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New Regional United Way Takes Shape - Timmins

Today, United Way Centraide Sudbury and/et Nipissing Districts announced that it will expand its territory to include the Cochrane and Timiskaming districts effective April 1, 2017. This decision was made jointly between United Way Centraide Sudbury and/et Nipissing Districts and United Way Cochrane-Timiskaming to ensure a sustainable presence and achieve greater impact within the community. The change will transform United Way Centraide Sudbury and/et Nipissing Districts into a regional organization serving a vast geographic area encompassing the districts of Cochrane, Greater Sudbury, Nipissing, Parry Sound, SudburyManitoulin, and Timiskaming. This regional transformation will not change United Way’s local commitment to ensure that money raised locally stays local.

Executive Director of United Way Centraide Sudbury and/et Nipissing Districts, Michael Cullen, discussed the shared vision and mandate of the two long-standing United Ways as the foundation for this decision. He asserted that both organizations support the same community priorities and are committed to improving lives locally: “We will continue building on the principles people value most about United Way by working to ensure that children and youth get the best start in life, to ease the burden for struggling families, and to create opportunities for those who need a job, a meal or simply a chance for a fresh start.”

Jean Warren, Executive Director of United Way Cochrane-Timiskaming, said the local board had been discussing this possibility since last June. The move towards United Ways working more formally together is “something that is happening right across the country, especially with smaller United Ways but even with larger ones,” explained Warren.

United Way will be working closely with stakeholders to develop goals for the new region that will address community needs at a local level. A reduction in operating costs and streamlining of internal processes will also result in more funds available to support local programs and services. Additionally, individuals and families living in the Cochrane-Timiskaming districts will benefit from current United Way programs such as the 211 social service helpline and website that provides information on and referrals to Ontario’s community, social, health-related and government services quickly and easily, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

“On behalf of the City of Timmins we look forward to being a part of this integrated United Way,” said Timmins Mayor, Steve Black. “A new model of efficiency and sustainability that will allow the United Way to continue to provide the valuable service they have to Timmins and throughout the North."

Ashley Thomson, President of the United Way Centraide Sudbury and/et Nipissing Districts’ Board of Directors stated, “Moving forward, we will operate as a regional organization and maintain a strong local presence in the communities we serve. We understand how important local support is to our donors, stakeholders and partner agencies, and regionalizing our efforts will not affect this process; we will ensure that monies raised within Sudbury and Nipissing as well as the Cochrane-Timiskaming districts continue to stay within those communities to support local programs and services.”

“The people of Timmins have a history of generosity,” said Brian Marks, Chief Administrative Officer of the Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board. “It is good to know that United Way will continue to channel that generosity and serve the many associations and agencies upon which so many depend.” Don Studholme, Chief Administrative Officer of the District of Timiskaming Social Services Administration Board adds: “We look forward to working with the new regional United Way model.”

The new regional organization will have a single board of directors that will seek community representation. Local staff will remain in Timmins and all funding commitments in CochraneTimiskaming will be honoured and maintained during the transition period.

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