Thank you for your support
""Anything you want is on the other side of fear."" I think that this is so true because change does not come from comfort and spending time in your safe little world. It was very difficult to see the enormity of needs by so many in Thunder Bay. This experience has been an eye opener and will stay with me forever. I am so glad that I was chosen as the Sponsored Employee to the United Way because their slogan is "Change Starts Here". I now see that it also starts with me! When I now hear or see the words "United Way", I will always think back to the wonderful memories, the friendships and a better understanding I have of the challenges in our community. Just as the United Way team leave no stone unturned, I too hope I can do the same to make this community better place for everyone!"
City of Thunder Bay Employee
"The United Way Sponsored Employee program not only supports a vital charitable community organization but equally contributes to our own employee development. While we are able to provide personnel with specialized expertise to the United Way, our employees are provide exposure to a wide variety of community stakeholders, initiatives and activities and are able to embellish on these same skills when they return. We are proud to be supporter and have incorporated the program as a professional development options."
"Copperfin Credit Union supports the United Way Sponsored Employee program because it believes in helping the communities in which they serve. We commit to giving back in ways such as allowing our staff to participate in this worthwhile program. it becomes a win-win; Copperfin gets exposure as "being active in the community" and United Way gets a fully paid employee for 4 months. This is all part of Copperfin's working together to build stronger communities. Supporting this program reinforces our guiding principles as co-operative."
"The United Way Sponsored Employee program is not only a tremendous way for companies to give back to the community through support of the United Way annual fundraising campaign, but it is also a unique and valuable employee development opportunity for employers, and one that RBC sees as possessing significant value for both our organization and our people."
North Western Region
"I have supported the United Way for many years as an Employee Campaign Chair at my RBC Royal Bank branch. The experience of being a Sponsored Employee has taken me out of my comfort zone; the benefits have been numerous and have positively enhanced both my professional and personal life.
With a new sense of accomplishment, I am proud to do the hard work that it takes to raise funds the provide so many services in Thunder Bay. With seeing how so many benefit from these programs I will always donate and volunteer. I will never forget this valuable, life changing experience."
RBC Royal Bank Employee
"The Sponsored Employee program allowed us to have an employee participate in the United Way campaign to not only support the United Way with resources other than cash but more so for the development, experience and learnings of the employee.
Right from the start of the process of recruiting candidates, going through the selection process, training and exposure to others in the same position was a great development tool for us and the employee. Being pushed out of their comfort zones on occasion and liaising with other companies and employees in addition to becoming intimate with the good works of the United Way, only served to strengthen their resolve and share their experience and learning with others in the workplace and promote further participation."
"For me, being a sponsored employee was about giving back to the community. I was extremely fortunate and happy to be a sponsored employee for the United Way. It's a great experience and one I wouldn't trade in at all. It was an opportunity to get a first hand look and appreciation of the work that goes into helping out the community by raising money for various community agencies. By keeping in mind the goal we are trying to achieve as a community, we try to make a positive difference in peoples lives. The United Way is an organization that I strongly believe in as does my company Richardson's. Thank you for giving me that opportunity."
Richardson International Employee
"As a past sponsored employee with the United Way, I feel very honoured and fortunate to have had the opportunity to have worked with such a dedicated group of individuals. I never really realized the need in our community until i was able to reach out to the different agencies and witness first had all the amazing individuals who work and volunteer their time to help others in need. I am so grateful to my employer CIBC for allowing me this opportunity to work in the community and give back. It truly was an amazing experience both personally and professionally and I will always support the United Way."
United Way of Thunder Bay is leading the way to a better community by improving the quality of life for all local people. By collaborating with community partners, we are leading the way to addressing social issues in our community and investing in three critical areas: Poverty, Kids and Strong Communities. Donations to the United Way are strategically invested across Thunder Bay to many vital programs and initiatives in these areas, creating a social safety net that works to achieve lasting change for our neighbours, families and friends.© 2017 United Way of Thunder Bay