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August 2020

2020 United Way bursaries handed out

United Way Leeds & Grenville handed out the Student Leaders of our Community Award bursaries this summer to 4 students.  Congratulations to:

Abbigail Brugma - SMCHS

Amelia Foley - BCI

Destiny Lewis - TISS

Delaney Ringer - TISS

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United Way Leeds & Grenville announces 2020 Campaign Chair!

Brockville, ON - Thursday, August 20, 2020 — United Way Leeds & Grenville (UWLG) is pleased to announce that President & CEO Pricedex Software, Terence O’Reilly, will be their 2020 Campaign Chair!

The 63rd annual campaign season will kick off the week of Sept. 14, 2020 and will be continuing with the theme ‘Local Love.’ The campaign will show that local love is seen in the action, response and the recovery of the Leeds & Grenville community as it adapts to the global pandemic. Despite the challenges presented to the community because of the pandemic, Terry said that he is happy to take on the role.

“The United Way has always been something of an unsung hero in our local community, being a major conveyance of our collective love for humanity and each other.” O’Reilly said., “The United Way has been providing, for a very long while, a very important part of the net that keeps many people from falling through the cracks into hopelessness and despair.”  In relation to his appointment to Chair another United Way campaign, O’Reilly added: “During this horrible pandemic, United Way Leeds & Grenville has had to ‘step up’ to many increased needs, and continues to do so.  I am delighted to be a part of that ‘stepping up’ during this time of special need and, together with a strong cabinet of like-minded local leaders, I will be inviting the entire community to do the same.”

“We are so thankful that Terry has again agreed to lead our Cabinet team” says Trish Buote, Executive Director of United Way Leeds & Grenville. “Terry has been a strong advocate for the United Way for many years. We are looking forward to his support and that of the entire Cabinet during this year’s fundraising campaign. It will be tough but this group of kind volunteers is not afraid to roll up their sleeves and get this done to help the most vulnerable in our Leeds & Grenville community.”

About United Way Leeds & Grenville:

United Way Leeds & Grenville (UWLG) is a non-profit agency that supports over 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.

For more information, please contact:

Trish Buote, Executive Director
United Way Leeds & Grenville
Office: 613-342-8889
Mobile: 613-246-1927
Email: trish.buote@uwlg.org
Website: uwlg.org

Terence O’Reilly, President & CEO Pricedex Software

Photo Credit: Supplied

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UWLG and the BACF have awarded an accessible transportation grant through the ECSF

Brockville, ON - Tuesday, August 18, 2020 — Earlier this month, United Way Leeds & Grenville (UWLG) and the Brockville and Area Community Foundation (BACF) announced that it approved a grant of $10,000 to Wheels of Care - Gananoque. This was funded through the Government of Canada’s $350M Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). This vast national effort aims to support vulnerable populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

Wheels of Care is a fully volunteer led organization that provides affordable, inclusive specialized transportation for individuals with disabilities (along with their caregivers) in Gananoque and the surrounding area. They provide access to medical services and daily requirements to the most vulnerable in the community. It has been essential that they continue to provide this service during the COVID-19 pandemic even though their typical community partners could no longer support their service in the same way.

“COVID 19 Funding through United Way has been a much needed boost to the Gananoque Wheels of Care Association funds.  With the closing of all Long Term Care Homes in Ontario, the Association lost its long time operations center provided by Carveth Care Centre.  Funds will allow the Association to contract out administrative duties related to the Call Centre allowing it to continue phone reservations and begin accepting on line reservations and registrations.   Funds will additionally provide money for COVID 19 related communications with the community, vehicle cleaning and other necessary COVID 19 protocols.” – Cliff Byrnes, President Gananoque Wheels of Care

“The COVID-19 pandemic has created many new challenges for Canadians and the community organizations that support them in times of need. The Government of Canada is pleased to work with its trusted partners to ensure that the charities and non-profit organizations on the frontlines of the pandemic can continue to serve the vulnerable members of our communities,” says the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.

About United Way Leeds & Grenville:

United Way Leeds & Grenville (UWLG) is a non-profit agency that supports over 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.

For more information, please contact:

Trish Buote, Executive Director
United Way Leeds & Grenville
Office: 613-342-8889
Mobile: 613-246-1927 Email: trish.buote@uwlg.org
Website: uwlg.org

About Brockville and Area Community Foundation

The Brockville and Area Community Foundation is dedicated to encouraging the establishment of endowment funds, supporting charitable initiatives and strengthening our community for the benefit of all by providing leadership on key local issues. For more information, please visit www.yourcommunityfoundation.ca

For more information, please contact:

Erik Wang, Executive Director
Brockville and Area Community Foundation
Office: 613-498-9970
Email: info@yourcommunityfoundation.ca
Website:www.yourcommunityfoundation.ca

 

(l-r) Ann Moult, Cliff Byrnes, Shirley Walker, Marion Sprenger, Trish Buote, Erik Wang

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Are you in need of a reusable, washable face mask?

United Way of Leeds & Grenville is working with community donations and partner organizations to help provide low cost or free masks to those most in need in Leeds and Grenville. In collaboration with The Brockville and Area Community Foundation they have now secured 1,200 reusable masks.   Here is the list of current Leeds & Grenville partners who are distributing masks on behalf of the United Way of Leeds & Grenville.

Workplace/Agency Address Phone Number
BACLA - Brockville & Area Community Living Association 6 Glenn Wood Pl, 
Suite 100, Lower Level
Brockville, ON
K6V 2T3
613-342-2953 
x105
Connect Youth 1000 Edward St N, 
Prescott, ON  
K0E 1T0
613-918-0173
CPHC - Senior Support Services 2235 Parkedale Ave, 
Brockville, ON  
K6V 6B2
613-342-1747 
x2045
Girls Inc. of Upper Canada 1809 Oxford Ave, 
Box 791, 
Brockville, ON  
K6V 5W1
613-345-3295
 x104
Guthrie House 10 Perth St, PO 
Box 137
Elgin, ON  
K0G 1E0
613-359-6000
Kemptville & District Home Support Inc. 215 Sanders St, Suite 101, 
Box 1192, 
Kemptville, ON,  
K0G 1J0
613-258-3203
Kemptville Youth Centre 5 Oxford Street West, 
P.O. Box 1124
Kemptville, ON  
K0G 1J0
613-258-5212
Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Addictions and Mental Health 25 Front Ave West, Suite 1, 
Brockville, ON  
K6V 4J2
613-342-2262 
x5355
Volunteer Centre of St. Lawrence - Rideau 105 Strowger Blvd, 
Box 191, 
Brockville, ON  
K6V 5V2 
613-498-2111
 x226
Wheels of Care 140 Elmwood Dr
Gananoque, ON 
K7G 1N9
613 382 6790
YMCA of Eastern Ontario  345 Park St, 
Brockville, ON  
K6V 5Y7
613-342-7961 
x30

 

For more information on this program, or to donate to support this program - contact Christine Radford: Christine.Radford@uwlg.org

     

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TISMA donates to United Way

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The Thousand Islands Street Machine Association generously donated $4,000 to United Way today, even though they did not hold their annual Automotion event. Pictured here is Paul Gardiner of TISMA presenting the cheque to Christine Radford and Trish Buote of United Way. We are very thankful for the many years of support from the TISMA group!

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YMCA award funding for teen drop in centre

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Trish Buote of United Way Leeds & Grenville presents Rob Adams, CEO of YMCA of Eastern Ontario with a cheque for $136,687. Other partners in attendance for the photo were Michael Barrett, MP, Eric Wang (Community Foundations), Anita Mercier (director of development at the Y), and Victoria Robertson (Connect Youth) This funding, made possible through the Emergency Community Support Fund, will enable the YMCA to open a teen drop in centre at the YMCA Brockville location in September.

See the press release from the YMCA for full details on the program.

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