers give their time to support 30 social service agencies across Elgin and Middlesex for United Way’s Day of Caring!

It doesn’t get better than this!

On June 13th, 480 volunteers from 25 workplaces dispersed across Elgin and Middlesex to give their time and support to 30 social service agencies, tackling significant projects.  

These incredible volunteers and community champions undertook essential tasks for agencies across the region, helping them accomplish big items on their to-do lists. From gardening, power washing, and painting to sorting clothing donations, organizing spaces, and doing outdoor clean-up, volunteers rolled up their sleeves to help others. 

Group of Enbridge volunteers gardening at Nextwave Youth Centre

Although Day of Caring is only one day, its impacts will last much longer. Clients of these agencies, and the agencies themselves, experience tangible benefits from the work done. At the same time, the volunteers and their workplaces have the chance to see first-hand the crucial work these agencies do in our community every single day.  

“In just one day, volunteers will give 2,400 hours of their time, sharing their skills and passion to improve the lives of others. These projects, that agencies may otherwise not have the resources to complete, become a powerful wave of good, sending ripples of hope throughout our community,” said Kelly Ziegner, President and CEO of United Way Elgin Middlesex. 

Starting the day off right, four Day of Caring kick-off pizza parties took place in London, St. Thomas, Strathroy, and Dorchester, where volunteers came together, celebrated the excitement of the day, and heard special remarks before departing to their volunteer locations. 

Sifton Properties group volunteering at Community Living London

“In the last 6 months, London Coffee House has delivered services to 1,500 unique individuals, linking people with resources and community. They come for food, basic needs and just having a connection to community. United Way is the sole funder of London Coffee House. Without United Way and all of you, London Coffee House would not exist”, said Rose Whalen, Team Lead, Outreach Programs, CMHA Thames Valley Addiction & Mental Health Services. 

Thanks to Libro Credit Union, this year marked the 23rd year for Day of Caring and Libro’s 8th consecutive year as presenting sponsor. 

“We love, love, love the United Way Day of Caring. Libro staff look forward to it all year, and we all enjoy getting out into the community and making a difference on so many projects. It’s just part of the way our credit union makes an impact in partnership with local groups, and we’re proud to be an organization making an impact,” said Laura Husser, Community Manager, London South Branch, Libro Credit Union. 

Group of Libro volunteers cleaning up a garden at Family Services Thames Valley for Day of Caring

With another successful Day of Caring in the books, it is clear that our community’s dedication to supporting their neighbours in need only continues to grow, truly demonstrating that we are all United. 

See our Facebook gallery for photos from Day of Caring.

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor

Libro Credit Union

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