Regional United Way amalgamation now official

Three organizations form new United Way Niagara

United Way Niagara press release –The amalgamation of the United Ways of Niagara Falls & Greater Fort Erie, South Niagara and St. Catharines & District is now official. The new entity formed by the three organizations is called United Way Niagara (UWN).

“We are stronger together,” says Executive Director, Frances Hallworth. “Already we’re seeing the benefits of coordinating our efforts and optimizing our resources. We look forward to collaborating with our partners in communities across the region to lead meaningful and measurable change.”

United Way Niagara has been operating together since June 2018.

“’Poverty knows no boundaries’ and while the United Way Niagara will tackle broad-based issues that transcend municipal boundaries, we will continue to maintain the local focus that has been the hallmark of United Way throughout its history” says Hallworth.

The three local offices across the region will remain open and money raised in each community will stay in that community.

The United Way Niagara Board of Directors will be comprised of members from across the Niagara Region.

The new board members include:

Shirley Cordiner
Dawn Dobbie
Gervan Fearon
Jennifer Ferguson
April Jeffs
Jeff Klassen
Cassie Kelly
Mike Kirkopoloulos
Pam Lilley
Rod McDowell
Greg Medulun
Peter Partridge
Patrick Maloney
Angus Scott
Sean Simpson

Agency partners from all of the former United Ways will remain eligible for funding.

The 2018 United Way Niagara campaign is now underway with a fundraising goal of $5 million. This year the United Way Niagara also launched two new matching programs – Leadership Matching with the Physicians of Niagara and New Donor Matching with Meridian Credit Union,” says Campaign Chair, Sean Simpson.

“The three United Ways in Niagara have demonstrated a true commitment to building a stronger United Way. Together, they will improve more lives locally, and across the region. United Way Niagara is leading by example,” says Dr. Jacline Nyman, former President and CEO, United Way Centraide Canada.

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