Inspiring stories of generosity and heart

In a year ripe with economic challenges, increasing concerns over job security, and the ripple effect of low oil prices, we are hearing remarkable stories of resiliency, innovation and spirit from our workplace campaign teams. A group of campaign chairs met earlier this week and shared inspiring anecdotes of what…

Lest we never forget

This painting adventure of mine has allowed me to contribute to various charities and causes by utilizing my newfound skills with the brush. Most recently, I was able to do a live portrait at the 10th annual KD Gala, an event put on by the Centre of Hope in support…

Diving into Days of Caring

One of my favourite and most rewarding parts of my job is arranging Days of Caring®. In short, it is a volunteer event where volunteers from a business or group in town comes together to help one of our member agencies complete a project they might not have had the…

In service to others

This morning I read the news release from Russell Thomas, my colleague here at United Way about the increase in demands for funds. This does not surprise me. As I attend the “Seeing is Believing Tours” I see for myself where the money is going and what kinds of programs…

Seeing Is Believing tours deepen understanding

One of the ways that the United Way connects the act of giving with the reasons to give is by taking people on Seeing Is Believing tours. Usually comprised of three short visits to United Way member agencies, these tours have a way of changing perceptions, promoting understanding, and inspiring…

Investing time, making a difference

Submitted by Muna Yussuf, Sherry Duncan and Lindsey Bradbury It is likely that you have heard about the United Way Community Campaign which is well underway in the region. Perhaps your workplace is encouraging payroll deductions or holding a bake sale, taco in a bag lunch or any number of fund…

Leadership Card Friday

When I first started at the United Way, I already knew a couple of the folks from other community connections. A few of the agencies who call The Redpoll Centre home were familiar to me because of the volunteering I had completed with them. However some agencies (and many people)…

Putting some FUN in FUNdraising

Fundraising is the gentle art of teaching the joy of giving. – Henry Rosso Who doesn’t love a good bake sale? Let me be the first to say that I do! I love buying at the bake sale. However when it comes to “giving baked goods” I was the mom…

Getting your feet wet – starting a new career path

Starting a new career path can be both scary and exhilarating at the same time. Leaving behind the many comforts related to your previous “job” including your work mates can add to the change and possible anxiety. In my new role as Community Investment Coordinator I have been reading, watching…

Community Campaign aims to meet community needs

About three months ago, Marty Giles, 2015 United Way Community Campaign Chair, sat around a room with a group of volunteer workplace campaign chairs.  These are the folks who lead volunteer teams at a broad range of companies who go out and ask for pledges on behalf of the United…