Spirit of Community Celebration – Big Changes Announced

Spirit of Community Celebration - Big Changes Announced

Big Changes at United Way Announced During Annual Spirit of Community Celebration

2014-2015 Campaign Achievement Revealed – More Raised Than Ever Before.


Hosted by United Way Perth-Huron, community members gathered to celebrate the impact that they have had on Huron and Perth Counties. Incoming Board President, Matt Orchard, together with Executive Director, Ryan Erb, presented a number of awards to the volunteers, sponsors and donors who enable the United Way’s mission to improve lives and build strong local communities. Campaign Chairs Wayne Smith and Chief John Bates were on hand to announce that 2014-2015 campaign raised $1,153,536.

Chief Bates celebrated saying, “This is an incredible achievement for our community! Raising more money than ever before is a substantial accomplishment.” Smith went on saying: “It was hard work no doubt, and my thanks to the hundreds of volunteers, who made it possible. I’m so proud to be part of this organization.”

During the celebration, Ryan Erb, the Executive Director shared how United Way has planned and changed to better suit the new environment. “The community had changed – social problems were more intractable, the community was asking us to do more and different things – and in response, we began planning nearly 3 years ago. A great deal of work has gone into our planning. Now we are ready to begin implementation.”

“The result is United Way as more of a bridge-builder, and as a collaborator. So in the coming years we plan to lead in many ways: As a Funder, a Convenor, a Collaborator, a Social Researcher, a Social Planner, an Incubator, an Advocate, and a Shared Service Provider. All of this to create the greatest community impact possible.”

Erb went on to share his vision of a new three-year funding and campaign model, “to allow greater impact and stability to supported partners” and a pilot project in North Perth, “a localized effort to raise additional dollars in North Perth for North Perth Priorities.” He wrapped up with a call for expressions of interest, “Any charitable organization serving Perth and Huron will have the opportunity to express interest in receiving UWPH funding. On May 4th, for six weeks, we are open for business – ready to receive your expression of interest. With our new community impact plan in mind, we are looking for partners who can best co-create a better future for our community, focused on the priorities of All that Kids can Be, From Poverty to Possibility and Building Strong Communities.”

Over 200 guests attended the community celebration where both volunteers and donors alike were applauded for their commitment. Inaugural Spirit of Community Awards were given to Curtiss-Wright Controls and volunteers Janice Dunbar, Connie Gould, Paul Lloyd Williams, Mimi Price and Jay Morrow [that’s me! 😀 ].

For local organizations interested in applying for funding please contact the United Way office at 32 Erie Street, Stratford; online at perthhuron.unitedway.ca; or by phone toll free 1-877-818-8867.

Change starts here

For more information or to set up an interview with Ryan Erb, Executive Director, call 1-877-818-8867 or 271-7730 or email info@perthhuron.unitedway.ca.

View or download the Media Release here:  Media Release – Spirit of Community Release Final (PDF).

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