United Way announces a Financial Literacy Community Strategy

Seeking agencies interested in working with financial institution volunteers to build financial literacy in London & Middlesex

In October of 2011, United Way London & Middlesex commissioned a research report through the Centre for Community Based Research (CCBR) entitled Payday Lending in London. The outcomes of this study identified that payday lenders are prevalent in London; individuals are borrowing from payday lenders to pay for basic needs and are often unclear on the long term repercussions. Although the study was focused on payday lending, a need for a community-wide financial education program in London and Middlesex County was identified.

Over the past six months, United Way has worked with service providers and traditional financial institutions to explore local opportunities to developing a financial education and mentorship program. United Way is pleased to announce a community strategy that is focused not only on financial literacy but enhancing opportunities for individuals to interact with volunteers from traditional financial institutions. One of the key components of the strategy is the provision of financial literacy workshops. These workshops will be co-facilitated by financial institution volunteers and Family Service Thames Valley, and will focus on critical moments in one’s life and provide information that can help individuals and families make reasonable financial decisions.

United Way is seeking to engage social service agencies interested in working with financial institution volunteers to not only host workshops but provide feedback and support cross-sectoral training methods.

If your organization is interested in taking part in the initial stages of this financial literacy community strategy, please contact Kate Cowan, Community Planning Specialist at United Way London & Middlesex.

United Way will be hosting a discussion with agencies interested on May 1, 2013 at 8:30 am at The TD Training Room (220 Dundas ST, 2nd floor). Please RSVP to Kate Cowan at ( or 519-438-1723 ext. 249.

Sad News

It is with deep regret that I write to inform you of the passing of Dick Rastin, who died of a heart attack on December 24th.  Dick Rastin was the tireless Executive Director of Street Connection, and a constant presence at the London Homeless Coalition.  The Free Press did a nice article about Dick available at  Our thoughts go out to Leone, and the countless youth that Dick supported and mentored.  This will be a difficult time for them all, so we thank in advance all of you who are working hard to support these youth.
Dick will be greatly missed.