There are more than 100 United Way / Centaides across the country, each one helping people in need. Their mission is, "to improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action." Students are important people in this objective.
Rebecca Amoah, a graduate from Riverside High School, is a proud volunteer for the United Way. “I got involved with United Way through the student senate. "My mentor, Sarah, came in and did a presentation and let us know about a Youth organization...about WE Students United. I was really interested; I reached out to her and luckily I was able to have a spot on the group as well.”
The GECDSB and United Way
Windsor Essex County are teaming up to show that you can make a difference and that your hard work does pay off. Students have the opportunity to gain hands on experience while giving back to the community along with gaining a sense of pride and accomplishment.
Last year, The Unemployed Help Centre
received a contribution to help increase their ability to give back to the community. A large refrigerated truck was donated by a local company, through the United Way, so that the UHC was able to pick up fresh new foods daily. An on site kitchen was opened in January 2013 that prepares dishes for Meals On Wheels as well as items for other programs such as providing elementary schools with free, healthy snacks for more than 5,000 students.
"What's really interesting is how all these partnerships have come together to really turn this into a huge community initiative," Mike Turnbull, Food Rescue Program Manager at UHC. "Now that we have a kitchen, we're an offsite teaching campus for the Greater Essex County District School Board."
Recently, Scotia Bank ran a fundraiser "Shoes For Schools" coordinated by United Way. They raised $7,500 which they were able to purchase 375 $20 gift cards for Target. Divided among school boards, they will be given to students who need a pair of running shoes for school. The GECDSB is very grateful to United Way and Scotia Bank customers for support of our families.
The United Way's annual fundraising campaign is underway. Last year GECDSB employees contributed more than $117,000.