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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A Dinner to Remember

From the United Way Windsor-Essex:

Canadian Mental Health Association is hosting its “Dinner to Remember” on April 3rd at 5:30pm at the Ciociaro Club of Windsor.  A promotional flyer is attached with further information. 

Help Break a Guinness World Record!


See an email I received below from a west-end resident:

Everyone is Welcome!!
Please Help in the Guinness World Record Attempt with the Windsor and Essex County Autism Community
Sunday March 30th
at 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Mic Mac Park
Prince Rd
Guinness needs everyone to wear Blue,
Autism Awareness Blue is about the colour of this text!!
The Windsor and Essex County Autism Community would like to invite you to participate in a Guinness World Record Breaking Attempt. We will attempt to gather as many people as we can in the parking lot at Mic Mac Park on Sunday March 30 at 4:00pm.
We will stand in the shape of a "human puzzle piece" to raise autism awareness. 
 The current record is held by a group of 250 people, so we need to have
 at LEAST that many, although we are shooting for many more. 
Please invite your family, friends, coworkers, dog walkers, bank tellers, and anyone else you can think of, and share the heck out of this event!

Olde Sandwich Towne Documentary


I apologize for the last minute post. Students from the University of Windsor are showcasing a documentary on Sandwich Towne tonight at Mackenzie Hall. I will be at a committee meeting and may not be able to attend, but if you have time, go check it out. See the flyer below.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

To all Volunteers, Residents and Stakeholders: Thank You!


I just want to extend my thanks to all of the volunteers, residents and stakeholders who have helped and continue to help with our grassroots initiatives. It can't be said often enough: our work cannot be possible without you. 

Please continue sharing information relevant to the west-end community and to the residents who live here. The more dialogue, the better.

Lastly, thank you for being leaders in your neighbourhood. We live in a great community and we have a lot to be proud of. 

Happy St. Paddy's Day! 


Volunteer Help Needed for St. Paddy's Day Festivities in Olde Sandwich Towne



Happy St. Paddy's Day! Sandwich Street will be closed from the Dominion House to Rock Bottom's, today and tomorrow, for the festivities. If you choose to celebrate, please drink responsibly.

Please see an email I received from the West End Crawlers. 

"Hey guys!
  I wondered if you could pass on that West End Crawlers is looking for volunteers to work 
3 hour shifts at the gates of The Irish Quarter in Olde Sandwich Towne tomorrow and Monday? They can call/text me their available hours at 519 903 6382 or send an email to WestEndCrawlers@gmail.com

Sunday: 11am-11pm and Monday 3:30pm-11pm."

Cuddles Clothing for Kids Launches New Website

Check it out: cuddlesclothingforkids.org

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Cuddles Clothing for Kids - A great asset to the west-end community


I had the privilege of meeting Amy Johnson, the founder of Cuddles Clothing for Kids located at St. Mark's church on Campbell and Tecumseh Rd. W. Her story is truly incredible. The Windsor Star featured Amy in early January. If you haven't read it yet, here it is: A law student and mother of six pays it forward

Amy took me for a tour of the facility and showed me all of the stock they have available for kids of all ages. They provide free clothing for children and youth up to 18 years old.

Please spread the word about Cuddles Clothing for Kids and help support this much needed community service.


Sandwich IDA Pharmacy Blood Lab Grand Opening


I received the following email below from the manager at the Sandwich IDA Lab on Sandwich Street. All are welcome to attend. 

"Hello Fabio,
How are you?
I will be having a Grand Opening Celebration for the Sandwich Lab on March 24, 2014 @11:00.  I would love it, if you could come.  We will be doing the Ribbon Cutting ceremony @ 11:00am.


Let's Dream Together

The newsletter below is from the United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County: 

Dear Community Partner:

We are very excited to announce that United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County is once again engaging the public in helping to choose our investment priorities for the next five years.

To date we have spoken to almost 750 people about their needs and dreams for our community.  Based on that feedback, we have created a survey.  This survey asks the community to rank a series of goal statements.  These rankings, along with our own research will be used to determine where United Way will focus its resources from 2015 to 2020.

Back in 2009, you may have assisted us with promoting the survey to your networks and/or staff.  As a result, a resounding 3,000 people gave us feedback.  We are asking for your help in distributing the link to www.TOGETHERWEDREAM.CA.  The online survey found on this website, will be officially active February 27-March 13, 2014. 

The survey is anonymous and it takes about five minutes to complete.  Respondents will be given the option to provide some demographic information in order for us to insure we reach a broad cross section of Windsor-Essex residents. 

We ask you to do any or all of the following to help us promote the survey:

1. Forward an email to your community networks and partners asking them to promote the online survey.  In order to assist with your communications, we have drafted a sample email (below) that you might consider using. 
2. Set up a computer terminal where your clients, staff, or the public can take the online survey.  Put up a sign asking people to complete the survey.
3. Promote the website/survey link through Facebook and your other Social Media channels.
4. Direct people to call 211 where an operator can conduct the survey over the phone, or provide multi-lingual services to complete the survey.
5. If a paper survey would be more appropriate for your constituents, please contact kbrady@weareunited.com as soon as possible.

If you require any additional information, please contact Karen Brady, Manager, Community Impact at 519-258-0000 ext. 1213 or kbrady@weareunited.com.

Thank you for your assistance. 

Lorraine Goddard
Interim CEO
United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County


Please consider distributing this email starting on February 27, 2014. 

Cut and paste the following:

Subject:  United Way wants to hear from you.

Dear friends and colleagues

United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County is asking the community to help choose its investment priorities for the next five years.

Between February 27 and March 13, 2014, please visit www.togetherwedream.ca and take the anonymous 5 minute survey.  Let your voice be heard.

We would also appreciate it if you would forward this email to your network of contacts, or promote the survey link through your social media channels.

United Way’s mission is to make Windsor-Essex a better place to live by mobilizing people, resources, and the caring power of our community to create lasting, positive change.

Based on extensive public outreach over the last several months, United Way has developed several possible goals which will benefit the most vulnerable members of our community.  By completing the TOGETHER WE DREAM anonymous online survey, you can give United Way valuable feedback about which of these goals is important to you.

All the money United Way raises in Windsor-Essex County stays in Windsor-Essex County.  Over the last five years, United Way has invested over $20 million dollars in programs and services designed to create lasting social change.  For more information about our efforts to create lasting social change, you can also visit www.weareunited.com.


United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County