United Way campaign reaches 31% of goal

Companies are busy engaging with employees

Brian Shuter, production Engineer with INEOS Styrolution competes in the golf challenge as part of the INEOS Styrolution United Way of Sarnia-Lambton pizza lunch and employee campaign kickoff.

The United Way of Sarnia-Lambton eclipsed the first half-million-dollar mark this week and is has now reached 31% of its $1.9 Million need.

There are even more kickoffs taking place in the next few days.

INEOS Styrolution kicked off its employee campaign with a pizza lunch and golf challenge.  In addition to enjoying a variety of pizza toppings, employees were encouraged to pay $5 to pitch a golf ball and try to hit a target on their back lawn.  INEOS employees have a very high level of participation at the plant and they hope to keep their success going.

Retirees and other direct mail contributors continue to send in their donations in the mail, and with the new United Way office in a more public location (at 1362 Lambton Mall Road), it has seen more people stop into the office to make their donations than before.

This moved has saved the United Way close to $18,000 per year in rent.

Already this year, over $15,000 in stocks have been donated to the United Way.  Many donors are realizing that donating stocks and other appreciated equities can result in very beneficial tax savings for the donor and net the United Way some additional dividends at the same time.  Specifically, we receive a lot of Imperial stock because of the number of Imperial annuitants in our area, but we also have received other petrochemical and financial company stock as well.

The United Way hopes to reach the 30% level in the coming days.  To donate over the telephone, please call (519) . 336-5452 ext. 0, or www.theunitedway.on.ca and follow the links to donate online.

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