Today marked our 7th Annual Day of Caring, and what a day it was! Bright and early we started things off, as usual hoping the weather would be on our side! A bit of drizzle at 7am didn’t dampen the spirits of the workplace volunteers and coo unity group partners that came out to our […]
Today marked our 7th Annual Day of Caring, and what a day it was!
Bright and early we started things off, as usual hoping the weather would be on our side! A bit of drizzle at 7am didn’t dampen the spirits of the workplace volunteers and coo unity group partners that came out to our Breakfast kick-off.
This year, over 140 volunteers were out for the day, or a part of it working hands-on with 16 projects. Tasks ranged from painting, gardening, cleaning, and large scale community clean-ups.
Luckily the grey skies cleared and the sun came out in spectacular fashion, as if it knew there was work that needed to be done! And, work these volunteers did! We’d like to give a special shoutout to the workplace teams from:
- Atlantic Lottery
- BMO Financial Group
- BDO Canada LLP
- Bell Aliant
- Canada Revenue Agency
- HR Project Partners
- Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette & Meridia Recruitment
- Ricoh Canada Inc
- Stewart McKelvey Law
- Suncor Energy
- Terrapure Environmental
Partnering in a different way was the Print and Sign Shop, who provided all the site signage for each location for the second year.
The charities and community groups that had a project completed today include:
- Bowring Park Foundation
- Buckmasters Circle Community Centre
- Easter Seals NL
- Eating Disorder Foundation NL
- Home Again Furniture Bank
- George StreetUnited/Jimmy Pratt Centre
- Manuels Rivers Natural Heritage Society
- Rabbittown Community Centre
- Ronald McDonald House
- Stella’s Circle
- St.John’s Women’s Centre
- The Gathering Place
- The R.E.A.L Program
- Thrive CYN St. John’s
- YMCA of Western NL – Humber Community Branch
Thank you to each and every volunteer for caring about your community and working everyday, not just today, to make it a great place for everyone!
Each year, United Way coordinates an Annual Day of Caring©, whereby we partner workplace volunteers together with charities and community groups in need of a helping hand.
This year’s event is scheduled for Thursday, June 8th and we are currently accepting applications from teams and projects! If this sounds like something you would be interested in, from either a volunteer or charity perspective, please visit our website to find out more, and to download your application.
Applications are due to firstname.lastname@example.org by 4:00Pm on May 18th.
The time has come and we’re excited to once again extend our call for applications for our 2017 Community Fund Grants.
After fundraising with dozens of workplaces and government departments throughout 2017, we are ready to distribute our Community Fund dollars to charitable groups operating in Newfoundland and Labrador. This is a province-wide, open call, to all charities seeking funding support for specific programs and services slated for 2017.
Who can apply?
Any registered charitable organization operating in Newfoundland and Labrador. Download the Application Guide to determine your eligibility.
When is the deadline?
4:30PM Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
What must I know before I submit?
- We can only accept applications submitted via email. We can no longer accept faxes or hard copy applications.
- We can no longer accept handwritten applications or image files as applications (ex: Paint docs)
- Applications missing critical pieces of information such as signatures or the requested accompanying documents, may be declined. Be sure to submit all components of your application.
- All successful applicants will be required to sign a Funding Agreement before grant is distributed.
- All successful applicants will also be required to submit a Funding Report at the completion of their program/service detailing its success.
Community Fund Grant Timing
Week of February 6: Community Fund Grant Application Officially Launched
March 15th 4:30PM: Application Deadline
March 16 – March 31: Internal Application processing
April 1 – April 21: Applications reviewed by Community Investment Committee
Week of April 24: Community Investment Committee Review Meetings to take place
Week of May 1: Board Meeting to review proposed grant recipients
Week of May 1: All applicants notified of their standing by end of week
And just like that, another successful Stuff-a-Sock Campaign has come to a close! We would like to extend our greatest thanks to each and every one of you who donated, volunteered, or helped spread the word about this program. This program runs solely on your support and it would not exist without you.
Through your generosity, we received 461 fully stuffed stockings, several bags of supplies to stuff roughly 100 more, and over $6,000 in monetary donations! Working together as a collective of donors, volunteers, sponsors and community groups, we distributed 2030 stockings in total, filling over 1400 of these at our office. We packaged 50 different orders, shipped 13 boxes through DRL and 13 boxes to Labrador through PAL & Air Labrador!
Thank you to each individual listed below, as well as those who chose to remain anonymous.
A few snaps of a sampling of our donors 🙂
Thank you to each and every workplace, community group, school classroom, union group and dentist that provided stockings, supplies, or money to purchase supplies and ship our stockings via DRL.
A sampling of our corporate donors & community groups.
Thank you to each charity and community group that took the initiative to reach out to us on behalf of their clients or individuals within their community that had been identified as being in need of our program. Your coordination and distribution has certainly made Christmas a little brighter for so many in your community. To reiterate our appreciation, we’ll share this quote from a client of one of our distributors: “It’s not about what’s in it, even though everything there I can and need to use, someone actually thought of me at Christmas time”
We would also like to extend a HUGE thank you to our Volunteers. Without your help in creating baggies of chocolates, and pads, filling stockings and gift bags, unpacking supplies and filling orders, we 100% could not have done this without you. Special thanks to Edith Hussey for knitting the adorable socks that were given out as part of the ‘Gift Stockings’.
And last but certainly not least, we would like to extend a special thanks to our major sponsors; Pipers, Air Labrador and Provincial Airlines. As always, the crew at Pipers went above and beyond to accommodate our requests. Not only coordinating our massive orders during one of their busiest seasons, but also offering us incredible savings, we could not possibly get elsewhere on our stocking stuffers. Special thanks to Emily-Anne, Roxanne & Rowena for their help! And thanks to Pipers as a whole for their incredible partnership.
And of course, a special thanks to Air Labrador and Provincial Airlines for shipping all stockings to Labrador for free! This meant huge savings for us, which in turn, enabled us to fill more stockings at the end of the day. So thank you.
Looking back, it has been one of our most challenging years to date. There was a significant increase in stocking requests, an initial dip in donations (which in the end was on par with last year’s), and there were a few unscheduled snow days during peak stuffing/packing/delivering days. At times, it seemed the odds were against us. But in true Newfoundland and Labrador style, we pulled it all together by working closely with our partners and donors, and managed to fill an order for all requesting agencies. Until next year, here’s a recap of Stuff-a-Sock 2016!
This is it folks! Just 1 weekend and a few days left to make your donation to Stuff-a-Sock!
In the past 8 years we’ve seen this program grow, and this year, with over 2700 stocking requests from 50 different charity groups across Newfoundland and Labrador, we need your help more than ever before.
There are several ways you can help out:
- Donate a Fully Stuffed Stocking
- Host an Item Drive for specific toiletries that go in the stockings
- Make a Monetary Donation
- Give a ‘Gift Stocking’ this Christmas
If you would like to invest in a corporate donation or if you have any questions, reach out to us directly at email@example.com or by calling 753-8288.
For more details on each of the above be sure to click through to our website where you’ll find all the info you’ll need to know. Let’s work together to spread cheer this Christmas!
Basket Items Include:
- Locally made 2ft Mummer
- Set of Hand-knit Mittens & Socks
- Locally made Christmas Lap Quilt
- 12×16 Print of the ‘3 Beauties of Cavendish’ by Mr. Grips
- Purity Goodies Box
- Selection of chocolates from Newfoundland Chocolate Company
Homemade Granola & Strawberry Jam from Rocket Bakery
$50 Chinched Bistro Gift Certificate
2 Bottles of Third Place Tonic (Original & Rose Ginger Flavour)
Newfoundland Christmas Cake Collection (Iceberg Soap, Sea Salt Bomb, Bath Salt, Hemp Putty, Lip balm) from East Coast Glow
‘Froze ta det’ Beanie from Figgyduff Dory
Approximate value of Basket: $400
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If you were following along on our Twitter & Instagram this past week, you may have noticed that our Executive Director, Tammy Davis was making her way from the West Coast of the island, back to the East Coast. This is something we try to do each year, in an effort to meet with the many charities we fund across the province.
Here’s a little recap of the groups we were able to meet with on this particular visit!
Vine Place Community Centre – Corner Brook
Funded Program: Junior Police Academy for At-Risk Youth ($3,800)
The Junior Police Academy was a four day/three night program for at-risk youth which focused on active lifestyles through education and learning activities. Funding was used to secure meals and lodging at Killdevil Camp, as well as for the purchase of program materials and delivery.
Bonne Bay Cottage Hospital Heritage Corporation – Norris Point
Funded Program: Roof Repairs on Julia Ann Walsh Heritage Center ($20,000)
Funding is being used to complete essential roof repairs to the Center, as well as upgrades to the bathrooms in the hostel area. The Bonne Bay Cottage Hospital Heritage Corporation is a non-profit whose purpose is the adaptive re-use of the old hospital for the preservation of culture & heritage, promotion of health & wellness, and community economic & social development.
Brighton 50+ Club – Brighton
Funded Program: Active Living ($2,000)
This program is providing members of the 50+ Club with the opportunity of ongoing physical activity and social engagement. Funding has been used for the purchase of Boccia, a Wii system & software, a bingo machine, and travel costs for activities such as
bowling & movies.
Corduroy Brook Enhancement Trail – Grand Falls-Windsor
Funded Program: Children’s Nature Camp & Seniors Activity Project ($9,500)
Both programs focus on activity, healthy eating and improving the overall health of the participants. By utilizing the Corduroy Brook Nature Trails an appreciation of the preservation and conservation of the area is instilled in participants. Funding was used for healthy food and snacks, materials and supplies, promotion, and labour expenses.
Gander Boys & Girls Club – Gander
Funded Program: Parenting Workshops/Program ($9,570)
This program focuses on the preteen and teen development period. This is often a time when parents find themselves challenged. The workshops are being delivered in a series with topics including technology, development and so much more. United Way funding was used for staff, supplies, materials, and fees for activities and the facility.
Community Sector Council – Gander
Funded Program: Working Together to Welcome ($9,550)
This program will help the Gander Refugee Outreach Committee develop a volunteer program to provide the necessary supports and resources for the 5-7 Syrian families being resettled into the Gander and Lewisporte areas. Funding is being used to develop a volunteer recruitment plan, training program, an orientation session and a document of best practices/lessons learned.
Norris Arm Boys & Girls Club – Norris Arm
Funded Program: Tween and Teen Programs ($9,800)
The Tween program is for children ages 10-12 years who are too old for the After School Program and too young for the Teen Program. The Teen Program is for youth ages 13-18, and is intended to keep the teens off the streets and in a safe environment. Funding is being used for healthy food for cooking classes, snacks, crafts and activity supplies, field trips, family fun events, guest speakers, and part time staff.
Royal Pandora 50+ Club – Salvage
Funded Program: Upgrade Present Facilities ($9,000)
Funding has been used to enable facility access to many seniors in the community who would otherwise be unable to participate by making washrooms wheelchair accessible and adding a new wheelchair ramp.
And that’s a wrap!
Despite the near disastrous start – thanks to Hurricane Matthew wreaking havoc across the parts of the province we were visiting – it was another successful adventure! There is nothing quite like getting out to see first-hand, the programs we’ve funded and the individuals we’ve impacted. This is your Community Fund at work!
It’s campaign season and we are busy visiting our partner workplaces to help kick off their respective fundraising campaigns. Over the last two weeks we’ve attended events for Suncor Energy, Noseworthy Chapman, Hebron Sites, and Canada Revenue Agency.
Each workplace has its own way to raise extra money for United Way through events, but the most common theme every year seems to be food! And who doesn’t love that? We’re only two weeks in and we’ve happily munched our way through Breakfasts, BBQs, Cake Auctions, Candy Sales, Bake Sales, and we were even treated to some Ziggy’s! It’s a good thing we’re kept active during campaign time! 😉
Our workplaces sure know how to have fun! If you’re ever interested in running a United Way Campaign or learning more about our organization, we’d love to have a chat!