Impacting Our Local Community
The United Way of Sarnia Lambton funds emerging needs throughout Lambton County and supports the success of local agency programs and services. Our funding assists people as they become healthier, empowered, safe and independent. We are change makers for our community.
Thank you to everybody who has made a charitable donation to the United Way of Sarnia Lambton.
It’s never too late to make a difference. Contributions made before December 31st will be eligible for a charitable donation receipt for the 2022 tax year. Contributions made in January or later will be eligible for a charitable donation receipt dated 2023.
Every dollar donated is put to work locally helping those who need it most. When you invest in our Community via the United Way you fund …What Matters!
November 22: Ministerial Announcement Event
On November 22 at 1pm ET, the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Karina Gould, will be publicly announcing the Community Services Recovery Fund in Ottawa. United Way Centraide Canada will participate alongside the Canadian Red Cross and Community Foundations of Canada (National Funders). This announcement will be a hybrid event (in-person and virtual). Once the announcement is finished, the embargo will officially be lifted. The Community Services Recovery Fund website, which will include FAQs and Eligibility Criteria, will go live and potential applicants will begin to learn about the program.
January 6: Official Launch
The application portal will officially open, and applicants can submit applications. Applicants can complete an eligibility quiz on the Community Services Recovery Fund website to determine which National Funder to apply through.
2022 – 2023 Community Investments
United Way of Sarnia-Lambton volunteer Board of Directors has announced the 2021 campaign achievement of $1,647,000. Thank you to all our volunteers and donors who made this campaign such a success.
United Way Announces 2022 Community Investments
For Immediate Release – January 12, 2022
The United Way of Sarnia-Lambton volunteer Board of Directors has approved the 2022-2023 one-year community funding investments to 30 programs in Sarnia-Lambton. This funding portfolio includes five programs that had not been previously funded by United Way.
Over the past 4 months, approximately 30 local community volunteers reviewed 39 programs equaling $2,171,320 in funding requests. The volunteers identified the programs which best addressed key elements in one of three United Way of Sarnia-Lambton priority impact areas. The volunteers then made their recommendations to the volunteer Community Investment Committee.
The 2021 campaign officially wrapped up and achieved $1,647,000 of the $1,750,000 goal raised. “The campaign was a success despite not reaching the 100% level,” said Executive Director Dave Brown. “We are grateful to the community for digging deep during uncertain times this past year. We also have complete confidence in our community investment process that the dollars raised will help those who need it most in Sarnia-Lambton.”
“The volunteers knew the task would be difficult because decreases in funding would be necessary,” said Gerry Whitcombe, Volunteer Community Investment Chair. “There was just not enough money to fund every program and service, the volunteers went through each application while reviewing past successes of the previously funded programs.”
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:
From Poverty to Possibility
All That Kids Can Be
Healthy People, Strong Communities
- 18 programs will maintain current funding levels.
- Five programs will receive funding for the first time.
- Five programs will see a decrease,
- Five existing programs will not receive funding.
- Two programs that had funding under Critical Service Grants now shift to regular funding.Member of the Better Business Bureau of Western Ontario.
Community Investments 2021-2022
Big Brothers Big Sisters Matching Program $80,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Bunch $20,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters Go Girls & Game On $30,000
BGC (Boys & Girls Club) Out of School Programs $81,667
BGC (Boys & Girls Club) Summer Program $12,000
Canadian Red Cross Meals on Wheels $31,000
Canadian Red Cross Transportation $58,000
Canadian Red Cross Homeward Bound $30,000
Community Living Transitions Facilitator $50,000
County of Lambton School Nutrition/Snack Program $16,650
Family Counselling Centre Counselling $87,000
Family Counselling Centre Distress Line/Tel Check $50,782
Family Counselling Centre S-L Suicide Prevention Committee $20,000
Habitat for Humanity Handyman $15,000
Inn of the Good Shepherd Income Tax Clinics $28,000
John Howard Society Rapid Housing/Housing Stabilization $70,000
John Howard Society Youth Life Skills $22,500
Lambton Elderly Outreach Transportation $55,000
Lambton Elderly Outreach Meals on Wheels $16,600
New Beginnings, ABI & Stroke Recovery Community Integration $20,000
North Lambton CHC Opening Doors (Sarnia & Forest) $60,000
Rebound Early Intervention/Prevention $50,000
Salvation Army Rent/Utility Assistance $40,000
Salvation Army Dental Assistance $17,000
Salvation Army Medical & RX Assistance $10,000
Salvation Army Hearing Aids $10,000
Walpole Island First Nation Warming Shelter $55,000
YMCA Autism Summer Camp $28,667
YMCA Resource Houses $85,000
Additional Community Investments
Donor Option to Other Agencies $100,000
Critical Service Grants $50,000
2021 Critical Service Grants
Reaseau-Femmes de Sud Ouest de l’Ontario Child Witness to Violence program $30,000
River City Vineyard Nutritious Snack program $12,000
St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank $20,000