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.
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
Inn of the Good Shepherd Microfinancing $40,000
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 $43,000
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
For further information, please contact:
Dave Brown, Executive Director 519-384-9270