Four weeks into campaign, United Way is at $800k mark

Most employee campaigns have begun, say officials

Art Kreeft, Senior Project Manager at INEOS Styrolution participates in the football target throwing contest as part of the United Way Campaign Breakfast and Tailgate party on Wednesday. Employees were encouraged to wear their favourite sports jersey and have breakfast to officially launch the annual United Way campaign at the plant.

With four complete weeks, the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton fundraising has reached the $800,000 plateau and now sits at 41% of the $2,000,000 goal.

To date, 1,680 donors have pledged their support with most employee campaigns having commenced their annual fundraising in support of the United Way.

Today, we have the final elementary school to kickoff with a staff presentation at their staff meeting at the end of the school day.

The education campaigns will run until the end of October with a few schools spilling into November.  We did more presentations this year than ever within the schools and our purpose is twofold; we want the educators and other school staff to know where their money is going in our community, and we want to let them know the kinds of services that are available should they come across a child or family member who might be in need of such programs and not know that they exist.

Currently, 41% of United Way allocations is invested in youth programs; most would have a direct positive impact on the classrooms almost every day; including the breakfast programs at the YMCA Youth Resource Houses, the Autism Summer Camp, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club, and Sarnia-Lambton Rebound.

We also talk about the family programs United Way funds, which include a number of mental health and suicide prevention programs, and the growing number of seniors programs; all geared to keep seniors safe, healthy, and independent in their own homes for as long as possible.

Shell Canada is holding a week of caring to garner awareness of the needs in Sarnia-Lambton and plan to officially kick off their employee fundraising on Thursday.  DuPont Canada in Corunna will also begin on Thursday.

INEOS Styrolution kicked off their campaign this week with a first-ever breakfast tailgate party.  Breakfast wraps were on the menu as was a football throwing contest in the employee parking lot.  Employees at INEOS Styrolution have a number of events planned over the next four or six weeks.

Only about 100 tickets remain for the annual Locally Lambton Dinner and auction at the Lambton College Residence and Events Centre.

The Dinner was missed last year because of the labour dispute with the provinces’ colleges but will be back this year on Saturday, October 27.  Tickets are $45 each, or two for $85.

Locally raised beef, lamb, chicken, plus locally grown vegetables and freshly baked rolls are just a sample of the dinner menu.  This is a one of a kind dinner buffet all expertly prepared by Lambton College students.  Most people who attend are returnees who after enjoying the meal the first time, make arrangements to come back the following year.

Call 519 336-5452 for tickets.

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