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 Network:

KFLA has a growing number of retirees in the area.  With its proximity to three large cities (Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal), its waterfront, housing options and active arts and culture, Kingston has been identified as one of the top 3 Retiree destinations. This is in large part due to military personnel who return to a city they enjoyed during their term. Kingston also has a large number of retirees from manufacturing, where many plants used to be the largest employers, and education, with educators and staff retiring from Queen’s and the school boards.

In the Kingston area 32 per cent of the population is over the age of 55 years. It is likely this trend will continue as the region continues to attract retirees.

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 this. 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

Covid 19 Resources 

For information on resources available click here

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 Retiree Task Force, 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.

Seniors Helping Seniors 

United Way KFL&A’s Retirees United was quick to step up and now they are asking seniors in the community, who can and have the means, to give back if they can.  They are encouraging seniors, those who can afford to give back, to donate their OAS $300 cheque to support the Seniors’ Food Box. For more information  click here,.  You can donate by visiting (check the box  I am donating as part of Seniors Helping Seniors). 

For more information about how to get involved, please contact

Retirees United Task Force Members

Chair: 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), Valerie Robb (Empire Life Retiree), Tim Salmon

Staff Leads: Bhavana Varma, Lindsay Robinson

“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, 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.

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.