Good afternoon! Hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend and you are finding ways to enjoy the snow!
In this month’s update you’ll learn about how your donations continue to impact the community throughout the pandemic and how those funds are being used to help the most vulnerable members. I’d also like to share some information about Pink Shirt Day (Feb. 24) and the second annual Tampon Tuesday donation drive coming up in March.
Since the beginning of the pandemic United Way KFL&A has continued to work to find ways to develop collective and proactive approaches to the situation, working with agencies to ensure our community can continue to serve all residents, especially the most vulnerable.
The United Way KFL&A COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund was set up almost immediately and our community stepped up. Thanks to caring, supportive, and generous donors who saw the need, agencies and programs were able to adapt and respond quickly, helping community members in need. This included everything from funding cleaning supplies, PPE [personal protective equipment], additional staffing, and takeout containers to helping agencies with myriad technological demands and the enormous challenge of going virtual − and much more.
For a summary of all the funding and activity that took place in 2020 click here.
Below are some details of the issues we learned about over the past year:
We could not have worked on these issues or addressed some immediate urgent needs without your support. Please feel free to reach out if you would like any additional information and visit our grants page on our website for more details on funding for individual agencies.
Pink Shirt Day – Kindness Unites Us
This year, Pink Shirt Day is February 24, 2021. This day encourages everyone to practice kindness and wear pink to symbolize that you do not tolerate bullying.
A movement celebrated across the globe, Pink Shirt Day has humble beginnings. Inspired by an act of kindness in small-town Nova Scotia, now the day brings awareness and raises funds for anti-bullying programs.
This Pink Shirt Day, the focus is on working together and treating others with dignity and respect. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all and shown the importance of helping one another and advocating for those who need it.
Last year and this year, United Way KFL&A created a Pink Shirt to help spread this message – many of you purchased shirts and we look forward to seeing them! No UW shirt? No problem, any pink will do and we look forward to seeing many in the community show off their pink shirts and their support. Tag United Way KFL&A on social media on Pink Shirt Day and help spread the message of kindness!
United Way KFL&A is excited to partner with Bell Media, national Tampon Tuesday partner, and local Labour partners for the second annual Tampon Tuesday collection drive in the region, following International Women’s Week.
Starting March 2 and running until March 16, 2021, community members are encouraged to donate pads, tampons, liners and other menstrual hygiene products. The donation drive aims to fill a gap in the Kingston Frontenac, Lennox & Addington area as we know that menstrual hygiene products are among the most requested items at local food banks and shelters, but the least donated.
In 2020, United Way KFL&A initiated the first Tampon Tuesday drive in this community. Over 45,000! hygiene products were donated and distributed to agencies and individuals in need in the community.
As with the coat drive this past fall, donations will be collected at locations across the region and then distributed to agencies. Please watch our website for more details about drop off locations in the weeks to come.
Thank you! Your support continues to change the lives of so many impacted by this pandemic. Thank you for your continued. You can always stay up to date by following our social media channels – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn and of course, you can find videos at www.unitedwaykfla.ca/videos/ and regular updates on our website at www.unitedwaykfla.ca
Take care. Stay safe and well!
President & CEO | United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington