Hope remains high for strong finish at United Way

Officials are counting on past donors who may not have come forward as year end approaches

The Summer Autism Camp is run by the Sarnia Family YMCA and is one of 35 programs and services funded by the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton. Each of 28 children last summer had one to one support for eight weeks enabling children to return to school in September. This program is the only program of its kind in Ontario and could not run if it weren’t for United Way of Sarnia-Lambton funding.

The United Way campaign has climbed to 77.2%, or $1,544,200 of the $2,000,000 goal.

While we still have a number of employee campaigns still underway, we are clearly running out of time and we fear the worst, that the goal might not be reached.

We are still not giving up hope, and we are still counting on all our past donors to support the campaign again if they have not yet done so.

We did receive some good news late last week, and again this morning.  Employees at Ineos Styrolution exceeded their goal and the amount raised last year and settled in at $11,735.

Sarnia City hall completed their silent auction on Friday afternoon and reported this morning that over $7,300 was raised, well above last year’s total.

We are counting on more of these positive surprises, and if we continue to get them, we will finish closer and closer to goal.  We are hopeful Styrolution and Sarnia City Hall have started a trend.

We also have some presentations set up at some of the NOVA Chemicals Sites this week, and the financial sector is all up and running their campaigns as well.

The United Way campaign will run officially until the end of the year so we still have three weeks before Christmas and we are hopeful donations will continue through to the office the week between Christmas and New Years as they did in previous years.

We are encouraging everybody to donate as each donation; each donor is important.  Please call the office at (519) 336-5452 and press 0, or donate online at www.theunitedway.on.ca.  Often, donors like to make their contributions in person and can do so at 420 East Street North, next to Cameron’s Paint and Paper in Sarnia.

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