Unions and United Way are making waves
United Way and Stó:lō Nation making trails in the Fraser Valley
United Way identified isolation as a concern impacting youth prior to the pandemic, and now it has become a critical issue. A summer project that we’ve been running with several partners, including Stó:lō Nation and Chilliwack Park Society, has been building and maintaining trails on the traditional and unceded territories of the Stó:lō Nation.
The trail crew, which includes Indigenous youth, are rceiving guidance from more than a dozen local mentors while also themselves mentoring small groups of local Indigenous youth. This includes members of the Stó:lō-run Mémiyelhtel program, which means “to help others be well” in Halq’eméylem. This has included running a mountain biking clinic so that youth can enjoy the trails they are working to restore and safely stay connected to each other.
“Having the opportunity to collaborate with United Way and the Chilliwack Park Society, we are able to have yet another opportunity to safely spend time together, give back to our community, and further the biking component for youth in our program,” says Breanna Miller, Youth Services Manager at Stó:lō Service Agency. “We hope there will also be opportunities to incorporate cultural and land-based teachings.”
Get outside and support United Way with ClimbUp!
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United Way’s fundraising is about to launch in dozens of unionized workplaces around the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley. Your donations make all of the work that United Way does in community possible (and you can see some of the recent impact in our Annual Report). As always donations help support programs that serve the immediate needs of our vulnerable neighbours, but this year they also provide continued support to families and individuals who have been most deeply impacted by COVID-19.
For 2020 we have a new virtual fundraising event that anybody can take part in, regardless of where you work. It’s called ClimbUP! For ten days in September and October, we’re encouraging people to get out to hike, run, or walk through their local trails or neighbourhood. This special fundraiser helps keep us active, engaged, and gets us outside – and it’s easier than ever to get your friends and family involved. Sign up today!
Labour Appreciation Night: Change of Date
Our 27th Annual Labour Appreciation Night is fast approaching its virtual debut, and we want you to be ready to join us in the celebration. The local Labour Councils are all finalizing their recipients, and its going to be a virtual exceptional event. But we’ve had to change the date to accommodate one of the award recipients (we hope you don’t mind!).
Date: December 3, 2020
We’re planning a virtual mingling, workshopping, and an inspiring discussion about the work the labour movement and activists can do to support our community during a pandemic. Look for details on how to attend coming out soon, along with the full list of award recipients.
United Way’s Period Promise campaign delivers, again!
COVID-19 has made it clear that supports for those who experience period poverty are fragile, and people who menstruate are more likely to live in newfound precarity. United Way’s Period Promise campaign, presented by Pacific Blue Cross, is committed to helping our communities get through the crisis. Because of your support, United Way has provided more than 35 community agencies in the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, Sunshine Coast, and Sea to Sky Corridor with more than 250,000 tampons, pads, reusable underwear, menstrual cups, and much more.
This is thanks to donors and partners who have helped us out. Of course, more is needed. Make a donation so that we can continue to get products into our community.
Thank you to the MoveUP Women’s Committee, who joined United Way staff for an afternoon of sorting menstrual products into packages so that they could get out into dozens of community organizations, and UFCW 1518 and BCGEU members for helping deliver these packages.