‘Closer and closer’: United Way nears 2017 fundraising goal

With more than 95% of the way there, several campaigns have yet to report

Employees at SNC Lavalin on Front Street in Sarnia surpassed their United Way fundraising expectations and held a Jersey Day complete with coffee and muffins and a pot luck to celebrate. SNC Lavalin and its employees have helped the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton reach 96.5% of its goal with five days before Christmas.

The United Way of Sarnia-Lambton campaign is drawing closer and closer to its $2,000,000 goal for 2017.

 I am very pleased to say that we have reached 96.5% of our 2017 objective and only a few short weeks ago, I did not think we’d get this close; and, we still have a number of campaigns still fundraising and some have not yet reported interim numbers.

 Much of the campaign trailed last year by about 5 or 6% and a couple of early campaigns did finish below last year’s amount, but we have had nothing but good news in the past three weeks that has really turned the campaign around.  We are very optimistic that we can reach the goal, perhaps before Christmas.   We have five more days before Christmas and three or four more days after that before the end of the year when the campaign officially wraps up.

Good news came first from NOVA Chemicals reporting their final employee and retiree campaign results and when added to the matching gift, resulted in a record total for the United Way campaign.  Pembina that same day reported their highest ever donated to the United Way as well, thanks to their employee drive and matching corporate gift.  Soon after, CF Industries presented a cheque that surpassed last year’s amount by more than $10,000 and we received more great news from Mainstreet Credit Union, positive response so far from Lambton College faculty, and a number of new, first time donors who stepped up and supported the campaign.

SNC-Lavalin also wrapped up their employee drive as well this week with very positive results as well.

 Thanks to everybody who participated in the first ever stair Climb; “Stair Climb for the Holidays” hosted and sponsored by Drewlo Holdings at Marina Park Place on Sandy Lane.  We want to thank all of the climbers, individual sponsors, Magermans and Raes for covering the insurance costs, and the building managers and tenants at Marina Park place for their support and understanding.  We raised over $2,500 and hope to build on the success and make the stair climb an annual event.

 Currently, the United Way has reached $1,935,000 which means there is just $65,000 yet to raise to reach the $2 million goal.

 The United Way of Sarnia-Lambton campaign will run until the end of the year and although donations are accepted throughout the year, donors are reminded to make their gifts at or prior to December 31 to receive a 2017 charitable receipt for tax purposes this year.

 The United Way supports 19 local agencies that provide over 35 programs and services in Sarnia-Lambton.

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