Community Programs and Partnerships
Day of Caring
- 15th Annual Day of Caring – June 1, 2012
- Cameco Corporation, CpK Interior Products, Sabic, Esco, Strapex, Stalwood Homes, and Stanley National Manufacturing of Canada work together with partners YMCA Northumberland, the Lion’s Club of Cobourg and Home Building Centre to help in thier community because they know change starts here.
- Over 140 Employee, management and community members worked together for the day, volunteering their time and skills for 37 different jobs at local not for profits and clients homes in Cobourg and Port Hope
Back Packs for Kids
- Supplies over 1,700 students with new back packs and school supplies annually
- The essential supplies are supported by a large group of community partners including, Staples Business Depot, Ganaraska Financial Services, Cameco Corporation, Northumberland County, Rotary Club of Cobourg, Rotary Club of Colborne and Rotary Club of Northumberland Sunrise, Carpenters' Union Local 397, Order of the Eastern Star, Lions Club of Cobourg, Food 4 All Northumberland, Highland Shores Children’s Aid Society, Sabic, Municipality of Port Hope
- Their generous support has enabled the United Way to provide back packs full of supplies for distribution to both elementary and high school students throughout Northumberland County.
Leadership Development Services
- LDS assists volunteer-driven not-for-profit, charitable organizations to develop knowledge, skills, and tools they require to become effective leaders and to increase the capacity of their organization through affordable training and strategic planning assistance
- LDS offered eight workshops during Fall 2011 and Winter 2012 on a variety of topics. The workshops were lead by respected leaders in their field.
- 95 individuals attended seven workshops, representing over 30 organizations within the County. All areas of the County were represented including participants from Trent Hills and Cramahe
- 100% of participants in the LDS workshops stated they would contact United Way for assistance with future workshops and also found them reasonably priced
905-372-8913 or 800-396-6626
- A free resource that provides information on health and human services (www.fourinfo.com) located at 600 William St., Suite 700, Cobourg
- Searchable database for local volunteer opportunities and health and human services
- E-mail blast service for a minimal fee
- Data partner with 211
- New website launched in April 2012
Emergency Volunteer Registry (EVR)
905-372-8913 or 8000-396-6626
- EVR Launched May 2012 in partnership with Northumberland County
- EVR is a database of people who are prepared to volunteer during an emergency or disaster situation using a specific set of skills
- Dial 211
- A free public information service connecting people to community, social, health and government services
- 211 is available 24/7, confidential and multilingual
Food 4 All Northumberland
Food 4 All Northumberland supports food security across the county thanks to the operational funding provided by Northumberland County Community and Social Services. Northumberland United Way acts as a charitable partner, raising additional funds for the warehouse.
- In 2011, overall distribution was up 35% over 2010 and 73% over 2009
- 2011 was the first year that warehouse surpassed one million pounds of total distribution
- 20 plus volunteers contributed more than 1,700 hours of volunteer hours at the warehouse
- 37,504 cases of food were distributed in 2011
- Food 4 All supplies 14 food banks,more than 40 school nutrition programs, over 20 faith-based groups and another 60+ not-for-profit community-based groups with food and essential items such as laundry supplies and personal care products
- Since opening in 2004, over 140,000 cases or more than 5 million pounds of food and essential items have been distributed to 160+ local members.
Green Wood Coalition
Green Wood Coalition has been experiencing some very positive signs that indicate volunteer-based outreach approach is changing the lives of people living in poverty in our community. We owe a great deal of gratitude to Northumberland United Way for providing administrative backup for us, as well as support in seeking and administering funding grants. This relationship has freed us to spend more of our time interacting with the people we serve.
With this kind of support we have been able to provide weekly meals to 60 people per week, creative arts workshops and exhibitions, income support assistance, a dozen sets of dentures, regular, consistent healthcare through the Port Hope Community Health Centre, fresh-baked bread distribution, assistance with income tax returns for 30 people, access to mental health counseling, sharing of clothing and furniture, as well as a beautiful community garden.
Recently a member of the Greenwood Tower motel community gave me a letter in which she had written about the contribution of GWC in her life, and her words suggest that we are accomplishing our goals of seeing positive change in the lives of people who struggle.
“They accepted me for me, not what I was or what they wanted me to be. I am now a full person instead of an empty shell. They helped me a lot and now it’s time for me to help others in any way I can.”
Community Outreach Worker