United Way campaign now at 40% of this year’s $2 million goal

Successful 'Day of Caring' has followed several events, with more to come

NOVA Chemicals Employees kickoff their 2016 United Way Campaign at the NOVA Corunna site today. NOVA Chemicals Employees will commence their drives at all four Sarnia-Lambton sites all this week, and NOVA will match all employee and retiree contributions dollar for dollar.

Week one of the 2016 United Way of Sarnia-Lambton campaign is now in the books.

The campaign is now approaching the 40% level of the $2 million goal representing $750,000 raised or pledged as of today.

After a successful Day of Caring, we also had a couple of more employee campaign kick off’s, including a breakfast meeting with the Lambton Kent District School Board principals, and even more employee campaign preparing to kick off this week.

On Saturday, the Enbridge pipeline employees campaign got kicked off with their first ever classic car show.  Several classic and modern sports cars were on hand for viewing by many people who came out despite the wet weather.  Enbridge employees held a barbeque and arranged a 50/50 draw, a helicopter raffle, and held a silent auction that included laptops, iPads, and a wide range of items up for bid.

The total raised from the car show is not yet known, but volunteers at Enbridge are very pleased with how things went.  It is a shame the weather was not better, but even with the rain, the employees at Enbridge deserve a huge thank you and raised a large amount of money.  I am told the classic cars started arriving at 8 a.m., so with gorgeous weather, there is no telling how many people would have supported the event.

I wanted to thank all the Enbridge employees for their hard work in putting the car show together.  Several had their families out helping as well.

Both Reliance Home Comfort, and Nova Chemicals, Corunna site have kicked off today. In fact, what we’re calling Nova Chemicals week, each of the four Lambton County Nova Chemicals sites will be kicking off their employee drives this week. In addition to Corunna site today, St. Clair River site on Tuesday, Mooretown on Wednesday and MECC at the research park in Sarnia on Thursday.

TransAlta also be taking off their employee campaign this week as well.

The retiree direct mail campaign is continuing to bring in donations on a daily basis, and we’re hoping that direct-mail response will continue to be strong.  We have also already received three donations of stocks.

Another first time event for United Way is the Paint the Town Red paint party. Participants are invited to pay $50, and over a two hour period be professionally instructed on how to paint a well-known Sarnia-Lambton landscape.  Investors Group Sarnia, specifically David Noel, Apex IT Solutions and Creativity Matters are cosponsoring this event.

The Paint the Town Red will take place on Tuesday, September 27, and pre-registration is required. For more information, and to preregister, please call the United Way office at (519) 336-5452.  There are only a few spots remaining, but we are holding another one on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 if the spots fill up or if you can’t make this first date.

The campaign will run until December 31, and the $2,000,000 goal represents the amount raised last year.

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