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Path Home Kingston hopes to combat homelessness and negative stigma

You can’t see what someone has overcome at a glance. That is the main message of Path Home Kingston, a new campaign by United Way KFL&A and the City of Kingston that aims to help community members understand that the causes of homelessness are complex and different for each individual.

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Letter of reflection on COVID-19: One year later

The following is a submitted letter to the editor. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. Last week, on March 11, it was the one-year anniversary of the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Like all organizations, a lot changed for United Way Kingston, Frontenac,

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Local United Way hosts second annual ‘Tampon Tuesday’ drive

After the tremendous success of last year’s Tampon Tuesday drive, the United Way is again asking for period product donations during their second annual event. Over 45,000 hygiene products were donated last year, and distributed to agencies and individuals in need in the community, the United Way said in a

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Mayor Paterson outlines COVID-19 recovery priorities for 2021 Ontario budget

Mayor Bryan Paterson has outlined the City of Kingston’s budget priorities in a submission to Ontario’s Minister of Finance as part of their 2021 budget consultations. “COVID-19 has impacted many aspects of our city and amplified existing challenges of homelessness, mental health, addiction, and access to affordable housing. It has

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Letter: ‘Local Love’ in action

The following is a submitted letter to the editor. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. As the 2020 United Way KFL&A Campaign draws to a close, I want to thank the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington community and all the amazing people who

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Pandemic won’t stop Tommy’s Annual Community Christmas Dinner

Tommy Hunter is looking for support to make his annual Community Christmas Dinner and Hamper Drive happen again this year. This is the seventh year of Tommy’s Christmas dinner campaign, which started as a dine-in Christmas Eve meal service for Kingston’s needy at his downtown restaurant. Hunter has partnered with

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Lionhearts meal service, nightly drop-in program moving into Stages Night Club

City Council has voted unanimously to award $39,000 to local Christian charity Lionhearts Inc. The funds will help them move their community meal program into Stages Night Club for the next six months. “From the start of the pandemic, Lionhearts Inc. has been providing free meal packages every day to

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Volunteer community members to help out with emergency management

Community volunteers who have undergone required training and security checks will be allowed to provide assistance during emergency events, thanks to a signed agreement between the City of Kingston and the United Way of Kingston Frontenac Lennox and Addington (KFL&A). “This agreement formalizes the long-standing relationship between the City and

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United Way names Chief Antje McNeely as 2020 campaign chairperson

The United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) has announced that Chief of the Kingston Police Force, Antje McKneely, will be Kingston’s 2020 Campaign Chair. The 79th annual campaign season will kick off on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 virtually and will be continuing with the theme ‘Local Love.’

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Business Leaders Come Together To Plan Economic Recovery

The Kingston Economic Recovery Team (KERT) held its first meeting on the morning of Wednesday, May 20, 2020, hosted on Zoom and broadcast live to YouTube. Assembled by Mayor Bryan Paterson to help navigate Kingston’s re-opening following the financial blow of Covid-19, the team includes leaders from seven sectors of

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The plans and people behind the Kingston Economic Recovery Team

Mayor Bryan Paterson has now shared the details of the new ‘Kingston Economic Recovery Team’ (KERT) he announced on April 28, 2020 including the participants, mandate and structure. The team, which will be chaired by Mayor Paterson and have eight additional representatives from a variety workforce sectors across the city,

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United Way announces funding for seniors’ grocery and meal programs

The United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) received $65,000 from the $9 million that the federal government is investing into support for vulnerable seniors whose lifestyles have been affected by COVID-19.  The New Horizons for Seniors Program, or NHSP, is given by Employment Social Development Canada and

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