Forty-nine years ago, the Centenary Pastoral Charge, which includes the United churches of Parham, Maberly and Sharbot Lake, was founded in Centennial year 1967. On Sun. June 26, they will celebrate their anniversary at a shared service at Parham United Church with guest leader, soon-to-be-Rev. Sarah Magie, at 11am, and all are welcome. The sister church at Sharbot Lake will be closed for that one Sunday so that both churches can celebrate their anniversary together and welcome back Sarah, who served there some years ago.
Sarah, who completed her Master of Divinity at Queen's University in December of 2014, is a chaplaincy student in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and her spouse, James Rodgers, is an artillery officer in the CAF. They live in Oromocto, New Brunswick and have a daughter, Emma, who is one and a half years old.
Everyone is welcome to the special anniversary service Sun. June 26 at Parham United Church at 11am. There will be a pot-luck lunch following, with meat provided so please, if you are able, bring salads, pickles, fruit and cheese trays, desserts. Come and renew acquaintance with Sarah, worship God and visit friends and neighbours.
A full house of pasta lovers jammed into the Maples restaurant in Sharbot Lake for the annual United Way Spaghetti dinner fundraiser. The event, which is a collaboration between The Maples restaurant and Northern Frontenac Community Services, included a three course meal of Caesar salad, spaghetti and a wide selection of home-made desserts. Funds raised at help the local community by supporting two departments at NFCS that receive support from the United Way - the family counseling and the organization's youth services. Don Amos, who was one of the many NFCS staff serving at the dinner, said the event is a great opportunity for NFCS and the community at large to give back to the United Way. He said it gets great support from the local community and thanked the owners of The Maples, who put on the event year after year and the members of the community who so loyally come out to show their support for the United Way.
The Kingston Frontenac Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) United Way has a strong public profile in the City of Kingston. Its local board is chock full of business and institutional leaders in the city, with representatives from the top echelons of Queen's University, the school boards, INVISTA, Empire Life, RBC, BMO Nesbitt Burns, etc.
Yet the United Way is devoted to supporting people on the other end of the social spectrum. Support for youth at risk, combating homelessness, and poverty reduction are all major focuses for the $3 million that the KFL&A United Way expects to spend in 2014.
And although its fundraising efforts are also focused in the City of Kingston, the United Way is committed to supporting individuals and communities in the rural corners of Frontenac and Lennox and Addington County.
They do that in two ways, according to United Way Executive Director Bhavana Varma.
“Some of our programs are broad-based, covering the entire region, such as the support we provide for the CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) and to the Food Sharing Program, which covers all 96 schools in the region. The Success by Six program for young children is also active throughout the region.
“We also partner with agencies that are based in the rural communities. We use their lens to look at the needs and come up with solutions. Our agencies are wonderful partners in recognizing and reminding us that the needs are different in rural areas,” she said.
It is the community service agencies in Frontenac County (Northern Frontenac Community Services (NFCS) and Southern Frontenac Community Services – (SFCS)) that receive most of the project and ongoing funding from the United Way.
Among the services that the United Way contributes to at NFCS is the family counselling service, which provides free counselling for families in North and Central Frontenac and parts of South Frontenac. The service is available for families undergoing a variety of stresses, including mental health, financial, bereavement and more.
“They (NFCS) operate that program in a different way than an urban agency would. The people they service and the geography make it necessary for that service to come into the home a lot of the time. This is something they understand because they know the needs of their community. What we in turn require from them is ongoing monitoring of the service. They provide us with the kind of data we need to ensure the money we raise from the community is well spent. In that sense all of the partners we work with are the same, rural or urban,” said Varma.
The United Way also provides ongoing support for the NFCS Youth program, which has been ramping up over the last few years.
“There are so many opportunities for youth in the city, and so few in rural communities, and being able to encourage Northern Frontenac to have a program for youth is important to us,” said Bhavana Varma.
The relationship between the United Way and NFCS is a two-way street. NFCS has joined the employee United Way fundraising campaign, and has organized public fundraising events as well to support the annual United Way campaign. A bingo is scheduled for the Oso Hall in Sharbot Lake tonight, November 7, and a spaghetti dinner is set for November 28 at the Maples Restaurant (see Northern Happenings for details).
Southern Frontenac Community Services has been developing their relationship with the United Way in recent years, and received funding to help supplement their community support services for seniors' programs that are also funded by the Ministry of Health.
“There is an ever increasing demand for community supports in South Frontenac,” said David Townsend, the Chief Executive Officer of SFCS, “and the United Way has helped us respond to that demand.
For 2014, Townsend said SFCS is “trying to be more specific in quantifying and qualifying where the need really is” when applying for United Way support.
One program in particular, the Adult Day Program for the frail elderly, now has a total of 43 participants and SFCS only receives ministry funding for 32.
“We are hoping the United Way can help us to bridge that gap, because using wait lists for programs for the frail elderly is not something we are prepared to accept,” said Townsend, who is also applying to South Frontenac Township to support the Day Away Program.
The United Way KFL&A’s annual fundraising campaign is now entering its home stretch; $2.53 million has been raised thus far and the goal of $3.4 million is within reach.
“Eighty-three percent of the money we raise is through workplace campaigns,” said Bhavana Varma, “and the rest from fundraising events. Of the money we raise 12% goes to administration, which is quite a low number compared to other charitable organisations.”
The United Way fundraising campaign runs until the end of November.
As summer quickly approaches and the weather begins to warm up, many new things are in bloom. This free event, sponsored by Northern Frontenac Community Services, is one of the ways to welcome this warm time of the year.
The Great Outdoor Adventure will be held on Saturday June 15, from 11am until 1pm, at St. James Major Catholic Church Hall/Parking lot. There will be a cash canteen that will be selling plenty of snacks and beverages. Tons of free activities will be going on throughout the event, including a children’s entertainer, face painting, kids’ crafts, soccer shot, a petting zoo, mini golf and our new nature walk and Aboriginal craft time with Marcie Webster!
The Great Outdoor Adventure is a wonderful opportunity to come out with your friends and family and spend some quality time outdoors and enjoy this beautiful weather. There is something for everyone to do, and what better way to do it than in the sun. Join us for a fun-filled day, grab a bite to eat and enjoy all of the entertainment and activities at the Great Outdoor Adventure!
Also on site this year will be our 2nd annual United Way Yard Sale. The yard sale will run at the same time and location as the Great Outdoor Adventure. Currently we are looking for donations of gently used items from the public to assist us with the yard sale. All items can be dropped off at the Child Centre, 1004 Art Duffy Road, up to Thursday, June 13. All proceeds from the sale will go towards our United Way campaign this year.
Please join us for these two great events, fun and games for the community along with a great yard sale.