United Way releases details on Leadership Challenge Grant and more

Photo by Tatiana Syrikova.

The United Way of KFL&A has released an update today, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, detailing information about the Leadership Challenge Grant, where to find online videos and tours of agencies in the community, a shout out and thank you to our Labour partners and more info about the United Way KFL&A 2020 Campaign Kick off this Friday, Sept. 11.

Leadership Challenge Grant

In support of the ongoing theme of Local Love in Action, United Way KFL&A announced the Leadership Challenge Grant will continue this year. A generous donation from Jessica Bayne Hogan allows new Leadership donors to once again increase the impact of their gift. According to the United Way, donors who increase their donations to $1,200 will see their donation matched and donors who are already Leaders of the Way (donations of $1,200 or more), and add at least 10 per cent to their gift will also see their increase matched.

According to the update, the Leadership Challenge Grant led to an increase of 21 per cent in leadership donations in 2019, and Jessica wanted to continue the grant this year, especially given the challenging times.

“All of us have likely at some point in the past few months felt anxious, uncertain about the future, distanced from those people who regularly make up our lives and even those in our community who we don’t know personally,” says Jessica Bayne Hogan. “The stresses about the long term effects that this pandemic will have on all aspects of our lives is unknown, but something that we likely all contemplate frequently.”

“The one certainty is that we have the power to come together and tackle the upcoming challenges together,” Hogan continues. “It is for this reason that I have been inspired by the amazing efforts made to date by charitable organizations, front line workers, the community and various government initiatives, to continue to support the United Way in the form of a Challenge Grant this year.”

The United Way hopes community members will consider accepting the challenge this year! For more information, check out the Leadership Giving page on their website.

Your impact – online videos and tours

In anticipation of this year’s campaign, United Way KFL&A has also made changes to their website. As resources this year shift to be more virtual, you can find new materials that show the impact of your local love and donations at www.unitedwaykfla.ca and more specifically agency speaker videos and tours at www.unitedwaykfla.ca/videos/, the United Way said in the update.

These resources will continue to be updated throughout the campaign, and you can share them with your own friends, family and coworkers to help spread the word about the impact of United Way in KFL&A.

The United Way wants to specially thank the amazing frontline agencies, who work so hard every day of the year, and especially during this pandemic.  According to the release, more than 50 social service agencies have found new and different ways to continue to offer programs to people in need across the region. 

United Way thanks labour partners

As with every event, the Labour Day parade this year looked a bit different. The parade took place as a caravan ,including vehicles, cyclist and a special radio program on CFRC.

United Ways across Canada share a longstanding partnership with the Canadian Labour Congress. Locally there is a strong partnership and yesterday’s parade event included a cheque presentation from the Kingston and District Labour Council (KDLC) for the 2020 campaign.

The United Way of KFL&A would like to thank the KDLC and all union affiliates for their support.

2020 Campaign kick off

Mark your calendar for Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 when the United Way will kick of their annual campaign and reveal this year’s campaign goal. According to the update, the day will feature videos, photos, interviews and more on their website, through email and on social media channels throughout the day.

The day will kick-off, as it traditionally does, with Kingston’s Town Crier followed by 2020 Campaign Chair, Antje McNeely, revealing the campaign goal with the help of some adorable volunteers. Join the Facebook Event and tune in at 8 a.m. for the official kick-off or register with Eventbrite to have the link to the website event page sent to you.

Stay up to date on United Way happenings by following their social media channels – FacebookTwitterInstagram and LinkedIn — and of course, you can find regular updates on their website at www.unitedwaykfla.ca

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