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 UNITED WAY OF SARNIA-LAMBTON Announces 2016 - 2019 Community Investments as a result of successful 2015 CAMPAIGN GOAL

January 13, 2016


United Way announces 2016-2019 Community Investments


As a result of the successful $2 Million dollar fundraising campaign, the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton Board of Directors has approved the 2016 - 2019 Community Investments to 37 programs in Sarnia-Lambton.  This funding portfolio includes 3 new funded programs and an increase to 36% of existing funded programs.  This 3 year commitment enables the funded organizations to do longer term planning with stabilized funding over the next 3 years. 


The United Way of Sarnia-Lambton uses a Community Indicator model of funding.  All funded programs must address key elements in at least one of the three Community Impact areas that positively affect the community outcome in a collaborative manner.  “Our agencies and other community stakeholders are forming more and more partnerships as we continue to measure positive community change,” said Pam Gallant, Volunteer Community Investment Chair.  “The United Way of Sarnia-Lambton is addressing our community’s issues in three priority areas in order to achieve long-term results to develop lasting solutions,” she added.   


The United Way of Sarnia-Lambton’s three identified Priority Areas in our community are: 


Healthy, Resilient, Successful Kids

Healthy, Safe, and Independent Seniors

Empowering and Strengthening Self Sustaining Families


Over the next three years, $609,000 will be invested in programs to support youth at risk; $379,000 in programs to keep our seniors healthy, safe and independent and $416,000 in programs to empower and strengthen self-sustaining families.  In addition to these investments, another $86,000 will be available for the Venture Grant program; $176,000 will be allocated through the Donor Option program to a number of community organizations who do not receive ongoing funding from the United Way; and $156,000 will be allocated to United Way Direct Community services such as Day of Caring.  Venture Grants are available on a year round basis to address new and emerging needs in our community that fit within at least one of the same three priority areas.     


Overall, 43% of the campaign will be invested in Youth, 27% in Seniors and 30% in Families. 


“These decisions are never easy to make” said Gallant, “but under the Community Impact model of funding, it has created a real focus on the key elements of each impact area and the measurement of the programs objectives.  As a result, the volunteers were able to recommend those programs and services that will have measurable impacts on not only the clients they serve, but the community as a whole.”      


“This year’s Community Investment decisions went through much discussion at all three volunteer levels,” said Gallant.  “Local volunteers involved with the Panel Review Teams and the Community Investment Committee worked very hard and put many hours into the process which began back in the spring of 2015.  There are a number of criteria volunteers look at when making recommendations,” she said.  “They look at what measurable outcomes and impacts the program has on clients, their families and our community; whether or not these outcomes affect the key elements of the priority area, the financial responsibility of the agency; the effectiveness and efficiency of the program; and the demographics of our community.  All of these volunteers deserve a big thank you.”


Overall 10 currently funded programs will receive increases, 3 new programs receive funding, 1 program will  receive a slight decreases and 2 programs were eliminated.  Suicide Prevention (CMHA), Opening  Doors (North Lambton Community Health) and Choices Jr. (Rebound) are the three new programs added to the funding portfolio.  Increases were awarded to Boys & Girls Club After School program and their Summer program; CNIB Vision Rehabilitation program; Red Cross Meals on Wheels and Transportation programs; Salvation Army Rent/Utility Assistance program; Stroke Recovery Community Integration program; VON Charitable Nursing and Foot Care programs; and YMCA Autism Summer Camp.  Canadian Hearing, Community Outreach and Epilepsy, Education & Prevention programs were eliminated from this funding portfolio. 





For further information, please contact:


Dave Brown, Executive Director (519) 336-5452 Ext. 7 



Community Investments 2016 to 2019


Big Brothers Big Sisters                      Matching Program                              84000

Big Brothers Big Sisters                      In School Mentoring                           52400

Big Brothers Big Sisters                      Big Bunch                                           21460

Big Brothers Big Sisters                      Go Girls & Game On                          31677

Boys & Girls Club                              After School Program                         26600

Boys & Girls Club                              Drop In Centre                                   49067

Boys & Girls Club                              Summer Program                                 12555

Canadian Mental Health Assoc.         Preventative Education                       39985

Canadian Mental Health Assoc.         Suicide Prevention                              20000

CNIB                                                  Vision Rehabilitation                          54121

Community Living                              Transitions Facilitator                                    45000

Family Counselling Centre                 Counselling                                         170200

Family Counselling Centre                 Distress Line/Tel Check                     57139

Financial Fitness                                 Financial Literacy                               20000

Lambton Elderly Outreach                 Transportation                                                53000

Lambton Seniors                                 Handyman/woman Program               35200

Learning Disabilities                           Homework Hub                                  20000

Learning Disabilities                           Kids Positive Social Skills                  20000

March of Dimes                                  Assistive Devices                               20000

Multiple Sclerosis                               Equipment Loan Program                   25000

North Lambton CHC                          Opening Doors                                   30000

Rebound                                              Life Choices                                        44800

Rebound                                              Safe Choices                                        26000

Rebound                                              Choices Jr.                                          22500

Canadian Red Cross                            Meals on Wheels                                26500

Canadian Red Cross                            Transportation                                                55000

Canadian Red Cross                            Homeward Bound, North Lambton    15000

Salvation Army                                   Rent/Utility Assistance                      39000

Salvation Army                                   Dental Assistance                               16500

Salvation Army                                   Medical & RX Assistance                  10000

St. Clair Child & Youth                      Outreach Program                               48500

Stroke Recovery                                 Community Integration                      47500

VON                                                   Charitable Nursing                              16000

VON                                                   Foot Care                                            20000

VON                                                   Friendly Visiting                                 20000

YMCA                                                Resource Houses                                70000

YMCA                                                Autism Summer Camp                       39500














United Way Direct Community Services


 $ 156,000.00

Donor Option to Other Agencies


 $ 176,000.00

Venture Grant Fund and Community Response


 $ 86,300.00