Have you been taking advantage of the shopping deals over the last week? Were you able to get all of your Christmas gifts for your family and friends? Well if the answer is ‘yes’, then you are among the more fortunate. Not everyone has this opportuni ty!
Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over, our focus should shift towards “Giving Tuesday”.
Giving Tuesday is the start of the giving season - when companies and individuals rally together to share their commitment towards helping those in need in their community. When donating to United Way Sault Ste. Marie & district, all donations stay within our community and district. United Way Sault Ste. Marie & district helps support over 24 funded program partners, and assists many different community issues through our three focus areas – From Poverty to Possibility, All That Kids Can Be, and Strong Communities. It is proven that 1 and 3 individuals within our community will need the use of programs funded by United Way.
When you support the United Way Sault Ste. Marie & district, your donations help support many individuals. Take a look at the stories below, and think about helping individuals such as these, by giving back on Giving Tuesday. You can donate at https://www.canadahelps.org/giv3/12034.
Wendy lived in an abusive relationship for many years. She always felt she had to stay, that she couldn’t survive on her own. One day she realized she couldn’t survive at home either. She called the Telephone Crisis Line. She found safe shelter at Women In Crisis. Wendy is on her own now; she is gaining her confidence back and continues to receive ongoing support from the counsellors at Women In Crisis.
United Way Donors support the Telephone Crisis Line and Crisis Walk In Service at Women In Crisis: providing women and their children with round the clock access to a qualified and supportive counsellor, as wells as, support and education to those who find themselves in an abusive relationship with nowhere else to turn.
Your donation could be the one that helps Wendy get her life back on track. Please donate on Giving Tuesday https://www.canadahelps.org/giv3/12034.
Steve’s been retired for 5 years and loves it! However, he’s been noticing that he’s been turning up the TV and the radio a little louder, and his kids seem to be getting frustrated with him lately. A call to the Canadian Hearing Society puts him in touch with a Hearing Care Counsellor who not only connects him with an Audiologist but also assists with filling out an application for a hearing device and provides Steve with the ongoing support he needs to cope with hearing loss.
United Way Donors supports Hearing Care Counselling & Hearing Health Promotion at the Canadian Hearing Society; clients gain information, tools and techniques to communicate more effectively and become more comfortable with their communication skills.
Your donation could be the one that helps Steve cope with hearing loss. Please donate on Giving Tuesday https://www.canadahelps.org/giv3/12034.
James is a single dad with 2 kids working at minimum wage job. So, at least he’s trying. Recently, he fell behind in his rent and received an Eviction Notice. Imagine. The guy is trying but it’s not enough. He called the Community Housing Support Worker at the United Way. He was able to get assistance to pay a portion of his rent, worked out a payment plan with his landlord and was given some credit counselling to help him work with what he has. Now, the payments are under control and he keeps the family with a roof over their heads.
United Way Donors support the Community Housing Support Workers, Community Assistance Trust and Money Management Counselling Program at Credit Counselling: They all work together to help people get back on track and in control of their own resources.
Your donation could be the one that keeps James’ family housed. Please donate on Giving Tuesday https://www.canadahelps.org/giv3/12034.
All Silhouettes correspond to the our United Way Sault Ste. Marie & district banner located in four locations throughout Sault Ste. Marie – SSM Airport, Station Mall, Mill Market, and Essar Center.
The Community Endowment Fund extends congratulations to the 49th Field Regiment Pipes & Drums, known as the Soo Pipe Band on the occasion of their 100th Anniversary.
We are honoured to have supported their organization with a grant to assist them in leveraging the funds needed to refurbish their uniforms. The Soo Pipe Band plays a major cultural role in our community and in representing Sault Ste. Marie across Ontario and into Michigan.
The Community Endowment Fund was established in 1988 to support the overall community with capital funding and one-time emergency assistance. We have committed to provide funding from our investment income to worthy community projects in the social services, education, sports, arts and health care sectors.
Leaving a Legacy ...the Community Endowment Fund is an excellent way to achieve your personal charitable objectives, while making a sound investment into what benefits you and your family today and will serve the community in the future.
United Way Sault Ste. Marie and district serves Sault Ste. Marie and surrounding communities in the region from White River to Elliot Lake.
Donations received from individuals and workplace campaigns within the District of Algoma are separated from Sault Ste. Marie donations and are reserved for the District Grants Program. This program is available to registered charities in district communities which offer services in one or more of the three United Way focus areas… All that Kids Can Be … From Poverty to Possibility … Strong Communities.
The District Grants Program is administered by a Volunteer Committee which consists of representatives from North Algoma, from East Algoma and the United Way Board of Directors.
Application forms and budget templates are available on the United Way of Sault Ste. Marie and district website www.ssmunitedway.ca. Application deadline is December 18, 2015, final decisions will be made by March 25,2016 and funding will be received by successful applicants April 2016.
2015 Grant Recipients:
CHADWIC Home Inc. (Wawa) – Lunch & Learn Program –This program is offered in Hawk Junction, Dubreuilville,Hornepayne, Michipicoten First Nation and Wawa in partnership with other community non profits.
Community Assistance Trust – provides one time emergency assistance to residents in the region from Elliot Lake to White River with rent, home heating and medical travel. In 2014 the value of this assistance was $10,000.