The United Way campaign reaches the 50% level of the $1.9 million need

Highlight includes $12,500 donation from INEOS Styrolution

Dave Brown of the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton accepts a $12,500 donation from Greg Dawson, HR manager of INEOS Styrolution, representing contributions of employees for this year’s campaign. The United Way of Sarnia-Lambton drive to meet its 2019 Needs Target has slowed and now sets at 50% of the $1.9M Need.

We are focused on the total amount of money our United Way needs to raise to continue to fund the 18 local agencies; 36 programs and agencies.

 Helping us get to the halfway mark was INEOS Styrolution.  The employees at INEOS ran a number of events plus a payroll deduction program, and INEOS also supported other community groups.   Pizza lunches, BBQs, golf challenges are examples of the events they ran.  The INEOS campaign and closing announcement involved a crock off of a variety of foods, soups, and desserts all made in slow cookers and made by employees on site.  In total, over $12,500 was raised.

 Shell Canada has also wrapped up its employee and retiree drive\, but the results will not be known until next week.  Shell Canada had a deadline of October 31, 2019, to match all employee and retiree contributions.   Shell Canada also had events during the months of September and October.

The St. Clair Catholic District School Board is nearly wrapped up its fall fundraising campaign and the Lambton Kent District School Board is about to kick off.

Overall, the campaign has slowed, and we are growing more and more concerned with how the campaign might end up.

 We are focused right now on the remaining employee drives and have begun our follow up letter campaign primarily focused on donors who have given in the past, but not yet this year.

 We are hopeful we will have raised the first $1 million by early next week and currently have less than $40,000 to go to reach that.

 The remaining United Way community event is the United Way Stair climb that will take place on Giving Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at Mariner Park Place at 1285 Sandy Lane.  This event is built on the hugely successful CN Tower Stair Climb held each year in Toronto.  We are grateful to Drewlo for both sponsoring and hosting the event.

To register, please click HERE.

There is a minimum $25 donation or sponsorship.

Participants can climb the 12 floors at 1285 Sandy Lane, and through the parking garage can climb the 12 floors at 1295 Sandy Lane once or twice.

More information can be found on the United Way website at www.theunitedway.on.ca or by calling (519) 336-5452 ext. 0.

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