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September marked the beginning of our 2018 Campaign. The season began with our first ever Stuff the Bus school supplies campaign. Donated school supplies filled our bright yellow school bus boxes located in our partner stores: Superstore (Simcoe), Zehrs (Caledonia) and Giant Tiger (Hagersville and Dunnville). 

With the help of generous community members from across Norfolk and Haldimand we were able to collect over 8,000 items for kids in need. Delivering the knapsacks full of supplies was an experience we will never forget. We look forward to collecting even more next year. Thank you for your generous giving.

“We are blown away by the generosity of our local communities through the United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk Stuff the Bus campaign!!! Your donations will help so many students though the year. Thank you to Valley Heights Secondary School”

On September 12, we hosted our second annual Jail & Bail event in Simcoe and Cayuga. The day was full of fun, creative crimes and lots of bail money raised for a good cause. Some of our criminals received bribes from coworkers to stay in jail long after their bail had been reached. What a great opportunity to have some fun with your coworkers! 

With the help of our willing jailbirds and those who posted their bail and bribes we were able to raise over $11,000. 

A special thanks goes to the following donors: McDonald’s (Simcoe), and Tim Hortons (Cayuga) for coffee, Domino’s Pizza (Simcoe) for pizza, Shelly’s Family Dining & Catering (Cayuga) for cake, OPP Haldimand & Norfolk for their time and fingerprinting skills, Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show (jail cell – Norfolk), Touch of Haven (jail cell – Haldimand), Community Addiction and Mental Health Services of Haldimand and Norfolk (Photos & Presentation), Adam Veri (Logo design), Foodland Cayuga (use of their parking lot), and Turkstra Lumber Simcoe (tent).

Our campaign goal this year is $375,000. With your help we currently support 12 agencies and over 12,500 people who use their services. With your generous giving we would like to be able to support more of those agencies who are on the front lines in this community, providing hope to children, adults and families in need. Together, we can all make a difference in the lives of our neighbours.

Donations can be made to United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk by calling 519-426-5660 or online at www.unitedwayhn.on.ca. Make a difference in your community by donating today; what we raise here stays here!