Big, possibly heavy changes at Plane Pull 12!

It had to happen sometime. The DC9 has been retired!

Planning—and planing—has begun for Plane Pull 2015, an extra special event because this is United Way’s 50th anniversary in Winnipeg.


And now, with news of the retirement of our beloved “fun pull” DC9 aircraft, we’re dreaming up something heavy for this year’s pull on September 18. That’s all we can say for now; you’ll have to come pull to see what it might be!

It’ll be hard to top last year’s Plane Pull 11, which set amazing new records for both participation and fundraising.

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Sponsored Executives at their “graduation,” including MTS’ Angela Casey, far right, the overall top fundraiser at Plane Pull 2014.

Angela Casey from MTS, one of our many valued Sponsored Executives, personally raised $1035 for the event, going far above and beyond her already busy schedule! It’s dedication and enthusiasm like that that makes Plane Pull so much fun and so important in the work towards a better Winnipeg.

Dream seats for the Bombers!

Some deserving youth in Winnipeg are going to be sharing in the excitement of the new stadium this season!

This year, MTS is generously donating 50 tickets for every regular season Bomber home game to a local youth serving agency through the United Way. To make sure they get the full stadium experience, they will be providing participating kids with cheer sticks, a hot dog and pop to snack on.  “As strong supporters of both the Bombers and United Way, MTS is pleased to be able to share the excitement around the upcoming season with some deserving young people in our community,” says Kelvin Shepherd, President of MTS.

The donation is a part of United Way’s Dream Seats program, which takes donated game tickets and puts them in the hands of kids in our community who might not otherwise have the chance to experience a professional hockey, football or baseball game.

Donations like these can open doors to new experiences, create lasting memories and, who knows, maybe even inspire the next Olympian or NHL player to come out of Winnipeg.

Go Bombers – and go MTS!

For more information on the Dream Seats program, click here.

Winnipeg musicians give back at #GiveYourGifts

James Struthers and emcee Ace Burpee

On a cold night with exams looming, hundreds of Winnipeg’s youth came out to hear music, dance, and get inspired to give back to their community at the first ever #GiveYourGifts concert. Some lined up over an hour before the doors opened to hear Dane Bjornson, James Struthers, The Treble, and Take Me To The Pilot play.

#GiveYourGifts was the dream of local musician James Struthers, who wanted to inspire people with an experience that was more than just a concert. In the weeks leading up to the show, every band that played spent time in the community volunteering with a United Way agency partner, and encouraged everyone in the community to think about how they could give back in their own way.

“It’s been an amazingly rewarding experience to work with these people and now to see it all pay off,” said James. “Really, I’m just one of very many people involved in the event, and everyone really came together. We really hope it leaves an impact on the community, and everyone who came out – now it’s up to them to decide to take up the torch.”

A very excited Joanna – a longtime volunteer for agency partner West Broadway Youth Outreach – gets her guitar

His favourite moment of the night? Giving away a guitar along with emcee Ace Burpee to #GiveYourGifts winner Joanna Titch.

Thank to all the of the bands who came out and played, to presenting sponsor MTS, and to James for inspiring so many young people right here in Winnipeg!



#GiveYourGifts – presented by MTS

Winnipeggers can share the gift of music December 13 at the #GiveYourGifts concert with James Struthers (pictured), Take Me To The Pilot, The Treble, and Dane Bjornson

Time. Talent. Music. Money. Coats. The shoes off our feet.

We know Winnipeg is one of the most generous cities in the world – we all give what we can. There’s nothing that we won’t share to help out our fellow Winnipeggers.

And that’s got musician James Struthers inspired.

On December 13, he’s putting on the first ever #GiveYourGifts concert at the Garrick, presented by MTS with proceeds going to United Way of Winnipeg.

Give Your Gifts Promo CardJames, along with The Treble, Dane Bjornson, and Take Me To The Pilot (singers of the amazing Green Eyes song in our campaign video), are not just giving their musical talent by performing. They’re each giving time by volunteering with a United Way agency partner leading up to the concert!

“#GiveYourGifts is about sharing your talents to make a difference in the community, because big or small, we all have something to offer,” says James. We couldn’t agree more!

Where: The Garrick Centre
When: December 13, Doors 6pm, Show 7pm
Tickets: $15 in advance, available at United Way and Music Traders, or $20 at the door

Eventbrite - #GiveYourGifts concert

Watch for more info on the concert on the #GiveYourGifts Facebook page!

P.S. We’d love to hear about what you’re doing to make a difference this holiday season – share your stories on Facebook or Twitter and tag #GiveYourGifts!

#GiveYourGifts is presented by MTS

Home is where the heart is: United Way’s new building at 580 Main Street.

United Way of Winnipeg's new address is 580 Main Street.

After leasing space on 5 Donald Street for the past 25 years, United Way has completed its move into a new building in the heart of Winnipeg’s downtown.

Situated between Alexander and Pacific Avenues on Winnipeg’s historic Main Street, the new location brings us closer to many of our community partners. We are also thrilled to be able to contribute to the revitalization of Winnipeg’s core.

More information on renting the community space:
Main Floor Fact Sheet - Hot Desks Main Floor Fact Sheet – Hot Desks
Main Floor Fact Sheet - Meeting Rooms Main Floor Fact Sheet – Meeting Rooms

Three things you may not know about the new United Way space:

1 – No Annual Campaign Donations Used

  • Construction was funded through a stimulus grant from the Province of Manitoba and Government of Canada, with support from the City of Winnipeg and CentreVenture.
  • What wasn’t covered by grants was made up for by a small group of long-time United Way supporters.

2 – It’s Cost Efficient

  • The building represents cost-savings to United Way based on comparable leasing options.
  • The new building was designed to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards, lowering operating costs AND helping the environment.

3 – It’s About Community

  • The main floor houses a community learning centre.
  • There’s start-up space for not-for-profits and social entrepreneurs working towards self-sufficiency.

Thank You

United Way would like to specially acknowledge the following partners and supporters, without whom, our relocation would not have been possible:

  • Architect Ray Wan of Winnipeg and NovaCon Construction for completing the construction in record time
  • Manitoba Hydro who supported this project financially, and also through the PowerSmart program
  • MTS for their support in bringing to life the innovative and exciting new technology in this space
  • The Province of Manitoba, Government of Canada, City of Winnipeg and CentreVenture who assembled and financially contributed to the acquisition of the land
  • Cambrian Credit Union for assisting with short-term mortgage considerations
  • And a small group of long-time United Way friends and committed Winnipeggers who covered costs associated with finishing and furnishing this wonderful asset to our community:
    • Richard Brownscombe
    • Jim Burns
    • Dave Johnston
    • Mike Nesbitt
    • Derek Riley
    • The Richardson Foundation

And for the public art installation:

  • Babs & Gail Asper for their financial support
  • Tricia Wasney, Manager of Public Art, and Carol Phillips, Executive Director of the Winnipeg Arts Council for guiding and advising us on the call for submission and selection process