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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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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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John Howard Society Kingston receives funding to increase access to virtual courts

In the wake of the pandemic, the formation and implementation of virtual courts occurred very quickly, providing people with alternative options for court proceedings. However, not everyone can access this option, and navigating the digital sphere of highly technical courtroom procedures can be difficult. To address the issue and assist the

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Community organizations offer mobile teen drop-in for Gananoque

Youth in Gananoque will soon have a safe space to gather, thanks to a partnership between the YMCA of Eastern Ontario, the Town of Gananoque, the United Way, the Gananoque Police, and RNJ Youth Services. Following the success of the teen program in operation at the Brockville YMCA, these local

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Second round of Emergency Community Support Fund grants over $350,000 locally

The second round of funding of the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) sees local charities receive a boost of over $350,000. The money will allow charities to adapt and increase frontline services for vulnerable populations during COVID-19, according to a release from the United Way, dated Friday,

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Fire Prevention Week gives residents a chance to win with local restaurants

Fire Prevention Week kicks off this Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, and Kingston Fire & Rescue (KFR), in partnership with KFLA Fire Rescue, will be serving up daily fire safety tips, according to a release from KFR, dated Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. The tips will be released daily through videos filmed

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Backpack Campaign seeking community donations to support local families

The United Way KFL&A are asking for donations to their Backpack Campaign. This annual program provides families and children with backpacks and supplies for each school year. The United Way says the demand for school supplies is higher than ever and they are using funds typically given to the Backpack

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Boys and Girls Club offering day camp at LaSalle Secondary School

The Boys and Girls Club of Kingston and Area (BGCK) is expanding their summer camp operations into the City’s east end, following overwhelming demand. BGCK announced on Jun. 19, 2020 that their summer camp programs would proceed. The news came at an uncertain time, as other summer day camp providers

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United Way boosts new Youth Hub with $435,000 in funding

Just days after the announcement of its new Youth Services Hub, Home Base Housing is welcoming in the United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) as its first partner with a contribution totaling $435,000.00 to help relocate One Roof Youth Services Hub. “One Roof already does some phenomenal

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Local United Way surpasses annual campaign goal

The United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox, and Addington (KFL&A) has surpassed their annual campaign goal raising a record-breaking $3,654,000. The announcement took place as over 500 volunteers and supporters gathered at the Ambassador Hotel and Conference Centre, the United Way KFL&A Campaign Touchdown Breakfast on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019.

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Boys and Girls Club opens east end location

  You can’t find your way to the Boys and Girls Club new east-end location on Google maps (yet). According to Morgan Davis, manager of social enterprise and sales for the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston and Area (BGCK), they’re still waiting for the postcard from Google to confirm

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