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United Way collecting winter clothing as part of annual coat drive

As temperatures drop and winter approaches, coats and warm clothing become a necessity. According to the United Way, many community members rely on donated items to help them keep warm. Last year, with pandemic restrictions, United Way KFL&A coordinated the annual community coat drive and workplaces and individuals stepped up,

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Win a ride to school with Kingston Fire and Rescue

Kingston Fire and Rescue (KFR) is holding an online auction for a chance to Ride to School with Fire Chief Shawn Armstrong. The auction is in support of the United Way of KFL&A. The auction opens today, Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, and runs through Oct 22. According to a release

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Opinion: How big Internet Service Providers are increasing the digital divide

Editorial note: The following is a submitted op-ed. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. According to the Government of Canada’s figures, Canada has the second highest internet rates per gigabyte in the world. Our big Internet Service Providers (ISPs) – Bell, Rogers, Telus,

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Women United hosts panel discussion on local Indigenous programming

The United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Women United hosted its third event of the year — the first one to be held in-person this year — on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, attended by 60+ participants from different spheres of the Kingston community.  Women United “brings together

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United Way looks to raise over $3.6M with fall fundraising campaign

The United Way of KFL&A announced their ambitious goal of raising $3,614,800 during this year’s fall fundraising campaign at a virtual event on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. Campaign Chair Daren Dougall stated that this Campaign Goal represents an increase of 25 per cent over the 2020 goal and reflects the

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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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United Way donations matched by RDR Wealth Management

The United Way KFL&A COVID-19 Response Fund will see new donations matched by a generous grant from Ray and Paul Di Rinaldo and the team at RDR Wealth Management. The grant will apply to donations made to the United Way KFL&A COVID-19 Response Fund up to a maximum amount, according

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Second annual Tampon Tuesday Drive more than doubles donations

The second annual Tampon Tuesday Donation Drive collected over 120,000 menstrual hygiene products during the United Way’s two week donation drive. Community members were encouraged to donate pads, tampons, liners and other menstrual hygiene products to help fill a need in the Kingston Frontenac, Lennox & Addington area. During this

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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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Kids Get Stressed Too program goes virtual thanks to United Way grant

Coping with COVID-19 brings mental burdens like worry, frustration, and loneliness to everyone, including children. The Self-Management Program of Southeastern Ontario (SMPSO), housed at the Kingston Community Health Centres (KCHC) helps equip children with the tools to cope and manage stress. SMPSO is proud to announce that new funding received

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