March 7, 2018 – Following the recent approval by Timmins City Council, representatives from the City and the United Way North East Ontario met today to sign the official Memorandum of Understanding for the upcoming Stars and Thunder 50/50 draws.

The United Way will be leading the charge on the 50/50 draws, while providing a high-tech element, on par with global sporting, entertainment and other high-profile events that use an electronic format of purchasing tickets. One of the advantages to this high-profile technology-based format is that there will be no limit to the daily pot of winnings, and selected non-profits and charities will see big benefits.

The United Way North East Ontario has both the experience and structure to support such an initiative through its transparent practices of raising local dollars for local needs through innovative events. The non-profits and charities will be the real winners, and the format will ignite the city’s volunteer infrastructure.

The United Way will develop a screening process and a Stars and Thunder application process open to charities or qualifying non-profits in the Timmins area in accordance with its three focus areas: helping kids be all they can be; building strong communities, or moving people from poverty to possibility. Agencies that have charitable status may apply for program funding. Qualifying non-profits that do not have charitable status must partner with a local charity that will administer funding dollars.

There is no limit to the number of charities or qualifying non-profits that may apply. Agencies may apply for more than one program is they have a sufficient volunteer base to support the event as per the application.

Due to the collaborative nature of the Stars and Thunder event, agencies may apply for funding based on the commitment to fill a specific number of volunteer shifts (morning, afternoon or evening). Shifts can be four to six hours long and can fall between the hours of 10am to 2am depending upon the volunteer position. The amount of funds distributed to each of the qualifying organizations will be determined by the total funds raised during the event and the number of volunteer shifts completed.

In the coming weeks, public input and education sessions will be provided for the charities and non-profits so that they can fully understand the application and volunteer engagement process.

“We are excited to partner with the many local charities and non-profits in Timmins to further advance the work of building a stronger social service structure while igniting an innovative form of volunteer engagement that will make the Stars and Thunder Festival a true community event,” said Jennifer Gorman, Regional Navigator United Way North East Ontario (Timmins office). “The United Way also considers the 50/50 partnership with the City of Timmins to be a true testament of how such an event will succeed for years to come.”

All volunteers interested in participating at Stars and Thunder, regardless of the role, will have to register using the new confidential, user-friendly, online application method. InItLive is the new online format that will assist this festival in registering and communicating with our valued volunteers. All information is kept confidential and is not shared with any other organization or business. To start the registration process, please visit: The link is also featured on the Stars and Thunder website ( under the FAQ tab when selecting the ‘Volunteer’ option.

Volunteers who register online and will be assisting a selected not-for-profit agency (as part of the 50/50 draws selection), will not there is a section in the application process where they will identify themselves as such.

The general public is invited to register to volunteer and if at some point decide they are volunteering for one of the not-for-profits selected for the 50/50 draws, that individual’s information can be updated. The names of those who will be volunteering as part of the 50/50 draw will be verified against a list provided by the not-for-profit organizations. Anyone not having submitted their name to the not-for-profit organization will not have their completed volunteer-assigned hours included as part of the organization’s committed number of volunteer hours.

All volunteers will be contacted regarding assigned roles and schedule. The orientation and familiarization training must be attended by all volunteers. Registration does not guarantee assignment. The Volunteer Committee will do its best to match the volunteers’ skills, experience and interests to the volunteer role.


For those who do not have access to the internet, please contact:

Marnie Lapierre – Coordinator of Festivals, Events and Special Projects

705-360-2600, ext. 3785

Registered charities and non-profits in the City of Timmins who wish to apply for funding and take part in the Stars and Thunder volunteer efforts can contact:

Jennifer Gorman – Regional Navigator United Way North East Ontario (Timmins office)




Media Contact: Heather Duhn, Corporate Communications Coordinator

705-360-2600, ext. 2212