Making connections and doing good

by Tracy Green on September 22, 2017 Comments Off on Making connections and doing good

Being kind to one another is contagious and feels good! So does making connections.

Yesterday, almost 200 enthusiastic volunteers and supporters connected with each other at RevUp, United Way’s annual training and kick-off event. United Way Employee Campaign Chairs, Leadership Chairs, Board of Directors, Campaign Cabinet and Campaign Associates all took part in the networking event held at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.

At RevUp, guests met Angie. Suddenly widowed, Angie faced her own health problems and ended up alone and isolated. A United Way Seniors Active Aging program literally put her on a party bus. Now she is engaged in her community and making friends. She is no longer alone. The right connection literally saved her life.

People also found out about the brain chemistry that connects giving with feeling good. SFU’s Dr. Lara Aknin explained the science behind what we all know on a gut level: it just feels good to give.

None of the work United Way does in the community would be possible without the hard work of our volunteers and the support of our donors and strength of our partnerships.

To view photos from the event, click here.

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September 21 is United Way Day!

by Tracy Green on September 19, 2017 Comments Off on September 21 is United Way Day!

For over 87 years, United Way has been supporting individuals of all ages and backgrounds across the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley. We fund over 174 agencies to deliver more than 350 programs that help children, families and seniors. Last year alone, we supported 400,000 people.

To celebrate United Way Day, we are asking people to commit conscious acts of kindness and show how much they love where they live – and what better way to do this than to be kind to one another? It’s simple! Hold a door open for somebody, say good morning to a stranger or let a rush hour cheater merge in front of you in a traffic line.

United Way strives to build strong and healthy communities for everyone: being kind is a great way to do just this.

Here are some ideas on how to be kind to one another. Sometimes a smile or a kind word can make your day.

United Way Day also kicks off UWLM’s fall fundraising drive. None of the work we do here in the or local communities to help people in need is possible without the generosity of our donors,  the support of our partners and work of our volunteers.

Check out our Twitter and Facebook for updates throughout the day! Happy United Way Day – let’s show our kindness and continue to help, support, and empower everyone who calls this community home.

Share your acts of kindness with us using #showyourkindness.

Here’s what’s happening for United Way Day, September 21:

  • United Way Day has been proclaimed in 11 communities served by United Way of the Lower Mainland: Belcarra, Burnaby, New Westminster, City of North Vancouver, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Squamish, Surrey, Vancouver and Whistler.
  • BC Place stadium will be lit in red at dusk on September 20.
  • $5 will buy a coffee and a pastry outside of the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver on September 21 from 6:30 to 8:00 am with proceeds benefiting United Way.
  • Vancouver City Hall and Port Coquitlam City Hall will be lit up in red at dusk on September 21.
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Time to get revved up for Campaign 2017

by JenniferY on September 11, 2017 Comments Off on Time to get revved up for Campaign 2017

Changing lives. Building community. It all starts on United Way Day, September 21 when volunteers from across the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley help kick off United Way’s 2017 campaign at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.

The theme of United Way Day is being kind to one another. Volunteers will be out across downtown Vancouver early that morning handing out Cards of Kindness – each card featuring a kind action individuals can do for strangers, friends and family. Eleven municipalities have proclaimed United Way Day and BC Place, Port Coquitlam City Hall and Vancouver City Hall will all be lit up in red to mark the day.

United Way Day also launches United Way’s annual fundraising campaign. Later in the morning, Employee Campaign Chairs, Leadership Chairs, United Way’s Board of Directors, Campaign Cabinet and Campaign Associates all join together at United Way’s RevUp Event. At RevUp, volunteers not only get the training they need to run great fundraising campaigns, but will leave inspired after meeting Angie, a senior whose life was changed because of a United Way-funded Seniors Active Aging program. They’ll also learn why it just feels so good to give from our keynote speaker, Dr. Lara Aknin.

Thanks to The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver and Unifor Local 4275 for their ongoing support of this event and the United Way campaign.

For more information or to register, please visit https://www.uwlm.ca/events/rev-up/

 

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School’s back: apply now for PPI

by JenniferY on September 6, 2017 Comments Off on School’s back: apply now for PPI

The graduating class of United Way’s 2017 Public Policy Institute.

Are you a change maker who works in the non-profit sector and wants to advance social change? Registration is now open for the 2018 United Way Public Policy Institute, a professional development program designed to help non-profit leaders and their organizations increase their understanding of the public policy process in BC and their capacity to influence it. Enrollment is open to organizations involved in social or health related services from across the province. Applicants must be from the non-profit sector, have several years of experience in their field, and be actively involved in the area they would like to see policy change. The program runs between January and June, 2018 in monthly two-day sessions. Topics explored include evidence, policy options, engagement as well as implementation & evaluation. The calibre of the Public Policy Institute is beyond compare. Our very dedicated faculty are returning in 2018:  Mike Harcourt, former premier of British Columbia; Brenda Eaton; Elizabeth Cull; Ida Goodreau; and Liz Whynot. They bring a wealth of real-life public policy experience to the program, complemented by an impressive and diverse array of panelists and guest speakers. The United Way Public Policy Institute is modeled on similar successful training programs offered by the Maytree Foundation in Ontario and the Max Bell Foundation in Alberta. For more information or to obtain an application form for the 2018 United Way Public Policy Institute, please contact Mr. Yves Trudel at United Way of the Lower Mainland at  ppi@uwlm.ca. The deadline to submit an application is October 13, 2017.

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