In a little over one year’s time, the United Ways of Elgin-St Thomas and London and Middlesex will be one in the same.
The two branches have agreed in principle to unify and create a single regional United Way.
“What Elgin-St Thomas brings to the table is that real intimate knowledge of the issues their community is facing and also the relationships with community service providers, with donors, and with partners in their community,” London and Middlesex CEO Kelly Ziegner tells AM980.
“Here in London, you know, being a bit of a bigger organization, we have infrastructure in place to support and help them advance their work at an even better pace.”
The upcoming fall campaigns will remain separate and the new unified United Way will launch in winter 2017.
“We still have to do all of those sort of legal, due diligence pieces. But what’s really important is that regardless of what the campaign looks like in future, the real important message is that money raised local will stay local.”
Staffing is expect to stay the same but Ziegner says there is the potential for growth. The two branches will begin looking at a full merger in early 2017, including making a decision on what to do about their name.