Home builders help out

United Way of Chatham-Kent personnel and members of the Chatham-Kent Home Builders Association celebrate a donation of $18,000 by the association to the United Way recently.

Members of the Chatham-Kent Home Builders Association came together just before Christmas to donate $18,000 to the United Way.

Reach Out Chatham-Kent, The Sandwich Guys and The United Way of Chatham-Kent’s Winter Warmth program are receiving help to accomplish their charitable work. Whatever the need (food, clothing, blankets, tarps, etc.) $18,000 will help with the sustainability of the volunteer work of those reaching out to help meet the needs of some of our community’s homeless during the cold, harsh and dark days of the season – and beyond.

The concept evolved out of an email from Maple City Homes Ltd. inviting both construction sub trades and suppliers to “Help us Help the Homeless.”

Steve Pratt, CEO of the United Way of CK said “On any given night approximately 87 people in Chatham-Kent experience homelessness. It’s the generosity of caring businesses and residents, like the folks gathered here today, that powers United Way’s work in the community. It allows us to tackle together persistent, unignorable issues – like homelessness, hunger, and poverty – that are preventing far too many individuals and families from getting ahead.”

Robb Nelson, President and Partner of Maple City Homes Ltd. said, “Just like our development, this is a hyper local initiative, supported by local businesses for the residents of Chatham-Kent. We are proud to be supporting local trades and they all really came together to make a difference in the lives of some of our most vulnerable residents.”


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