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United Way Is Deepening Its Impact On the Leeds & Grenville Community

United Way Is Deepening Its Impact On the Leeds & Grenville Community

Media Release

June 22, 2022

Brockville, ON – United Way Leeds & Grenville releases Our Strategic Journey – Step One Report to the public.

The Step One Report was released last week during United Way Leeds & Grenville’s Annual General Meeting. It outlines United Way’s progress on its strategic journey to address key systemic issues in the Leeds & Grenville community. The report highlights the approach they will take to narrow the focus around key issues and priorities in the community where the United Way can have a significant impact.

To this end, United Way Leeds & Grenville will explore the possibilities of a collective impact strategy which will focus on a collaboration between organizations, community and institutions. This approach will be deeper and more strategic than simply partnering on a project. It will mean coming together and collaborating in new ways.

“If we want to improve the resilience of our communities, we need to better understand the root causes of critical social issues in Leeds & Grenville, and how we can close the gap,” said Ian McFall, President of the Board of Directors, United Way Leeds & Grenville. “The community, including United Way’s network of agencies and partners, is an important bridge to understanding the critical issues and delivering the right solutions. This report is an important first step to letting the public know where we are heading and how we will invest important donor dollars.”

Communities across Canada are facing many complex social issues that affect every facet of daily life. Those who are struggling with issues have been further marginalized by the pandemic. The Leeds & Grenville community is not immune to these issues; in fact, we are just beginning to see the fall-out. United Way is on a journey to actively identify the key issues by listening to our communities through direct conversations and through the expertise of the social service agencies that provide services.

“We are very pleased to present our initial step to evolve as a critical advocate and investor in key social issues that affect our community,” says Trish Buote, Executive Director, United Ways Leeds & Grenville. “Although this may take some time, I am excited to ask the community for input, develop a plan and begin providing solutions that address the issues here. For our own sustainability, we must be able to demonstrate impact and progress and we must invest our donor dollars on the right things”.

For media inquiries or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Trish Buote

Executive Director

United Way Leeds & Grenville

Email: trish.buote@uwlg.org

Phone: 613-342-8889

www.uwlg.org

 

About United Way Leeds & Grenville

United Way Leeds & Grenville is a non-profit agency that supports 20 local partner agencies in the community. Its mission is to improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action. UWLG is dedicated to bringing people together to build vibrant and caring communities. For more information, please visit www.uwlg.org

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2021 Annual Report and Audited Financial Statements now available

Our 2021 Annual General Meeting was held on June 14th at 6pm. Click here to view our AGM Presentation.

You can find our publications here:

2021 Annual Report

2021 Audited Financial Statements

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We are hiring a summer student!

 

Job Description

Resource Development Coordinator - Summer Student age 16+

Tasks & Responsibilities

The Resource Development (RD) Coordinator, under the direction of the Director, Resource Development (RD), is responsible for researching, contacting and securing individual donations and employee workplace campaign donations and corporate sponsorships. The RD Coordinator will also assist with United Way Leeds & Grenville (UWLG) fundraising activities including: workplace giving campaigns and partnership development. This will include the preparation of fundraising and training materials. This role will also assist with volunteer recruitment and management for fundraising events and in workplaces; Direct Mail campaign preparation; cold calling to secure donation of goods; and assist with workplace giving kick-offs and events.

Nature of Supervision

The Participant will work in our office and day to day with the Director, Resource Development. The Participant will receive the following support and supervision: 1) Orientation: Health & Safety; Schedule; Job Duties & Expectations; Technology Review; Work Environment; Privacy, Office Tour; Review of other duties; Meet & Greet (Welcome) team members; 2) Detailed Policy Review; 3) Training: United Way Organization Training; Systems & Process Review; Available Tools;

Director, RD will determine other specific training required based on Participant’s abilities. The Director will also provide day-today feedback and oversight. A weekly meeting will be set-up to review priorities, offer guidance on projects and to remove barriers to success.

Nature of Mentoring

Mentoring – the Participant will be provided with the opportunity to sit with each team member individually to shadow them on their work so that they obtain a good understanding of how the organization operates. It will also give them a good understanding of who to go to when they have questions while working through projects. Director, RD will work with the RD Coordinator daily to get acquainted with workplaces and available resources for fund building.

The Participant will shadow the Director, RD and then be asked to take on some projects of their own to lead. Director and Executive Director will be available at any time to support the success of the Participant in their role.

Client Service

Great Client or Customer Service skills is critical to the success of the United Way. It is the basis for building positive relationships with donors, workplaces, businesses, volunteers and team members. Participants will gain skills on great Customer/Client Service through mentoring, observation and doing. The specific skills that they will develop or improve will be: Patience, Attentiveness, Clear communication skills, Knowledge of the United Way and the agencies we support, Ability to use positive language and time management skills.

Communication

Communication skills are critical both internally and externally to be successful at the United Way in helping us meet our mandate. Participants will develop or improve business communication skills and presentation skills, from strategy and text preparation to voice quality, body language, establishing rapport, and overcoming speaking anxiety.

Participants will learn how to do an elevator speech on the United Way as well as be asked to develop and deliver a presentation on their projects. Team members will support them in the development of these skills and provide constructive and positive feedback.

Other – Fundraising Skills

Fundraising skills are critical to the success of the United Way and in achieving our mandate to help as many people in the community as possible. Participants will gain the following fundraising skills: 1) Social Awareness so that they can focus their attention on cues from a donor; 2) Ability to build a strong trusting relationship with the donor or volunteer; 3) Social Skills – being polished and gracious; 4) Etiquette; and 5) The ask.

Health & Safety Practice

As part of the orientation, the Participant will be required to review the Health & Safety Manual having the opportunity to ask questions. They will also be given a full tour of the building and its safety tools. Any new health & Safety updates are available on the main announcement Board on our main floor of the building. The office also has two staff members who are trained in CPR and AOD. The office environment is generally safe and will not require the Participant to utilize hazardous materials. General lifting may be required for some events. We will ask Participants to share any limitations they may have and both the United Way and Participant will ensure that we do not present any risks based on those limitations.

Career Related Experience

  1. Philanthropy Management;
  2. 2. Sociology – Community Impact Management;
  3. 3. Health Care;
  4. 4. Strategic Management;
  5. 5. Special Events Management;

Please send your resume to info@uwlg.org.

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Come Out and Meet Darryl Sittler at the Gord Brown Memorial Golf Tournament

 

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Brockville, ON: NHL Hockey Hall of Fame member, Darryl Sittler, will join us for the 2nd Annual Gord Brown Memorial Golf Tournament on Wednesday August 17 at Smuggler’s Glen Golf Course!

Hockey legend, Darryl Sittler played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Philadelphia Flyers, and the Detroit Red Wings from1970 to 1985. He holds an unbroken record for scoring 10 points in a single hockey game, scored the winning goal at the 1976 Canada Cup, and he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1989.

United Way Leeds & Grenville and the YMCA of Eastern Ontario are collaborating on the event and all money raised will go directly into programs offered locally, ensuring that our community continues to receive support and programming provided by both charities.

“We are extremely excited and proud to have one of Canada's greatest hockey legends join us for this important event for our community,” said Trish Buote, United Way Executive Director. “Throughout his career and in his retirement, Darryl has been a strong advocate for healthy communities. His beliefs align so well with both our United Way and the YMCA.”

The past two years have put a lot of pressure on members of our Leeds & Grenville community. Returning to a fully healthy and prosperous community is the ultimate goal.  

“Whether you’re a hockey fan or not, there isn’t a Canadian who doesn’t know the name Darryl Sittler,” said Rob Adams, CEO, YMCA of Eastern Ontario. “We are thrilled that he has chosen to support this event and our community. It speaks to his long commitment to public service and his understanding of how difficult the past two years have been. Stepping up to support social and health-based programs demonstrates just how important these programs are.”

The return of the golf tournament will honour the Late Gord Brown’s legacy of giving back to our great community. Gord would be amazed that Darryl Sittler, #27 and his favourite professional hockey player, would join us for this event.

The tournament will attract golfers of all levels who are looking to support a worthy cause and enjoy a beautiful course.

Space is filling up fast. To register a team online please visit: uwlg.org or  http://united-way-leeds-grenville.square.site/ If you would rather register a team offline, sponsor the event or have questions please contact Christine Radford. Contact information is below.

About United Way Leeds & Grenville

United Way Leeds & Grenville is a non-profit agency that supports 20 local partner agencies in the community. Its mission is to improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action. UWLG is dedicated to bringing people together to build vibrant and caring communities. For more information, please visit www.uwlg.org

 

About YMCA Eastern Ontario

The YMCA of Eastern Ontario is a charity that provides programs and services to improve health and health outcomes, develops leaders, helps build social connections and provides safe, inclusive spaces for

people of all ages. The Y is Canada’s largest provider of childcare with trademarked curricula and offers fitness and other specialized programs including Work Hard Eat Well, Karate and Total Life Care. www.eo.ymca.ca

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If you are interested in a sponsorship opportunity, please contact:

Christine Radford

Director, Resource Development

United Way Leeds & Grenville

Email: christine.radford@uwlg.org

Phone: 613-342-8889

www.uwlg.org

 

For media inquiries or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Colleen Gareau

Director, Marketing & Communication

YMCA Eastern Ontario

Email: colleen.gareau@eo.ymca.ca

Mobile: 613-888-9298

colleen.gareau@eo.ymca.ca

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Volunteers Needed!

We are in need of volunteers for many current & upcoming events!

Raffle ticket sales (Canadian Tire Brockville or Canadian Tire Prescott)

Golf Tournament (Smuggler's Glen Golf Course)

Docs & Diamonds (Brockville)

Hockey Tournament (Kemptville)

 

Please contact Wendy at 613-342-8889 if you are available for any events.  Our raffle ticket sales volunteers work a minimum of 2 hours based on availability.

 

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3 days left to get in on our Early Bonus Draw!

 

Get your tickets in the draw to win this CANVAS Bala Square Outdoor Patio Sectional Set w/UV-Resistant Cushions, 6-pc (MSRP $1,299.99 plus taxes $1,468.99) generously donated by Canadian Tire Brockville/Prescott. Your tickets will also then be entered in the final draw taking place on June 24th.

Get your tickets here: www.uwlg5050.ca

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Our AGM will be held on June 14, 2022

We're holding our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, June 14th at 6pm. Please contact our office if you wish to attend. 613-342-8889.

 

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Congratulations to our 3rd 50/50 draw winner!

Congratulations to our 3rd 50/50 raffle winner! Darsey Knapp of Gananoque has won half of the $5,440 pot with ticket #B-2143.  Congratulations, Darsey!

 

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Our 4th 50/50 is now live!

 

We're back for another 50/50 draw. This draw will go until June 24th where someone will win half the pot! We have the same great raffle sponsor (Canadian Tire Brockville & Canadian Tire Prescott), but we're introducing some new prizes!

Our bonus draws are sponsored by Pricedex Software. The super early bonus draw on May 20th is for $500. The early bonus draw on June 10 is for an Outdoor Patio Sectional valued at $1,468.99.

As always, tickets are available at www.uwlg5050.ca. Your ticket, if bought before May 20th will give you a chance to win all 3 prizes! Shop early!

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Fore! The 2nd Annual Gord Brown Memorial Golf Tournament all Teed Up for August 17

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Fore! The 2nd Annual Gord Brown Memorial Golf Tournament all Teed Up for August 17

Brockville, ON: Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Gord Brown Memorial Golf Tournament teed up for Wednesday August 17 at Smuggler’s Glen Golf Course to raise funds for local people in need.

The United Way Leeds & Grenville and the YMCA of Eastern Ontario are collaborating on the event and all money raised will go directly into programs offered locally, ensuring that our community continues to receive support and programming provided by both charities.

“This tournament really signifies the commitment between the YMCA Eastern Ontario and United Way Leeds & Grenville to help make our community stronger and more resilient and to help bring the late Gord Brown’s vision of a healthier community come to fruition,” said Trish Buote, United Way Executive Director. “We are an organization based on demonstrating the greatest impact with the dollars entrusted to us by our donors”

The past two years have put extreme pressures on everyone in our community; anyone already struggling has been particularly challenged throughout the pandemic.  

“The United Way and the YMCA provide and support programs that directly impact people in our communities,” said Rob Adams, CEO, YMCA of Eastern Ontario. “At the Y, we provide healthy programs as well as inclusive spaces where visitors can feel safe, meet new friends and engage in positive social connections – the latter was sorely missed by anyone who had to isolate and we’re seeing the mental health issues that arise from that. We have also seen need for our services grow. One in five Y memberships is supported through our financial assistance program, which is funded through the generosity of donors.”

The late MP Gord Brown’s family is extremely happy to support this year’s golf tournament and are proud to continue Gord’s legacy of giving back to our great community. Gord would have made it his mission to ensure that we recovered and thrived. Participating or sponsoring this event is a way to make this vision possible.

 “We are proud to work with the Brown family to ensure this is a fun event worthy of celebrating Gord’s memory,” Buote added. “We are excited to announce that Gord’s eldest son Chance and his brother Jeff will be our honourary co-chairs for the event.”

The tournament will attract golfers of all levels who are looking to support a worthy cause and enjoy a beautiful course – and have the opportunity to golf with a famous sports personality or two. This year’s tournament fees are $796 per foursome or $199 per person, which includes golf, cart, dinner, special tastings/experiences at various holes, golf with NHL alumni and a chance to win fantastic prizes throughout the course. “We hope that people will come out, have a great time and help build resiliency in our region,” Adams said.

To register a team online please visit: http://united-way-leeds-grenville.square.site/If you would rather register a team offline, donate to the event or have questions please contact Christine Radford. Contact information is below.

If you are interested in a sponsorship opportunity, please contact:

Christine Radford

Director, Resource Development

United Way Leeds & Grenville

Email: christine.radford@uwlg.org

Phone: 613-342-8889

www.uwlg.org

For media inquiries or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Colleen Gareau

Director, Marketing & Communication

YMCA Eastern Ontario

Email: colleen.gareau@eo.ymca.ca

Mobile: 613-888-9298

colleen.gareau@eo.ymca.ca

                             

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2nd Annual Gord Brown Memorial Golf Tournament

The golf tournament is back after a long Pandemic.  Please visit our Golf Tournament page for all of the information and to download the registration forms.

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Congratulations to our Early Bonus draw winner

Congratulations to Gene O'Grady who won our Early Bonus Draw valued at $1,700. This prize was generously sponsored by Pricedex Software in the Community.

Pictured (l-r) with their prizes are Jeff Marshall of Pricedex, Trish Buote of United Way, Mrs. & Mr. O'Grady, and Terry O'Reilly of Pricedex.

There is still time to get tickets for the cash prize. Visit www.uwlg5050.ca to buy some today.

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