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United Way Announces 2019-2022 Community Investments

For Immediate Release – January 15, 2019

 

 

Falling just short of the 2018 campaign objective will result in some changes for the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton. The changes will include a refocus of funding of local community programs and services, and an office relocation that will result in cost savings.

 

Last evening the volunteer Board of Directors approved the 2019 – 2022 Community Investments to 36 programs in Sarnia-Lambton. This funding portfolio includes 4 new funded programs and increases to 16 existing funded programs. This multi-year commitment enables the funded organizations to do longer term planning with stabilized funding over the next 3 years while helping to keep United Way of Sarnia- Lambton costs low.

 

Over the past 4 months, approximately 20 local community volunteers were charged with the task of reviewing 40 programs that applied for funding. The volunteers identified those programs which best addressed the key elements in one of the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton priority impact areas and the programs that are most likely to contribute to a positive, long term change in the indicator(s) specified. The volunteers then made their recommendations to the volunteer Community Investment Committee. “The volunteers really dove into this tough task” said Gerry Whitcombe, Volunteer Community Investment Chair. “Not only did they review the future measures for success of the programs but also reviewed the past successes of those programs which received funding during the last three year cycle. Partnerships with other service providers was also an important part of the review process. We know we are more likely to move the Community Indicator in a positive direction by working together, not in silos,” he added. Budgets and efficiencies are also a large part of each review. “All the volunteers deserve a big thank you for their time and dedication to this process,” Whitcombe said.

 

The United Way of Sarnia-Lambton uses a Community Indicator model of funding. Each priority area has 3 or 4 Key Elements that drive the movement of the Community Indicator.

The three priority impact areas for this funding cycle are:

Healthy, Resilient, Successful Kids Healthy, Safe, and Independent Seniors

Empowering and Strengthening Self Sustaining Families

Overall, 16 currently funded programs will receive increases, 16 will remain at previous funded levels, 4 new programs will receive funding, 1 program will be decreased, and 3 existing programs will be eliminated.

 

Youth Life Skills (John Howard Society), Adult Life Skills (John Howard Society), Respite Services (Lambton County Developmental Services), and Meals on Wheels in rural Lambton (Lambton Elderly Outreach) are the four new programs added to the funding portfolio.

Increases were awarded to Big Brothers Big Sisters Matching program; Boys & Girls Club Drop In

Centre; Canadian Red Cross Meals on Wheels, Transportation and Homeward Bound programs;

Community Living Transitions Facilitator program; Family Counselling Centre Distress Line/Tel Check program; Lambton Elderly Outreach Transportation program; March of Dimes Assistive Devices program; New Beginnings, ABI & Stroke Recovery Community Integration program; Salvation Army Rent Utility and Dental Assistance programs; VON Charitable Nursing and Friendly Visiting programs; and YMCA Resource Houses and Autism Summer Camp programs.

Lambton Seniors Handyman/woman, St. Clair Child & Youth Outreach and Multiple Sclerosis Special Assistance programs were eliminated from this funding portfolio.

 

Over the next three years, $552,219 will be invested annually in Healthy, Resilient, Successful Kids;

$447,700 annually in Empowering and Strengthening Self Sustaining Families and $429,982 annually in Healthy, Safe and Independent Seniors. In addition to these investments, another $107,000 will be available for the Venture Grant program; $103,000 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

$160,000 will be allocated to United Way Direct Community services. 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, 39% of the campaign will be invested in Youth, 31% in Families and 30% in Seniors.

 

The Board of Directors also approved a one year Venture Grant for $30,000 to Harmony for Youth. Through music, youth develop study habits; listening, communication and goal setting skills; and have positive interactions with others. Harmony runs on the “Pay It Forward” method, for every hour in free music lessons that youth receive they are expected to pay back the same number of hours to the community.

 

The United Way of Sarnia-Lambton will move its office from 420 East St. North in Sarnia to 1362 Lambton Mall Road on April 1, 2019. This move will save the United Way up to $15,000 each year enabling every penny of the savings to be allocated to the 36 programs and services.

 

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For further information, please contact:

 

Dave Brown, Executive Director (519) 336-5452 Ext. 7 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Community Investments 2019 to 2022 (amounts shown are annually for each of the next 3 years)

 

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Matching Program

86318

Big Brothers Big Sisters

In School Mentoring

49557

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

55067

Boys & Girls Club

Summer Program

12555

Canadian Mental Health Assoc.

Preventative Education

39985

Canadian Mental Health Assoc.

Suicide Prevention

20000

Canadian Red Cross

Meals on Wheels

31000

Canadian Red Cross

Transportation

58000

Canadian Red Cross

Homeward Bound

30000

CNIB

Peer & Home Based Support

30500

Community Living

Transitions Facilitator

50000

Family Counselling Centre

Counselling

170200

Family Counselling Centre

Distress Line/Tel Check

58282

Financial Fitness

Financial Literacy

20000

John Howard Society

Youth Life Skills

22500

John Howard Society

Adult Life Skills

30000

Lambton Elderly Outreach

Transportation

58000

Lambton Elderly Outreach

Meals on Wheels

16600

Lambton County Developmental Services

Respite Services

47500

March of Dimes

Assistive Devices

20600

New Beginnings, ABI & Stroke Recovery

Community Integration

45000

North Lambton CHC

Opening Doors (Sarnia & Forest)

60000

Rebound

Life Choices

40000

Rebound

Choices

26000

Rebound

Choices Jr.

22500

Salvation Army

Rent/Utility Assistance

40000

Salvation Army

Dental Assistance

17000

Salvation Army

Medical & RX Assistance

10000

VON

Charitable Nursing

20000

VON

Foot Care

20000

VON

Friendly Visiting

25000

YMCA

Resource Houses

75000

YMCA

Autism Summer Camp

43000

 

Additional Community Investments

 

 

United Way Direct Community Services

 

160000

Donor Option to Other Agencies

 

103000

Venture Grant Fund

 

107000

 

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