Dalhousie University has been making waves with their National Mentoring Program , which United Way Halifax is proud to be selected to host a student for the summer. The program recently won the CACEE Excellence in Innovation Leadership Development Award.
The National Mentoring Program gives business students a chance to diversify their work experience and contacts by working for non-profit organization for the summer. They are sponsored by a local business and a representative of that organization acts as a mentor to the student.
This year, Wilsons sponsored Bachelor of Commerce student Christine Liao to work for United Way Halifax. Her mentor, David Wilson, says: “Wilsons has been happy to participate in the National Mentoring Program. The program provides an opportunity to connect with and assist in the development of, the next generation of business and community leaders. Building the relationship between leading community organizations such as United Way is mutually beneficial for all.”
Christine has been working on several important research projects that will help us engage our donors and volunteers. Her work with on our Inspirational Speaker Program has helped us restructure the program.
Thank you to Dalhousie University, Christine for her hard work and Wilsons for believing in United Way.
Thank you to Mayor Mike Savage for hosting our 87th Annual General Meeting last week at City Hall. We were so pleased to hear his words about the importance of United Way in our community, while proudly wearing his "I Love Social Capital" sticker.
We were also very excited to honour important members in our community with the Community Spirit Awards. This year's recipients were Wayne MacNaughton, Metro Non-Profit Housing Association, Madge MacInnis, Chebucto Links, Laura Lee Langley, Provincial Government and Anne-Marie Leger, Federal Government. Their outstanding support of United Way has not gone unnoticed, and we are very grateful. To see more photos of the event, visit our Facebook page.
Hosted by Mayor Mike Savage
RSVP by June 14, 2012
Tameika Kim, 461-3064
April 21-27 2013 is National Volunteer Week in Canada, and we would like to take the opportunity to thank each and every one of our volunteers!
We have over 5,000 volunteers who are helping our community in HRM - from volunteering in workplace campaigns, to helping us carry out our strategic vision, volunteers are making a difference in Halifax. We are so proud to have such wonderful people donating their time and talents to helping move people from poverty to possibility, and establish a healthy community.
211 is a number to call when you are looking for help! If you want to connect with services in Nova Scotia, you can call or go online www.ns.211.ca to find the help you need. 211 Nova Scotia was officially launched on February 11, 2013 and the centre is responding to more and more calls every day.
Information and referral specialists provide information for callers in multiple languages as well, so there is every chance that your questions can be addressed. If you need help, call 211 today!
Thanks to everyone who came out to see the Rainmen play on Saturday night. We had a great time, and sold lots of 50/50 tickets! The Rainmen won the game, but they already won the hearts of our community with their support. Thank you!
2012 Campaign Co-Chairs, Kim Mason and John Rogers proudly proclaimed success at United Way’s annual Celebration Breakfast, February 11, 2013. The World Trade Centre was buzzing with excitement when Steve Murphy announced that $6,104,138 was the total amount raised for our community.
It was also a memorable day for 211 Nova Scotia as the service went live for all residents of the province. 211 is a non-emergency phone number and website to connect citizens to community, social and government services they need. John MacDonell, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, signaled the launch of 211 in his remarks.
We are sorry to hear that Daurene Lewis, well-known Nova Scotian leader, passed away recently. In addition to her many public roles she was a committed volunteer and dedicated to improving lives for Nova Scotians. She was well known by many at United Way, and was one of our first Women United participants in 2010. She will be dearly missed.
When: Monday, February 11, 2013
Where: World Trade and Convention Centre
Time: Please arrive by 7:30 a.m., breakfast starts promptly at 7:45 a.m.
Please note the date is slightly earlier than usual to accommodate a special surprise launch!
As the year comes to a close, we are inspired by the commitment and dedication shown in this city in supporting United Way Halifax to build a strong and vibrant city by focusing on reducing poverty and encouraging healthy living.
If you haven't already given this year, we hope you'll consider making a gift now. There's a lot at stake for our city. We support programs and initiatives that help thousands of people every year. In September United Way received more requests for funding than ever before. It will be challenging to meet all of the demands. Our community is counting on all of us, and although the year is ending, the campaign continues. You can donate online today.
People in Halifax come together, year after year, to help one another. If you have already given, thank you for your kindness on behalf of our community agencies, neighbourhood programs and inspiring grants that will make this a great city to live in. As a funder, advocate, researcher and convener, United Way is committed to changing social conditions in this city.
We wish you and your family the happiest of holidays. With your continued support, we look forward to another year of creating opportunities for a better life for everyone.
United Way Halifax
President and CEO
United Way Halifax
Each December, communications professionals from IABC Maritimes have the opportunity to help some of our agencies through an event called Gift of Giving. This year we have 10 agencies bringing their top two communications challenges to the group.
The event brings public relations students and professionals together to help brainstorm about the agencies' challenges and offer advice. Often there are opportunites for students and professionals to volunteer their time with the agency.
Thank you to the professionals and students who are able to give our agencies helpful advice. For a not-for-profit, this can be a huge time and money saving opportunity - meaning resources can instead go to the programs that affect so many people in our community.
Community leaders gathered September 24 to launch the 2012 Annual Campaign for United Way Halifax. Campaign Co-Chairs, Kim Mason, RBC Regional President, Atlantic Provinces and John Rogers, Q.C. Chief Executive Officer of Stewart McKelvey, revealed the goal before an audience of United Way’s Pacesetters. This group committed to running a campaign, matching employee giving or contributing a corporate gift in advance of the Annual Campaign Kickoff.
For those who have RSVP-ed to our 3rd Annual Pacesetter Breakfast on Monday, please note that the location of the breakfast is at CFB Halifax, at Stadacona off Gottingen Street in the Wardroom Building.
We look forward to seeing you there on Monday between 7:30 and 9 a.m!
By Catherine J. Woodman and Kevin Stoddart
We live in a vibrant community, and it’s people across our region who make this a great place to live. Yet in every city, there’s a line that separates “have” and “have-not.” As citizens, we are all responsible for altering the line that divides.
United Way is working to reshape that line so it can encircle and connect us. We focus on unity, not disparity. We see opportunity rather than need. And we link people and support, so vital connections can be made.
United Way Halifax is dedicated to improving lives and changing social conditions. For more than 85 years, it has been a reliable, efficient, trusted community-change agent. With your support, we’ve helped many — seniors, newcomers, young people, parents, your neighbours, co-workers, students, clients, customers. All these individuals have the courage to change their own lives for the better. You may not know the names of everyone benefiting from support, but we can all share in the responsibility of making life better for others.