Retirees United

About Retirees United

The goal of the Retirees United initiative is to engage retirees and those about to retire – those who are leaving a local workplace as well as retirees moving to Kingston and area. 

Local Impact:

It is reported that 1 in 4 seniors don’t feel connected to their community. United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington would like to change that. We would like to see retirees and seniors stay healthy and active by getting involved in their neighbourhoods, utilizing community resources that keep them physically active, socially connected, valued and able to better cope with life’s transitions.

Get Involved

The Retiree Task Force aims to create a sense of belonging for retirees by engaging them in their community, connecting them to peers and giving them the opportunity to make meaningful contributions of both time and resources.

The Seniors’ Food Box

The Seniors’ Food Box is an initiative that was designed by the Retirees United, in partnership with local agencies.  The Seniors’ Food Box delivers a box of food to low income seniors once a month, providing fresh and dry food to seniors on low-income. Retiree Task Force volunteers continue to support this initiative, making phone calls and connecting with seniors receiving these food boxes.

Workplace Retiree Campaigns

The Retiree Task Force has developed a playbook to help workplaces run effective retiree campaigns.  For more information, click here.

For more information about how to get involved, please contact bvarma@unitedwaykfla.ca

Retirees United Task Force Members

Chair:  Valerie Robb (Empire Life Retiree) 

Jim Parker  (Delcan/Parsons Retiree), Arlene Aish (Queen’s University Retirees), Brian Chenoweth (Novelis (Alcan) R&D),  Marina Lee (Empire Life Retiree), Jeff Moore (Goodyear), Nancy Drew (City of Kingston), Tim Salmon

Staff Lead: Bhavana Varma

“My wife and I have always donated to the United Way KFL&A because we know the donated funds are used in our community. Being a grandparent, I am conscious of the need for children to have a supportive and learning environment, and healthy food from an early age. In my retirement, I have become more aware of the people in need in our community. I encourage you to support these vital programs by volunteering and by making a donation. Through the United Way you make a difference in the lives of so many.”

– Jim Parker, Past Chair, Retirees United

Are you planning to retire? 

Check out our Retiree Guide for some helpful tips.

Ways to Give

Pension Deductions
Check with your workplace. You may be able donate through monthly pension deductions once you are retired.

Monthly Giving
You can conveniently give a monthly gift through credit card or pre-authorized payments.

One Time Gifts
Cheques, cash or credit cards are accepted.

Gifts of Securities
Gifts of securities may provide you with even greater tax benefits than charitable gifts made in cash.

Bequests
You can continue your tradition of giving by leaving a bequest to the United Way in your will. Through the Endowment Fund, the principal is permanently preserved and the interest supports programs.

Life Insurance
Gifting a Life Insurance policy or naming United Way as a beneficiary of your policy can be an easy and effective way to continue your support.

Panel Discussions

A series of virtual panel discussions are offered to Retirees United members. You can watch previous panel discussions at the links below and learn more about some of the issues facing vulnerable members in our community.

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Food Security - June 2, 2021

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