Be a part of something bigger

Earlier this month we celebrated National Volunteer Week.

It is estimated that almost 8 million people across Ontario are actively volunteering in their community. By lending support to charities like your United Way, volunteers are the backbone of the not-for-profit sector.

They provide governance and oversight at our board tables.

They help raise funds to put our mission and vision into action.

They deliver frontline supports and services for the people who need it most.

On behalf of all the charities and not-for-profit organizations doing good work across our region, please join me in thanking the thousands of individuals who give of their time and talent in support of causes near and dear to their heart.

Whether it be by coaching kids’ sports team, serving as a board member of a charity, or helping out at your local food bank, by volunteering, YOU are building a stronger Simcoe Muskoka for everyone.

If you are interested in a meaningful volunteer experience, your United Way is seeking new members to join our Board of Directors. If this is of interest to you, please visit our website for more information.

Thank you.

Together, we are making a difference. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Real2Reel Film Festival

United Way Simcoe Muskoka is excited to announce the second film of our four-part Real2Reel Documentary Film Festival. Real2Reel is a purpose-driven event addressing complex societal issues such as poverty, substance disorders, human trafficking, and social inclusion. Real2Reel is generously presented by Enbridge and RBC Foundation. This June, our second documentary film will be screened in Bracebridge.

About the film: 
Traffick on 401 explores the sex trafficking world in Ontario and Michigan by speaking to a survivor, the Windsor Police Service, and advocates. Victoria Morrison, a sex trafficking survivor, tells us her story of what she went through for three months with her trafficker in Winnipeg, Canada. Following the screening we will have a panel discussion to further unpack this serious issue with local experts and advocates to highlight local needs and resources.

Date and Time: Thursday, June 6 · 6:30 – 9:30pm EDT

Location: Theatre Muskoka, 100 Clearbrook Trail Bracebridge, ON P1L 0A3

Purchase tickets here

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OPP celebration

The People and Partners Behind United Way Simcoe Muskoka

We want to say a heartfelt thank you to the Ontario Provincial Police for their unwavering partnership and support. The positive impact on our communities is deeply intertwined with the dedicated support and collaborative efforts of the OPP. From General Headquarters to regional leads and detachments, the enthusiasm and close collaboration have been instrumental in planning, organizing, and executing engaging workplace campaigns that foster a spirit of giving. Together, we celebrate raising an impressive $500,000 since 2010, a testament to the collective impact we achieve through unity and shared commitment. Our heartfelt gratitude goes to the OPP for their unwavering dedication to social impact, inspiring us to continue our mission with renewed passion and purpose, creating meaningful change for those we serve and our communities at large.

Employee Spotlight: Hailey Jeffrey, Community Impact Associate

We believe in investing in people and forming meaningful connections. We see ourselves as more than just a funder. We listen, we collaborate and we bring communities together. Here we’re pleased to introduce you to one of the amazing humans doing this work.

I’m Hailey, and I serve as a Community Impact Associate at United Way. What I love most about my role here is the incredible environment and the fantastic colleagues I get to work alongside. Every member of our team contributes to the important work we do, and I’m grateful to be a part of such an amazing group!

Fun fact about me, I’m a cat person and I have two adorable kitties at home.

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