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2017 Brant United Way - Day in the Life of a Firefighter

Posted: September 20, 2017

This is your chance to live the life of a firefighter for one day! Participants pay $500 experience a water rescue in Brantford and a live fire training at Six Nations with lunch at the Brantford Fire Station. Read more!

And We’re Off! Celebrating our 1 st Annual Fire Truck Pull and 2017 Goal Announcement

Posted: September 1, 2017


After a gruelling competition at our First Annual Fire Truck Pull, Brant United Way has announced a 2017 campaign goal of $1,700,000.00. Local teams from N0-Club, Re/Max Twin City, Cross Fit Durst, Brantford Harlequins RFC, Brant United Way, and Brantford Fire Department showed their strength and pulled together for our community. After two suspenseful rounds the Harlequins emerged victorious. Together, all teams raised over $4,000.00 to jump start our 2017 campaign!

Who will come back to challenge the Harlequins stellar time next year?

Thank you to Carrier Centres, Carrier Centres Tire & Automotive Repair, and Dual Sport Plus for being the lead sponsors of our 2017 kick off! Thank you also to Kevin Butler, Sociable Kitchen + Tavern, Mother’s Pizza, Orchard Home Farms, Original Kettlecorn, and SC Johnson for your kind and generous support.

Showing our community we care

Posted: June 12, 2017


On Friday, June 9th 2017 100 local volunteers rolled up their sleeves and helped not-for-profit agencies in Brantford and Paris. Brant United Way matched projects at not-for-profit agencies with volunteer groups from local workplaces. With many agencies operating on small budgets they rely on volunteers to help them take care of projects like general maintenance, landscaping, and painting. Day of Caring is an opportunity to bring our community together and create positive change.

We are grateful to Brant Mutual Insurance for their generous sponsorship for Day of Caring and continued support. Thank you to all agencies who submitted projects and all of the volunteers who made a difference this year!

Pulling together for our community

Posted: August 7, 2017


Our 2017 campaign is all about pulling together for our community! Join us on Saturday, August 26th for our first annual fire truck pull and celebrate the start of our 2017 campaign. Featuring kids activities, food from local restaurants, and—the main event—a fire truck pull. This kick off is one for the books!

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Showing our community we care

Posted: June 12, 2017


On Friday, June 9th 2017 100 local volunteers rolled up their sleeves and helped not-for-profit agencies in Brantford and Paris. Brant United Way matched projects at not-for-profit agencies with volunteer groups from local workplaces. With many agencies operating on small budgets they rely on volunteers to help them take care of projects like general maintenance, landscaping, and painting. Day of Caring is an opportunity to bring our community together and create positive change.

We are grateful to Brant Mutual Insurance for their generous sponsorship for Day of Caring and continued support. Thank you to all agencies who submitted projects and all of the volunteers who made a difference this year!

The Giant Warehouse Sale takes over Brantford

Posted: May 29, 2017

We hosted our 15th annual Giant Warehouse Sale on Saturday, May 27th! Approximately 1700 shoppers came out to get great deals and give back to our community. Since its inception, the Giant Warehouse Sale has raised over $2,000,000.00 to support local individuals and families. Thank you to all of the product donors and sponsors whose generosity makes the sale such a success and to all of the hardworking volunteers who give of their time each year.

The Giant Warehouse Sale doesn’t come together overnight; check out the process from start to finish!


Thank you to all of our generous donors and sponsors!

Posted: January 30, 2017


Brant United Way is pleased to announce the achievement from the 2016 campaign. Brant United Way has raised $1,652,223 to support local families and individuals in Brantford, County of Brant, and Six Nations of the Grand River.

Kick-Off Extravaganza for Brant United Way 2016 Campaign

September 15, 2016

This year’s Brant United Way Campaign Kick Off was out of this world! In conjunction with the Movies in the Square presentation of Star Wars, the Force Awakens in Harmony Square, United Way volunteers and staff were spreading the excitement and awareness of the 2016 Campaign. Counselor John Utley, long time United Way Campaign Cabinet member, was on hand to bring words of support from the city...

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Tragically Hip Concert

Posted: August 23, 2016

On Saturday, August 20th Canada watched the last Tragically Hip concert via live feed at the Sanderson Centre (kindly sponsored by SC Johnson). Brant United Way held a 50/50 draw with proceeds going to the Brant United Way. We raised a total of $1,806 and are pleased to announce the winner of the 50/50 draw is Gary Durrant (9647096), winning $903.

Paint the Town Red!

Posted: August 18, 2016
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United Way chair ‘up to the challenge’

Posted August 18, 2016

A Brantford lawyer with a history of community service has been named chair of the 2016 Brant United Way campaign.

Kevin Davis, of Waterous Holden Amey Hitchon, will lead this year's fundraising effort in support of a number of community agencies.

"This is another way of giving something back to the community, and I'm looking forward to working with a great team," Davis, 61, said.

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Save the Date: Kick-Off Extravaganza for Brant United Way 2016 Campaign

Posted August 18, 2016

Family fun is the focus for Brant United Way’s 2016 Campaign Kick-Off. There’s something for everyone - Star Wars, a fire truck, a race car, and more! Brant United Way will reveal their campaign announcement at the last movie night of the summer. 2016 Campaign Chair, Kevin Davis, partner at Waterous, Holden, Amey and Hitchon LLP, is inviting all of the residents of Brantford, Brant County and Six Nations of the Grand River to the kick-off at Movies in the Square, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Harmony Square on Thursday, September 1.

It was hot, hot, hot and so were the deals!

Posted August 3, 2016

The GIANT Warehouse Sale raised approximately $170,500 that will be used right here in Brantford, County of Brant and Six Nations of the Grand River. Because of this huge success, many individuals and families will benefit from the programs and services offered through Brant United Way member agencies.

This event is organized by Brant United Way; however it could not happen without the support of 18 donors, 58 sponsors, 430 volunteers and almost 1,850 shoppers. Some of the companies, organizations and people involved have been donating products and services and volunteering for every GIANT Warehouse Sale since the first, back in 2003.

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Changes coming to the GIANT Warehouse Sale!

Posted: May 2, 2016

Brant United Way Warehouse Sale changes admission process.

We have heard the feedback and are excited to announce that we have GIANT changes at the 14th Annual Giant Warehouse Sale. This year, for the first time EVER, we are actively changing the admission process. To decrease wait times, here are the changes we are making...

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The 14th Annual Giant Warehouse Sale is Coming!

Posted: January 26, 2016

Saturday May 28th, 2016 8am-3pm at 20 Edge Street, Brantford (Lion’s Park Arena)

Volunteer applications will be posted in March 2016.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the most up to date information on the 2016 Giant Warehouse Sale!

Community Impact Grants: Call for Proposals NOW OPEN

Posted: January 15, 2016

Community Impact Grants are open to both Member Agencies and other Agencies in Brantford, the County of Brant and Six Nations of the Grand River. Proposals are for new programs or to expand an existing program. Community Impact Grants will be one-time funds (non-sustainable grants as they cannot be guaranteed beyond one year).

For full details on the grant process including an overview and the grant application, please visit the application page or contact Sherry Haines at 519-752-7848 ext. 217 or . Applications are due no later than February 12th, 2016 at noon.

Press Release

How little lives are changed through stories
Imagination Library an example of United Way impact

Posted: October 22, 2015

As an early childhood educator and a mother, Vivien knows books are important.

“I’ve always believed in the value books add to a child’s life, but I’ve truly seen the first-hand impact through the experiences in raising my two-year-old daughter Milayna,” Vivien said.

From the time children are born until they reach the age of five years old, they are heavily influenced by their environment and experiences.

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Creating possibility one life at time,
by Linda Moyer for Brant News

Posted: October 5, 2015

Images of puppies and smiling babies fill the placemat that my mother Erma created as part of her program at the Adult Recreation Therapy Centre (ARTC). The placemat may never hang at Glenhyrst Gardens but it has a place of honour on the wall of my office at the Brant United Way. It tells me, in a way my mother no longer can, that her thoughts are happy, she feels secure and above all, she loves her dog Lucky... Continue reading:

Do the math on hunger

Posted: September 21, 2015

In awareness of Hunger Awareness Week, 9 of the Brant United Way Board, Campaign Cabinet and staff will pick up a standard 3-day emergency food supply hamper from the Brantford Food Bank. These hampers include an assortment of non-perishable food items, which typically last person two or three days, though many folks in the community stretch this to a week or ten days. Our participants will live exclusively off the contents of the hamper for 3 days. They will not eat out or accept free food or drink. They will be allowed to use up to five standard pantry ingredients, such as oil, flour, salt, coffee, etc., but are asked to keep track of the quantity of these items used.

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Press Release

Introducing the Brant United Way 2015 Campaign Cabinet

Posted: Sept 17, 2015

Our goal reflects our ongoing commitment to our community. Our talented and dedicated campaign team is working hard to ensure that we once again rise to the challenge of meeting the financial needs of our community. LARRY BROCK, 2015 CAMPAIGN CHAIR

Campaign Kick Off Coverage from Brant News

Posted: August 28, 2015

Campaign Kick Off Coverage from the Brantford Expositor

Posted: August 27, 2015

The Brant United Way is hoping to raise $1,651,000 to support more than 60 important programs provided by 18 member agencies this year.

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Campaign advertising is in the community

Posted: October 1, 2015

Over the next couple months you will see our campaign advertising in the local papers. It brings to life what possibility means in our community.

2015 Brant United Way Campaign Kickoff!!!

Posted: August 21, 2015

Join us for our official Campaign Kick-off! On August 27th, bring the family down to Harmony Square and enjoy a free movie courtesy of "Movies in the Square" Downtown Brantford. Brant United Campaign Chair Larry Brock will address the crowd and will reveal the 2015 Campaign Goal prior to the show. The new Campaign video will also be featured. This weeks movie is Cinderella so be sure to bring along all the little princes and princesses!

Hockey Night in Brantford was a great success!!!

Posted: August 20, 2015

On August 12th, hockey fans packed the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre for Hockey Night in Brantford. In support of the Brant United Way this is the fourth time the event has been hosted and is the brainchild of MP Phil McColeman - Brant and a very hard working committee of volunteers. This year’s event raised $96,000 for Brant United Way. Title sponsor Empire Homes was the largest of many contributing sponsors to make this event a successful fundraiser.

100% of all proceeds raised from the event will go to support local programs and services funded by Brant United Way. Over the last four years, over $350,000 has been raised and each year the sponsors, events coordinators, volunteers, and athletes hope to raise more.

The puck dropped precisely at 7:15 p.m. It was Team Henrique vs. Team Dalpe, and the game started with energy and enthusiasm from both the athletes and fans alike. As the game drew to a close, the Speakers Cup was awarded to Team Dalpe with a score of 9-6. The evening ended with a reveal of funds raised and a cheque presentation for the Brant United Way.

Brant United Way wishes to sincerely thank the sponsors, volunteers, attendees, players and coaches for an amazing game and for supporting this community.

Brant United Way is hiring: Campaign Associate

Posted: June 8, 2015

We currently require a motivated and enthusiastic individual to join our team as a Campaign Associate. The Campaign Associate, reporting to the Campaign Director, will work directly with the Campaign Cabinet and other volunteers and assist in the planning, organization, execution and evaluation of the annual fundraising Campaign. You will work as a part of a team to generate the greatest financial support and deepen volunteer and corporate relationships with Brant United Way.

Download PDF for complete job description

Please apply by June 19th by 12noon to .

We appreciate the interest of everyone who applies for this position; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Emergencies Happen. Is Your Family Prepared?
Emergency Preparedness Week 2015 - May 3rd To May 9th

Posted: May 3, 2015 in News

Natural disasters and other emergencies may be beyond our control, but there are ways to reduce the risk and the impact of whatever emergency we might face - whether natural or human-induced.Emergency Preparedness Week (May 3-9, 2015) encourages Canadians to be prepared to cope on their own for at least the first 72 hours of an emergency while rescue workers help those in urgent need.

Ontario 211, a United Way funded program, is taking part in Emergency Preparedness Week too, raising awareness of the 211 service and its benefits to residents during emergencies and every day.

By taking a few simple steps, you can become better prepared to face a range of emergencies – anytime, anywhere. It is important to:

  • Know the risks – Although the consequences of disasters can be similar, knowing the risks specific to our community and our region can help you better prepare.
  • Make a plan – It will help you and your family know what to do
  • Get an emergency kit – During an emergency, we will all need some basic supplies. We may need to get by without power or tap water. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours in an emergency.
  • Know Where to Make the Right Call – learn about how 2-1-1 and 9-1-1 differ so that we can help reduce non-urgent calls to 911, while ensuring residents get the information and support they need.

Visit for more resources to help you and your family prepare for all types of emergencies or for more information. This week, we encourage community members to take concrete actions to be better prepared. Please do your part! Experience has shown that individual preparedness goes a long way to help people cope better - both during and after a major disaster. Get an emergency kit now, make your plan, know your resources - it can make a world of difference.

GenNext presents “Art Out of The Box” to encourage volunteerism

Posted: April 27, 2015 in Press Releases

"It’s like a silent auction with a twist. People will purchase a ticket to the event, come out and see great volunteer opportunities that local organizations have to offer, then browse through some amazing art displays and experiences. When they find something they like, instead of bidding with money they will pledge hours of service to an organization. Highest hours pledged at the end of the night will win the piece or experience," says Darlene D’Souza, GenNext President.

Local artists, and businesses have donated a number of amazing pieces and experiences. To spark increased volunteerism in the community, a grand prize donated by Stickland’s for a trip for two to Las Vegas will be up for the taking. Other auction items include a photo mini-session, passes for 4 to the Art Gallery of Ontario, paintings, pottery and more. Read more!

Get your tickets here!

Brant United Way Accepting Applications for Community Impact Grants

Posted: April 14, 2015 in Press Releases

The citizens of Brantford and the County of Brant once again rallied together and helped Brant United Way reach its goal. A total of $1,660,985 was raised for social service programs in our community. This success has allowed Brant United Way to maintain its funding commitment to current Member Agencies and to open up the funding process to other programs with the Community Impact Grants. Through volunteer review, we’re pleased to announce that the Community Impact Grants make possible the following program support for new or expanding programs for 2015-2016. Read more!

Brant United Way Finds a Home for the Giant Warehouse Sale

Posted: April 1, 2015 in Press Releases

Mark your calendars because the 13th Annual Brant United Way GIANT Warehouse Sale is coming! This year’s sale will be taking place on Saturday, June 6 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at its NEW location – LION’S PARK ARENA, 12 Edge Street, Brantford. Local companies have kindly donated all product sold at the event, and all proceeds support the Brant United Way and it’s Member Agencies. “We are thrilled to be hosting at Lion’s Park Arena this year. This new space offers us a clean and spacious environment for shoppers and volunteers alike.” says the Giant Warehouse Sale Coordinator, Jaimie O’Krafka.

The Lion’s Park Arena will be packed full of amazing products from a variety of local companies including Gunther Mele, S.C. Johnson, David C. Cook Distribution, Procter & Gamble and Ferrero to name a few. This year, the GIANT Warehouse Sale is hoping to exceed last year’s sales of more than $134,000. Read more!

Wednesday, February 11th is 211 Day!

Posted: February 10, 2015 in News

Join Brant United Way in celebrating 211 Day on February 11th (2/11). 211 is an award-winning 3-digit phone and online service helping Ontarians connect to the complete range of government and community-based health and social services. Calls are answered 24x7 by professional information and referral specialists who are trained to assess caller needs, and to refer callers to the most appropriate resources. Brant United Way is proud to be a funder of local 211 programs. Help us spread the word about 211 by sharing information on your social media pages with the hashtag #211Day or #MaketheRightCall or by sharing 211 materials at your office.

Community Impact Grants 2015: Call for Proposals

Posted: January 19, 2015 in News

2015 Community Impact Grants call for proposals are now open.

Highlights include:
  • Applications are welcomed in the priority areas of All that kids can be; From Poverty to Possibility; and Healthy people, strong communities
  • Focus of funding for 2015 will be on From Poverty to Possibility
  • Application deadline Friday, February 20, 2015 at noon
  • Information sessions February 5th and February 9th
  • For more information contact Sherry Haines
Download Press Release Download CIG Funding Application

Brant United Way is hiring Finance Coordinator and Database Coordinator: Deadline for applications is Monday, January 26.

Posted: January 19, 2015 in News
Finance Coordinator

Finance Coordinator, Brant United Way, Part-time Permanent (3 days per week)

The Finance Coordinator is an integral part of the Brant United Way team. Working under the direction of the Executive Director, the Finance Coordinator assists in the planning, organization, execution and evaluation of the ongoing financial position of the Agency.The Finance Coordinator is responsible for providing financial, administrative and clerical services in order to ensure effective, efficient and accurate financial and administrative operations. The Finance Coordinator must comply with CRA regulations, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and the financial by-laws, policies and procedures of Brant United Way. View job posting...

Database Coordinator

Brant United Way requires a part-time, permanent Database Coordinator (3 days per week).

The Database Coordinator is an integral part of the Campaign Team and the entire organization. This position reports to the Executive Director, but works closely with the Campaign Director and Finance Coordinator. The Database Coordinator is defined as the Information Technology professional that oversees all aspects of the ANDAR database. This would include database architecture design through implementation, administration, monitoring, tuning, systems back-up, migration and support. View job posting...

Community responds to United Way’s plea – over $20,000 raised in 2 weeks

Posted: December 12, 2014 in Press Releases

Having announced a $40,000 shortfall on November 25th, the United Way is happy to announce that the community has stepped up to help. As of December 12th, the shortfall has shrunk to $20,000. Shortly after revealing the news of the shortfall, local businessman, Wayne Branchaud, challenged the community to follow his lead and step up for Brant United Way. The #StepUp4Brant appeal encouraged individuals to make their donation and spread the word on social media. Since launching the #StepUp4Brant challenge, over $20,000 of corporate and individual gifts has been donated to the local agency. Read more!

#StepUp4Brant !

Posted: December 2, 2014 in News
Last week the Brant United Way announced it is projecting a $40,000 shortfall for its campaign. The news was released and soon individuals and companies began to inquire about how they could help the community campaign. Among them was local businessman and volunteer, Wayne Branchaud.

Wayne Branchaud understands the rationale behind stepping up. At his company, Stepright Capital Planning he works to help individuals make sound decisions and strong plans for their financial stability. As a community volunteer, he knows that the United Way is helping over 18 local agencies and more than 60 programs to help children, families and individuals succeed. Without donors like him, he knows that the United Way may not be able to serve the over 45,000 people that they do annually. Wayne is hoping that you will join him this year to #StepUp4Brant.

On Wednesday, December 3rd, the United Way is launching a social media tool to help individuals and businesses spread the word that they have supported the campaign, and to challenge their friends and colleagues to do the same. This tool, a Facebook and Twitter cover photo, was designed by Paris, Ontario’s Slide Communications, and was created in an attempt to spread the word about the community campaign’s shortfall, and to encourage people to give a little more at this time of the year.

Our aim is to raise an additional $5,000 between December 3rd and December 14th. Will you #StepUp4Brant with us?

To #StepUp4Brant is simple:

  1. Make your donation to the United Way in-person, at work, or online at
  2. Download and change your Facebook and Twitter cover photos using the links at the bottom of this story of by visiting
  3. Between December 3rd and December 14th join the conversation. Share on social media and challenge your friends to make their donation using the hashtag #StepUp4Brant. Give where you live and help thousands in your own region.
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Want to spread the word, but aren’t sure where to start? Use one of the following stats or messages to share with your social media circles the work of the Brant United Way is so important to our community.

  • #Didyouknow the Brant United Way supports over 60 programs and services in our region? Read about them: #StepUp4Brant
  • #Didyouknow last year thanks in part to the United Way, 1,196,848 snacks were served to kids in our local schools? #StepUp4Brant with me and help the United Way!
  • #Didyouknow last year thanks in part to the United Way, 1,588 rides were given by volunteers to seniors in need of transportation? #StepUp4Brant with me and help the United Way!
  • #Didyoukow last year thanks in part to the United Way, thousands of pounds of food were purchased for our local foodbank? #StepUp4Brant with me and help the United Way!
  • I have donated! Join me and together we can make a difference #StepUp4Brant
  • Not really sure the impact of the United Way? See for yourself #StepUp4Brant

Connect with the Brant United Way on Facebook ( or on Twitter (

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year...

Posted: November 20, 2014 in News

The holiday season brings so much joy and cheer to so many people across the world. Days are filled with warm drinks, shopping trips, great deals and holiday cheer!

This time of year also brings reflection. How many things we are thankful for and things we get to look forward to. It should also be a time to give to those who may not be able to feel so joyful at this time of year.

Sharing with others is one way to bring joy to not just ourselves during the holidays but to others. Giving Tuesday is a national campaign that runs between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Between two of the most expensive shopping days of the year, take the time to give back to your community.

Be a part of the bigger change happening in Brantford, County of Brant and Six Nations. Give to the Brant United Way to support the community at large and see change happening throughout the year.

During this special day, just take a few moments and give back.

Donations can be made online at or by calling 519-752-7848.

A team effort for the community...

Posted: November 17, 2014 in News

Accomplishment [ac·com·plish·ment]; noun: something has been achieved successfully.

Accomplishment means so much more than just success. To our community accomplishment can go a long way. While we try and accomplish the job of supporting programs and services that better care for the people in Brantford, County of Brant and Six Nations of the Grand River, it depends on a lot of little successes along the way.

Did you know that there are well over 200 workplaces who run their own employee-driven campaigns from September to December? The commitment from these workplaces and the charitable nature of their employees helps United Way to continue to support programs and services locally.

Recently, there’s been a number companies whose dedication to their community has far exceeded what was thought possible this year.

Hartmann Canada makes egg cartons, at a rate of approximately 1.4 million per shift. Most of our families have used one of these products for actually bringing our eggs home from the store, or as a conduit to make a crafty caterpillar art piece in elementary school.

This year Hartmann stepped up to the plate by raising money for United Way that was significantly over their original goal. Led by their office staff and members of USW 1-500 their special events, employee donations, and corporate matching program saw them raise over $25,400.

Creativity was key for Hartmann Canada and USW 1-500 this year. Employees who submitted a completed pledge form enjoyed a free meal from the Dirty South food truck which was on site for all their shifts during a one day blitz. They held their own lotto 649 style game that ultimately led to increased staff participations and donations. We can’t say enough about the corporation itself which has a dollar for dollar matching program on all employee pledges. So many employees and management at Hartmann Canada got involved in this year’s campaign, making it a win-win for everyone!

This is a true success story. Hartmann Canada raised $25,400, an extra $9,000 over their goal. That money can now be invested into programs and services in our community. Funding that is raised locally, stays local and results in a positive impact our community. Again, a win-win for everyone.

Brant United Way would like to thank Hartmann Canada, Hartmann employees, USW 1-500 and the Hartmann Canada United Way Committee for their dedication, hard work and commitment to creating change in this community.

Change really does start here.


A company’s dedication to it’s community...

Posted: October 28, 2014 in News

Success: [suh k-ses]; the accomplishment of one's goals.

Success means so much more than that to our community. Success for the United Way means more support for programs and services and therefore better care for the people in Brantford, County of Brant and Six Nations of the Grand River.

Here at Brant United Way, there are many workplaces who run campaigns from September to December. The dedication and commitment from these workplaces helps United Way to continue to support the programs and services in the community.

Recently, there’s been a few companies whose dedication to their community has far exceeded what was thought possible for this year.

Union Gas has been involved with the Brant United Way for a number of years and this year they had a goal to reach $33,000. With both employee and corporate contributions, the Union Gas United Way committee decided that a full day seminar with 8 presentations from some of Brant United Way’s member agencies would be a great way to share the impact with employees.

Their idea proved successful. The full day presentations coincided with the day their online tool opened up for employees to donate – within the first few hours and a few presentations later, Union Gas donations were already sitting at $9,000.

To date, and with a few more events to go, Union Gas’ total from employee and corporate contributions has exceeded $37,000.

The success of this story is that they’ve raised an extra $4,000 that can be invested into programs and services and make a bigger impact on the community. Sharing the stories from the member agencies and people really recognizing the needs in our community made a significant impact in the employees’ willingness to give.

Brant United Way would like to thank Union Gas, Union Gas employees and the Union Gas United Way Committee for their dedication, hard work and commitment to creating change in this community.

Change really does start here.


Meet Odelia, the newest member of the United Way Loaned Representative Family

Posted: October 21, 2014 in News

The Loaned Representative program is an essential part of the Brant United Way Annual Campaign, providing a full time paid staff to the campaign team for the 16 weeks that the annual fundraising drive runs. This year’s loaned representative is Odelia Ho and she has been sponsored by Wilfrid Laurier University‘s Brantford campus. Originally from Hong Kong, Odelia is a third year Business and Computer Science student from Wilfrid Laurier University, and her placement is a part of the university’s co-operative education program. We are so happy to have her on our team at Brant United Way this fall.

Here’s Odelia’s story:

When I received the job offer it was easy for me to accept immediately, but not so easy for those around me to accept. Questions from ‘why are you going to work in a community you don’t live in’ to ‘why not something more suited to your study program’ which is a double degree of Business Administration and Computer Science.

My answer was easy . . . you only live once! I wanted to experience a city that was less populated than those I had lived in before, so I accepted it, moved to Brantford and my adventure began. While working at a non-profit organization was not my original plan, it initiated my thinking towards my career path in a different directions. When you know what you are doing is making an impact, it’s satisfying in a way that I had not experienced before from a job. It has changed my perspective on many things, and it has taught me that not everything should be quantified and assigned a dollar value. Sometimes things mean more than what we first think.

I have been able to tour member agencies and learn about what they provide to the community. I realize there are lots of people in Brantford, Brant County and Six Nations of the Grand that require support or help in one way or another. It is interesting in a way that you can’t see doing a regular desk job, you can see how the small act of giving can affect the lives of others.

As a Campaign Assistant I’ve also learned that the voice I give to what I have seen can also make a difference when I present to work places that support the campaign. As a student, you have limited opportunity to present to a variety of different people on a regular basis. Here I have an entire team on my side to help me craft my message, to use my voice to make change in the community. It has given me a chance to develop the skill of public speaking with a team behind me where I can rely on those who have been here before and done this as leaders for my future endeavours. From workplace to workplace, cabinet meetings, campaign team meetings, special events and more, what I have learned from this co-op opportunity is beyond what I had expected before.

“Community Means” has taken on a new meaning to me. I know what my community means to me but being able to ask those in Brant what it means to them with a piece of chalk and a chalkboard in hand has really shown me what it’s like to live here and belong. Never would I have thought that I would approaching random people to ask them to tell me something so personal, before this experience I would have been afraid of rejection or that people would not understand what I was asking of them. Now I love to ask them, to hear their answers, to have them tell me their stories, so I can use them when I head to another event, or to remind them that they live here and they should give here.

I have supported the campaign myself and feel good that not only my time, my efforts but also my donation will make a different. Our slogan is Change Starts Here and I see why. I have seen the best this community has to offer and I hope that in turn I have had something to offer back. I am thankful that Laurier has chosen me as a representative. I am sure what I have gained and learned so far from this co-op is beyond what I had expected. Thank you!

For more information about the Loaned Representative program and how to get involved, please visit: or connect with our interim Campaign Director, Lauren Theobalds 519-752-7848 ext 216

Volunteer Success Story: Meet Brian

Posted: September 18, 2014 in News

If you have been by 125 Morrell Street in the last few months you might have seen a few things that you don’t normally see in front of a regular office building. Budding vines, ripe red tomatoes, plump purple eggplants and usually a gardener with a few little helpers tagging along.

Meet Brian... gardener, giver, teacher, volunteer.

“It’s a way of giving back to a community without the huge splashy dollar figure,” he says in a quiet voice, he himself could never be called ‘splashy’ either but his spirit is unmistakably brilliant.

“My parents were actively involved in both the creation and operation of our rural community centre and I regularly helped with events.”

It set the expectation that you give back and Brian has not only at Brant United Way but for 20 years was an active Scouts Canada leader and now in retirement also in the housing co-op where he lives.

Brian will tell you that he picked the United Way because ‘it’s nationally known, the local office raises contributions and distributes everything within the community to agencies and groups that ultimately help our friends and neighbours.’

But as all great volunteers Brian wants to see something more in his community, and when asked if he could see one thing change what would be it he told us it would be to “ensure that every child from infant to late teens has an adequate and nutritious food supply to alleviate hunger. After all, a well fed body will lead to a well-developed mind, and a productive adult in our community.”

This shows particularly over the summer months when Brian has taken several neighbourhood boys under his wing to teach them about growing the garden, everything from the early weeding to feed, water, growth, and harvest. He has been a leader, a confidant and a steady adult figure over the last 4 months which has been amazing for the staff at the office to watch. You could say it’s a far cry from the almost 25 years he spent with CIBC working many positions including administration, consumer lending and small business accounts after which he didn’t stop but went on to building supply office, franchise ownership and customer sales/service in a phone call centre.

It’s often said that no good deed goes unnoticed and Brian is not unnoticed in our community.

“I find that volunteering gives me [as a single adult] a reason to be ‘out of the house’ on a regular basis. It allows me to keep the brain active, do some physical activities, and also get to meet other people within my immediate neighbours and the larger community. Many casual friendships have developed from being involved as a volunteer."

Brian is just one of the many volunteers who is a perfect reflection of the manta “change starts here”.

Brant United Way Unveils 2014 Campaign Goal

Posted: September 5, 2014 in News

On September 5th, 2014, Brant United Way launched their campaign at the Rotary Club of Brantford meeting at the Brantford Golf and Country Club. Campaign Chair, France Thibeault, announced the goal for the 2014 fundraising Campaign. The goal for this year is $1,651,000. The Brant United Way has a long-term commitment to our community. This year’s goal is a reflection of both the community need and the capacity of our local supporters.

“This campaign truly belongs to the individuals and organizations that rally around the United Way each year. It’s the epitome of a community-wide effort. Thanks to our donors, thousands receive assistance across Brantford, Brant County and Six Nations of the Grand River. With another successful campaign in 2014, we can ensure these supports are available for community members in the years to come. Change starts right here in our community – change starts with you.”

Brant United Way funding is working to create positive change for people in our neighbourhoods. Last year, over 41,500 people in Brantford, Brant County and Six Nations of the Grand River received help from a Brant Untied Way funded program.

Already the Brant United Way has benefitted from successful Giant Warehouse Sale and Hockey Night in Brantford events. The campaign kicks off today and our achievement will be announced on December 18th. Each year hundreds of volunteers and thousands of donors unite behind the annual United Way campaign to support the agencies and individuals who need our help. To find out more about how you can get involved in the campaign, please visit the fundraising page.

“Our course is clear, a united effort is needed.” Thibeault remarked, “Please join me in donating to the Brant United Way. Help make this Campaign a success.”

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Campaign is around the corner

Posted: September 3, 2014 in News

This week local students headed back to school, some with smiles, some with tears. From a young age we all learn that the fall is a time for new adventures, new challenges, and making new friends. After an amazing summer, it can sometimes be tricky to get back into the habits and routine of the fall, but once we realign, the familiarity of the fall can be a great place to be.

The past summer at Brant United Way has been very memorable. We celebrated two successful community events, launched a community garden, connected with more young professionals through GenNext, took groups on Seeing is Believing tours and more, all while preparing quietly for the fall. Not unlike students, the United Way team realigns in the fall, and almost immediately kicks into high gear.

Our Kick-off is Friday, September 5th, so stay tuned for more campaign updates, and to hear what goal we’ve set our sights on for 2014.

Join us this fall in embarking on new adventures, taking on new challenges and making new friends. We can’t wait to connect with you in the coming months.

Brant United Way thanks community volunteers with a Garden Party

Posted: August 21, 2014 in News

Earlier this May, Brant United Way planted a Community Garden out front of their building on Morrell Street. The garden was planted to serve as a support to the local community and to be able to provide some fresh produce to the local Food Bank.

“The garden exploded!” shares Kristin Pass, the great mind behind the idea. “We know that food security is an issue in Brantford and Brant County. We know there is a need for ‘community’ in our community. This garden represents both. It is a physical way for us to give back and to be a part of a solution.”

Now that August is here, the garden is bursting with fresh produce. Brant United Way brought together the many volunteers, donors, organizations and helping hands that it took to make this garden possible for a small celebration.

The Garden Party celebrated the success of the garden and honour the time and effort so many individuals have invested into it. Volunteers including the neighbourhood boys who watered the garden every day, the lead volunteer, Brian Law, who visits each day to harvest and make sure it’s healthy, volunteers from The Williamson Group who built the garden frame, and more will all join in the festivities. Maria’s Pizza will also made an appearance, donating a special United Way pizza in honour of the day.

Thank you to everyone who made this garden a success – you’ve truly helped us dig stronger roots in our community.

Hockey Night in Brantford a smashing success - $102,000 raised for Brant United Way and it’s Member Agencies!

Posted: August 18, 2014 in News

Now in it’s thrid year, Hockey Night in Brantford is a night of star-studded hockey and family fun. Led by local MP, Phil McColeman, and a team of dedicated volunteers, the event raised $102,000 for the Brant United Way.

Hockey Night in Brantford was a great success thanks to so many partners, sponsors, volunteers and community members who take the time to be a part of this annual event.

Kristin Pass, executive director for the Brant United Way, said the event brings together spectators from seniors to toddlers and is a wonderful example of volunteerism.

"It's also a really big fundraiser for our organization. An event like this adds to our overall success."

This year the event raised a grand total of $102,000. “The impact this is going to make in our community is substantial,” explains Pass.

The event’s success is thanks to many. Thank you to the following companies, groups and individuals, for their dedication and support to the event and to the community. Hockey Night in Brantford wouldn’t happen without you.


Phil McColeman, MP Brant and the constituency office staff.

2014 Hockey Night in Brantford Committee: Aad Vermeyden, Bob Coyne, Brent Percival, Brian Beattie, Dave Carrol, Jacqui Henry, Joel Doherty, Jeff McCormick, Kevin Murray, Kristin Pass, Teresa Percival, Sherri McElveny, Pat Shewchuk, Stan Worosz, Trish Schott, Trish Kings, Wilf Hogeveen, Phil McColeman, Scott Rex, Maxine Smitiuch

All of the participating Players, Coaches, Trainers and Referees: Adam Hernrique, Caitlin Wallace, Morgan Scoyne, Peter McKay, Rick Dykstra, Cameron Sault, Dan Gratton, Paul Polillo, Cory Conacher, Ric Nattress, Joel Wigle, Ben Lobb, Brandon Montour, Drew MacIntyre, Phil McColeman, Zac Dalpe, Ben Dalpe, Sammy Simms, Sarah Dagg, Patrick Brown, Steve Paikin, Randy Rowe, Matt Garbowsky, Gord Browm, Guy Polillo, Mike Bullard, Mathieu Henderson, Brandon Nolan, Paolo Sacilotto, Wes St. Amand, Jenesica Drinkwater, Phil McColeman, Scott Rex, Stan Worosz, Walter Gretzky, Joe Stefan, Bill Pristanski, Tom Rotchil, Mark Dumesnil, Ken Crabb Sr., Ken Crabb Jr., Larry DeVuyst, Jen Giroux, Gary Crawford, & Andrew Rose.

Title Sponsor: Walton Development

Platinum Sponsors: Patriot Forge. Millards Chartered Accountants. Gold Sponsors: RBC. Air Canada. The Expositor. The Brant News. Wacky Wings. Bell Canada. Rocky Mountaineer. West Jet.

Silver Sponsors: Lyan Photography. Davis Fuels. Blueprint Agencies. OLG. MTE Engineering. Archaeological Services Inc. Rogers. Neziol Insurance Group. Genworth Canada. Culligan. Lynden Road Canadian Tire. Scotiabank. Via Rail. Mike Yarek Dodge Chrysler Limited. TD Canada Trust. Zamboni. Telus.

GenNext Brant – Their PopUp Volunteering station with temporary tattoos was a hit with kids of all ages.

Thank you to everyone who helped with the event – volunteering, selling raffle tickets, sponsoring, or spreading the word. Thanks to your hard work, Hockey Night in Brantford has raised $102,000 to help the community. Change starts with each and every one of you. Change starts here.

For more information on Hockey Night in Brantford, visit the event website at

Brant United Way Announces Executive Director Change

Board President, Nancy Magee, announced today that Brant United Way will have a change in staff leadership with Sherry Haines becoming Executive Director as of August 18, 2014. Sherry has experience both volunteering and working in the not-for-profit sector including two previous positions as an Executive Director. In her most recent role as Community Development Coordinator for the City of Brantford, she managed the Child Poverty portfolio and was involved in a number of research projects and initiatives involving key community issues. For most of her career Sherry has worked in Brantford and has many ties to our community.

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2014 Campaign Cabinet is off and running!

Posted: June 16, 2014 in News

You may not be thinking about the annual Brant United Way campaign yet, but our team of dedicated Campaign Cabinet volunteers have been working together since April to prepare for the fall. The Campaign Cabinet is a group of dedicated and passionate citizens who are volunteering behind the scenes each year to ensure a successful campaign. Their efforts are what ensure that vital community programs continue to receive the funding they need to do the good work they do each year. The 2014 Cabinet will be led by France Thibeault, Branch Manager at RBC King George Rd.

Thank you to our dedicated team of volunteers – your hard work will be felt by many in our community!

Campaign Chair France Thibeault
RBC Royal Bank
Leadership Giving Chair Stephanie Hermans
Waterous Holden Amey Hitchon LLP, Brantford
Public Service Chair Larry Brock
Crown Attorney`s Office
Commerce & Finance Co-chair Martha DeProsperis
BMO Bank of Montreal
Commerce & Finance Co-chair John O'Leary
Sun Life Financial
Mid-Size Industry Chair Don Reynolds
Reynolds Custom Machine
Business Chair Sharon Johnston
Union Gas
Large Industry Chair David Johnston
County of Brant
Education Co-chair (Public) Shayne Mann
Brantford Collegiate Institute
Education Co-chair (Catholic) Leslie Telfer
Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board
Education Co-chair (Post-Sec) Brian Rosborough
Laurier Brantford
Member Agency Co-chair Jo-Anne Link
Brantwood Community Services
Prospecting Co-Chair Ted Salisbury
City of Brantford
Prospecting Co-Chair John Utley
City Council
Union Chair Bob Sproul
Brantford Professional Firefighters Association

2014 Ontario Volunteer Service Awards

Posted: May 29, 2014 in News

Just ahead of National Volunteer Week, On April 3, 2014, volunteers in our community were celebrated at the 2014 Ontario Volunteer Service Awards. Our local MPP Dave Levac was at the event and spoke from the heart about the wonderful impact of volunteers in our community. To paraphrase, he said that volunteering is love.

Brant United Way was pleased to nominate six volunteers for their continued service to Brant United Way.

  • John Frabotta, Board of Directors, 5 years of service
  • Brian Law, office volunteer, 5 years of service
  • Jim Nobes, Allocations, 5 years of service
  • Gary Potts, Employee Campaign Coordinator, 10 years of service
  • Fred Reitsma, Board of Directors, 5 years of service
  • John Utley, Campaign Cabinet, 5 years of service

Brant United Way is a volunteer-led organization. Volunteers are critical to the work we do. We thank these outstanding volunteers for their commitment to our organizations. In addition, we thank all of the other volunteers who weren't recognized. They passionately give their time and talents, and we are a stronger organization for that.

The Return of Hockey Night in Brantford for 2014

Posted: April 25, 2014 in Press Releases

Brant MP Phil McColeman today was joined by sponsors, partners and volunteers to unveil exciting news for local hockey fans and community organizations supported by the Brant United Way – the August 13, 2014 return of Hockey Night in Brantford. "Hockey Night in Brantford has been a tremendous success right from its inception" said MP McColeman. "Our sponsors and volunteers have returned this year bursting with energy and new ideas. That means fans can once again expect exciting new twists and additions to this year's festivities."

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The GIANT has a new home!

Posted: April 9, 2014 in Press Releases

Brant United Way Warehouse Sale Secures NEW location

Mark your calendars because the GIANT is back! Once again, bargain shoppers will be able to take advantage of hugely discounted prices on cleaning products, clothing, confectionaries and more at the 12th Annual Brant United Way GIANT Warehouse Sale. The event takes place at its new location – 50 Craig Street – on Saturday, June 7 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local companies kindly donate all product sold at the event, and all proceeds support the Brant United Way and its Member Agencies.

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Posted: April 9, 2014 in News

Brant United Way announces new investments

Thank you to our generous donors who annually support the Brant United Way and the social service programs we support and that make our community stronger!

As you know, the 2013 Campaign was another success and this is only possible because of the support of our loyal donors, volunteers and supporters.

We are proud to let you know that our volunteer Allocations Committee, led by Chair Jim Nobes are now finished their reviews and have made their recommendations for funding that have been approved by our Board. The review process is quite intense and volunteers review all materials carefully and make careful decisions on how best to invest the donations we are entrusted with. If you are interested in joining this team, please e-mail

This year we were able to maintain our funding commitments to our 18 Member Agencies who are in a three-year funding cycle. In addition, funding was made available to other groups in the community with the Community Impact Grants, one-time funds that are only guaranteed for one year. In the Community Impact steam, 20 grants were made to local programs, totaling $141,000 invested. These decisions were difficult, as requests received totalled $427,000. Have a look at this list of programs, so you can get a sense of the different programs that you helped to fund.

Some highlights include:

  • After Hours Peer Support , for adults living with mental illness
  • Eagle Place Education Program for Youth
  • Soup for the Soul Meal Program

Brant United Way's mission is to increase the level of assistance to a broader number of recipients, to satisfy growing community needs. The Community Impact Grants are a great way for us to be able to do this. As well, they are welcomed by community agencies, who are always looking for funding to be able to offer programs to people in need.

Thank you for your support. This wouldn't be possible without you, our donors. Together, we are making a difference in our community. We are investing in programs that are helping our citizens in their time of need, but also funding preventative programs, to make sure we help kids and families thrive. Thank you for being a part of this.

Brant United Way succeeds once again for the benefit of the community!

Posted: December 20, 2013 in Press Releases

Thanks to the hard work of over 200 volunteers and the incredible generosity of individual and corporate donors, the Brant United Way announced another successful achievement. The campaign brought in a total of $1,651,187, just $187 dollars over the campaign goal.

"We are thankful to our many loyal supporters and new ones who supported the campaign. This one was hard fought, but thanks to everyone pulling together we made it. ," Said Mary Palka, Campaign Director for Brant United Way. "I am very proud of our team and this community for what they have accomplished together. 7 years in a row is an incredible feat!"

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GenNext & Brant United Way

Posted: October 30, 2013 in GenNext

GenNext is working with Brant United Way and its community partners to get people in their 20s and 30s engaged in our community through volunteering, giving and action. We want to generate awareness and knowledge about social issues in Brantford, Brant County and Six Nations of the Grand River and link young adults in our community to the issues important to them.

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Brant County OPP Community BBQ

Thursday, September 5th, 10:00am to 2:00pm

The Brant County OPP are kicking off their United Way Campaign with a bang! Join them at Lions Park in Paris, Ontario for a community BBQ with delicious food prepared by Strodes BBQ & Deli.

The public is welcome to attend this event, along with community organizations who often work with police services in the area. Come on out on September 5th between 10:00 am – 2:00 pm for a great community cause.

Proceeds from the event will support the 2013 Brant United Way campaign. Every donation will make a difference. The only requirement is your business card for door prizes and $5.00 for food and a drink. Pulled Pork sandwiches and burgers will be prepared and served by Strodes of Brantford.

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OLG Casino Brantford Food Truck Day for United Way

Friday, September 27th, October 4 and October 11, 11:00am to 3:00pm

The OLG Casino Brantford employees are carting in a famous Food Truck in support of United Way. Rome 'n Chariot from Toronto are heading to Brantford to sell their amazing treats. 10% of sales will go to the Brant United Way campaign. Rome 'n Chariot were recently featured on the Food Network show Eat St. check them out here.

The public is welcome. The event will be held in the OLG Casino Brantford Parking Lot.

Hockey Night in Brantford Raises $100,000 Brant United Way!

August 15, 2013

Whether it was fan turnout, the amount of money raised for Brant United Way, or the stars past and present who laced up for the game, Hockey Night in Brantford II exceeded last year's debut edition.

Thanks to a successful first year in 2012, which created a major leap in corporate and individual sponsors and an inspired United Way organizing team, this year's edition raised $100,000.

That's a major leap from $70,000 raised last year.

"Year two has been a lot of fun," Phil McColeman, Brant MP and the inspiration for Hockey Night in Brantford.

Read the Brantford Expositor article here!

Paul Oddi wins the Chair's Award of Distinction at the 2013 United Way Centraide Canada National Conference

June 5, 2013

At the 2013 United Way Centraide Canada National Conference (May 29-31,2013), the exemplary efforts of United Way Centraide staff and volunteers across Canada were recognized through the presentation of National Recognition Awards.

The Chair's Award of Distinction is awarded to volunteers who have demonstrated sustained dedication to the Movement and values such as: leadership, volunteerism, inclusivity, community engagement, commitment and respect, the 2013 Chair's Award of Distinction was presented to four recipients, including Paul Oddi, Board President, Brant United Way.

During Paul Oddi's involvement with Brant United Way, Paul demonstrated unwavering leadership, with major achievements as the re-establishment of the partnership between United Way and Labour, and campaign targets consistently being met since 2008. Paul believes in his community and the people in it, and he has dedicated many personal hours toward the betterment of the Brant-Brantford community. He is the current President of the Brant United Way and was also a past United Way Campaign Chair and Allocations volunteer. Paul's selfless dedication to the community has earned him the respect of many.

Several Brant United Way staff members were in attendance, as well as Nancy Magee, Vice President, Brant United Way Board, to watch Paul accept his award.

Congratulations Paul! We were so proud to see you honoured in this way at the National level of our movement. Thanks for all you have done for Brant United Way!

Brant United Way Announces Investments

March 27, 2013

Brant United Way is pleased to announce its investments in social service programs in our community. The donations made by the citizens of Brantford and Brant County in the 2012 Brant United Way Campaign are invested locally to help change lives.

The mission is to increase the level of assistance to a broader number of recipients, to satisfy growing community needs. This year Brant United Way was able to do that. The success of the annual Campaign in 2012 allowed Brant United Way to maintain its funding commitment to its current 18 Member Agencies who are in a three-year funding cycle (2012 moved to 3-year funding cycle for Member Agencies).

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For a complete listing of our 2013 Member Agencies and Funded Programs, click here.

For a detailed summary of the 2013 Community Impact Grants, click here.

2012 Brant United Way Achievement Video

December 11, 2012