News Release

Appreciation Week recognizes hard work of frontline non-profit workers 
First ever Non-profit Appreciation Week celebrates 58,000 Ontario’s non-profits and 850,000 dedicated workers

Kingston, ON (Feb 14, 2022) – United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington is excited to participate and help celebrate frontline workers during the first ever Non-profit Appreciation Week in Ontario from February 14 – 20, 2022.

This new recognition of Ontario’s nonprofit sector and its nearly 850,000 workers is based on legislation to recognize nonprofit workers and organizations by the Government of Ontario, Bill 9, Nonprofit Sector Appreciation Week, 2021 and was championed by MPP Daisy Wai and the Bhayana Family Foundation.

The week celebrates the vital role nonprofits and workers play in creating and maintaining healthy, vibrant and inclusive communities across Ontario, especially over the past two years during the pandemic.

“In KFL&A our community agencies, staff and volunteers in the non-profit sector have continued essential services throughout the pandemic – and in many cases increased services due to demand – everything from seniors support, meal programs, shelters, mental health supports and so much more to help those most impacted by COVID-19,” said Bhavana Varma, President and CEO, United Way KFL&A. “Like all of us, agencies are facing fatigue, working hard to ensure they can continue to serve residents.  They need our support and appreciation, and that is what this week is all about.”

In Ontario, 58,000 nonprofits help to create healthy and thriving communities, with nearly 850,000 nonprofit workers dedicated to serve, connect, and support residents in communities like KFL&A.

According to Raksha M. Bhayana, CEO of the Bhayana Family Foundation, “The staff of non-profits are extraordinary. They are deeply caring, guided by a mission to enhance the quality of life of individuals and communities. Staff in the sector are driven by the best parts of the soul and a passion for social impact. Bill 9 ensures that the sector is honoured for its economic and social contribution to society – making the invisible champions visible.”

United Way KFL&A hopes that community members will take some time during this week to recognize the important work being done each and every day by these agencies and workers. Spread the message on social media using #NonprofitAppreciationWeek.

“Thank you to the Bhayana Family Foundation, MPP Wai and the Province for bringing recognition to this important sector,” added Varma. “As always, I am sure our community will step up to continue supporting and showing their appreciation for these much-needed services this week and beyond.”

For more information about Non-profit Appreciation Week visit and for more information on Ontario’s non-profit sector, visit

About United Way KFLA
United Way Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington works closely with the community to ensure that people have the opportunity to reach their full potential and live with hope, dignity and a sense of belonging. This vision is realized by building on deep-rooted local community knowledge and relationships to empower people to make an impact.

Led by volunteers, driven by a small professional staff team, the United Way KFL&A provides inspiring opportunities for people to get involved and support issues they care about through volunteering, giving and being advocates for people who are in vulnerable situations.

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Mandy Pasch, Director, Marketing and Communications
United Way KFL&A