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General Information

Welcome to the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton: perhaps the most innovative United Way in Canada! We continue to meet our goals and objectives annually thanks to hundreds of volunteers throughout Lambton County!

The United Way of Sarnia-Lambton is a member of approximately 111 United Ways of United Way/Centraide Canada; one of approvimately 40 United Ways in Ontario and a member of the United Ways of the Ontario Southwest Region. In addition to participating in various United Way of Canada activities, we are an active participant in many United Way World Wide initiatives as well including trainning and conferences.

Throughout this Web site, you will read about some of the many outstanding activities we are involved in. We invite you to preview a copy of our most recent Long Range Plan (Our Future is Now), and our Business Plan that was published in 2003. These two documents will give you an excellent overview of our innovative ideas to make Sarnia-Lambton a better community to live in. Both documents will be updated soon.

Our Campaign and Administration costs continue to decrease. We are proud to say our dues to United Way/Centraide Canada are only 0.75% of our total campaign achievement. This annual fee pays for administrative services including: the legal use of the logo; staff and volunteer training/education/workshops; national research of donor trends and donor attitudes; and national recognition and promotion. OUr low costs of fundraising has caught the eye of the Better Business Bureau of Southwestern Ontario making our United Way the only United Way in Canada to be accepted as a member, and one of few charitable organizations overall.

All United Ways in Canada are autonomous and operate individually. Groups of local volunteers are involved in Community Investment process, the Board of Directors, and providing support to our employee campaigns and special events to raise funds for our Community Agencies. They decide how much money each agency receives based on the Community Investment Model. All funds raised in Sarnia-Lambton provide programs and services directly in our community. The United Way of Sarnia-Lambton is a registered charity with Revenue Canada abiding by federal and provincial regulations and guidelines.

Our United Way depends on the significant support of the Chemical Valley companies, organized labour, businesses and their employees for corporate donations annually, and for other generous gifts such as Loaned Representatives, campaign promotional items, and most importantly- exceptional visible support during campaigns.

The United Way of Sarnia-Lambton enjoys a solid relationship with the Sarnia and Lambton County media. We sincerely thank The Observer, Sarnia This Week, The Lambton Shield, Hometown Radio CHOK, Fox FM, and K-106.3, CogecoTV, and our newest media partner, The Sarnia Journal, for their marketing and advertising support. We depend on our media partners and appreciate everything they do for us in getting our word out to the community about our campaigns and how we are making an impact on the lives of people in Sarnia-Lambton.

Everyone in our community is vital to the success of the United Way. Dedicated volunteers and Donors are the pulse that allows the United Way to vibrate with success.

We extend a warm invitation to "Invest in our Community….what matters".

Please check back often as our website is updated on a regular basis including daily campaign updates throughout our campaign each fall.


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