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A team of top executives from the charitable organisation, United Way of Jamaica (UWJ), journeyed to St Ann recently to join forces with one of its long-time partners, Noranda Bauxite, to distribute food and care packages to several institutions and individuals.

United Way is the fund managers of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica’s (PSOJ) COVID Relief Fund, while Noranda, then Kaiser, was one of the foundation partners of UWJ when it began 35 years ago.

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a lid on most of those ceremonial rites linked to funerals, such as 'singings', nine nights, set-ups, and grave diggings. The grave digging is not as popular as the other ceremonies, but friends tell me it's missed. Contrary to what the name suggests, it is undoubtedly the most expressive show of community volunteerism attached to a funeral.

Nationwide News Network Partners With United Way Of Jamaica

By Kalilah Reynolds

Nationwide News Network is partnering with the United Way of Jamaica to promote the work of the 34 year old charity. United Way Chairperson, Marcia Forbes, says the $16 million deal is unprecedented.

Since its inception in 1985, the organization has mobilized resources to fund skills training, health care, education, agriculture, community development and youth empowerment programs across Jamaica.

Forbes says some of their more recent projects include early childhood education.

Dr Marcia Forbes, Executive Chairperson of Phase Three Productions is the new Chair of the Board of United Way of Jamaica. She succeeds Ian Forbes, who served as Chairman for five years.

WLI Gives J$1M to United Way of Jamaica

Kingston, Sept. 25, 2017: The Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) has donated J$1-M to the United Way of Jamaica (UWJ), designating the funds in support of the Woman Inc Crisis Centre. 

In making the donation, WLI Chair, Chorvelle Johnson said that “as an organization focused on improving the welfare of girls and women in Jamaica, the WLI is pleased to support the Woman Inc Crisis Centre which provides a safe haven for women who have been victims of domestic violence.”

Volunteerism: Importance, value, benefits

By:Alvaro Casserly

The following is the lightly edited text of an address to the Kiwanis Club of Kingston on Tuesday, March 22, 2016:

The Kiwanis Club of Kingston, the first Kiwanis Club in Jamaica is the leader of Kiwanis in Jamaica. On June 5, 2012, I had the pleasure of attending The Kiwanis Foundation of Jamaica launch of its book, Kiwanis in Jamaica 1964-2009, by Professor Patrick Bryan, of the University of the West Indies. It is an excellent book that I treasure. May I extend warm congratulations on the Kiwanis Club of Kingston’s 52nd anniversary.

The United Way of Jamaica (UWJ) announced at its monthly Executive Committee Meeting on April 24, 2014 that the organisation is now registered with the Charities Authority as stipulated by the CharitiesAct 2013. 

The UWJ is an autonomous non-profit Private Voluntary Organisation and an affiliate of United Way Worldwide. The United Way of Jamaica is focused on the building blocks for a good life; education, health and income generation and seeks to mobilize resources which are used to positively impact and improve lives across Jamaica.

The United Way of Jamaica (UWJ) has implemented a more efficient and effective system that is able to more accurately capture and disseminate information about donors. The Donor Perfect Online Fundraising Software has replaced our manual based system which has resulted in the provision of more timely data and an easier way of donating.

This system enables the United Way secretariat to:

Chairman of The United Way of Jamaica Mr. Ian Forbes and President/CEO Mrs. Winsome Wilkins, presented a cheque in the amount of one million, five hundred thousand dollars ($1,500,000) to the Executive Director of the Early Childhood Commission (ECC) Dr. Joan Reid. This grant was issued under the project “Restore Early Childhood Institutions" to assist in the repairs/ reconstruction of the roof at the Flemmings Basic School, Seaforth, St. Thomas. The damages sustained by the institution were as a result of the passage of Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.

The United Way of Jamaica (UWJ) on the behalf of the Alco Foundation/Career Enhancement Programme will be disbursing funds to sixty (60) students from Vere Technical, Lennon and Winston Jones High Schools. They will receive tuition and fees to undertake at least two (2) CXC subjects during the 2013/2014 sitting of the examinations.