Breakfast focused on youth mental health, campaign progress

$7.5 million raised by generous Winnipeggers so far, over $20 million needed

On Friday 200  Winnipeggers gathered at Robert A. Steen Community Centre for breakfast and to learn more about the importance of connecting Winnipeg youth with mental health supports – one of four community priorities in United Way’s Three Years for a Better Winnipeg plan.

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The plan, created in consultation with Winnipeggers, commits to continuing to support all the programs and services made possible through United Way, while going further over the next three years to help an additional 11,000 kids and families get help in the areas of youth mentorship, mental health supports for young people, job skills and money management training, and help for families at neighbourhood family centres.

Griffin Jenkins, director of education and youth programming at Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba, and Alex Moore, a youth who has participated in the Rock Camp for kids dealing with mood disorders, played some musical numbers for guests. Griffin, 19, also shared his journey through mental illness as a youth.

Griffin Jenkins, on guitar, director of education and youth programming at Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba, and Alex Moore, a youth who has participated in the Association’s Rock Camp for kids dealing with mood disorders, played some musical numbers for guests. Griffin, 19, also shared his journey through mental illness as a youth.

Campaign Chair Neil Besner shared progress in the campaign thus far, and gave an important reminder.

“I’m pleased to share that Winnipeggers have already generated $7.5 million – a good start, but remember we still have a long way to go,” said Neil.

“To achieve our goals, we’ll need to grow our campaign by 15 per cent over the next three years.

Last year, we raised more than $20 million. That means we need to raise that much this year just to maintain the amount of help we already help make possible.

We must start this year – right now in fact! We know how many more kids and families we want to support over the next three years, and we also know there are kids and families that need help right now as we speak.”

Neil Besner announced the United Way campaign progress, and asked everyone to give more, and work hard to raise more so over 11,000 more Winnipeggers can get help.

Neil Besner announced the United Way campaign progress, and asked everyone to give more, and work hard to raise more so over 11,000 more Winnipeggers can get help.

“I’m asking each and every one of you here, if you’ve never given before, make this the time you start. If you already give – thank you – please consider giving even a little bit more. And let’s all encourage those we know to join us in getting involved also.

There’s room for all of us in this. It doesn’t matter how big or small your gift is. EVERY gift – every dollar – you give will help change someone’s life.”

You can help change a life today – make a gift at UnitedWayWinnipeg.ca/give-now or call 204-477-UWAY (8929)

Going further for Winnipeg kids and families.

After listening to Winnipeggers United Way presents a 3-year plan with clear goals to do more for kids and families still struggling in our city.

For the first time in United Way Winnipeg’s history the annual fundraising campaign is evolving to focus on three-year goals to address the growing challenges faced by kids and families in Winnipeg today. The plan – Three Years for a Better Winnipeg – is a direct response to conversations with nearly 2,000 Winnipeggers during United Way’s 50th anniversary last year.

Hundreds came to share breakfast at Hugh John Macdonald School and celebrate new goals to help more kids and families in Winnipeg.

Hundreds came to share breakfast at Hugh John Macdonald School and celebrate new goals to help more kids and families in Winnipeg.

On Thursday hundreds of children, parents and teachers came together for a community breakfast at Hugh John Macdonald School to share in this exciting plan to give more help in four important priority areas, including a commitment to:

      • 1,800 MORE mentors for kids – role models, advisors and friends who teach by example and help kids make healthy choices, do better in school, and develop important life and leadership skills.
      • Mental health support for 4,000 more young people – help them manage better at home, at school and in the community.
More help for more than 11,000 kids and families was announced at Hugh John Macdonald School on Thursday.

More help for more than 11,000 kids and families was announced at Hugh John Macdonald School on Thursday.

    • Connect 2,800 MORE people with job skills and money management training – helping them earn a steady income, reduce debt, manage their money, and create stability for their families.
    • Help 2,700 MORE families find support close to home – by extending the reach of neighbourhood family centres, which are hubs of the community and lifelines for families, especially those in low-income situations.

“Our campaign remains, as always, a way for all of us to have fun, celebrate our city and donate to help our fellow Winnipeggers. But this year is actually the beginning of a three-year journey tied directly to our new plan,” United Way of Winnipeg’s 2016 Campaign Chair Neil Besner told the community members gathered for breakfast.

Neil stressed United Way will continue to support the network of programs and services that help thousands every day in Winnipeg, while going further to achieve the goals for more kids and families.

Four Winnipeggers – Brandon, Shania, Mary, and Malofo – whose lives have been changed by United Way programs and services related to the new priority areas – shared their stories and thanked Winnipeggers for their generosity.

Brandon talked about how mentorship changed his life and helped him graduate, and how today he mentors other kids to do the same as an academic facilitator.

Brandon talked about how mentorship changed his life and helped him graduate, and how today he mentors other kids to do the same as an academic facilitator.

Neil said all Winnipeggers can get involved to help make achieve the goals they inspired.

“And how do we do it? We do what Winnipeggers do best… we get involved in being part of the Winnipeg we want to see,” Neil said.

“It doesn’t matter how big or small your gift is. EVERY gift – every dollar – you give will help change someone’s life.”

Please give today to do more for over 11,000 kids and families in Winnipeg.

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Caring about kids at Monsanto

Monsanto hears about helping kids

Monsanto employees gathered for their 2015 United Way campaign kickoff where Rossbrook House executive director Phil Chiappetta spoke about how their support helps create a better future for Winnipeg kids.

Rossbrook's Phil Chiappetta talks about the difference they make.

Rossbrook’s Phil Chiappetta talks about the difference they make in kids’ lives.

A United Way-supported neighbourhood drop-in centre, Rossbrook House was founded in 1976 by Sister Geraldine MacNamara and some inner city youth with a simple mission: “No child who does not want to be alone, should ever have to be.

Phil spoke about how youth at Rossbrook can grow from young and sometimes troubled kids into leaders and mentors of other kids who in turn become the next generation of leaders. It’s a true cycle of positive mentorship creating better futures!

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Monsanto's United Way campaign team poses behind a delicious salad bar.

Monsanto’s United Way campaign team poses behind a delicious salad bar with Sponsored Executive Derek Resch (second from right)..

About 75 Monsanto employees enjoyed BBQ and deserts at the kickoff last Friday. United Way sponsored executive Derek Resch said everyone was “energized and enthusiastic.”

“It was a warm day with a warm crowd.”

Thank you for making a difference, Monsanto!

Report Session 1: 46% of the way to goal!

Almost halfway there! The first of our four Campaign Report Sessions took place at the Delta Winnipeg’s Grand Ballroom, with a buffet breakfast and wise words on the incalculable value of young people from West Broadway Youth Outreach’s Ken Opaleke.

Ken Opaleke at Report Session 1.

Friday morning saw us celebrating our pacesetters, the workplaces who make their corporate gifts or run their workplace campaigns early, under the theme “All That Kids Can Be.”

Report Session 1 Guests

In that spirit, we left crayons on the paper tablecloths and asked guests to doodle their vision for the kind of Winnipeg they’d like to see for all the children in our community. Our friends never fail to impress us with their passion!

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Our Salute to businesses and organizations making a difference in Winnipeg.

Every year, when our annual campaign is wrapped up, we take a moment to compile a list of outstanding businesses and organizations that worked so hard to raise money for our community.

Thank you for making a difference through United Way.

Hosting a workplace campaign is more than just planning pancake breakfasts—it’s a chance to connect with coworkers who care about our community. A chance to think about how working together for a greater goal not only produces valuable results, but cements friendships and builds teams.

We’re so grateful to all the businesses and organizations that find value in having a United Way campaign. Some work to increase their donations or participation. Some get together to volunteer at Days of Caring. And some just go over the top having fun and making a difference in our city.

Here’s a Salute to them.

179 million thanks to our generous federal employees and retirees!

Federal employees and retirees give back to their communities, with over $179 million donated to United Ways across the country in the past ten years.

We’re proud to have the 3rd largest federal employee and retiree campaign right here in Winnipeg! Your generosity is amazing, and together we’re working to build stronger communities.

Thank You Federal Employees and Retirees

Thanks to United Way Ottawa for preparing and sharing this infographic.