United Way campaign remains on healthy roll with 38% of target

Results are tracking with last year's pace

United Way Campaign Chair Vicky Ducharme demonstrates the new United Way donation kiosk that will be placed at the Finch and Wellington Coffee Lodge this week for the month of October. The kiosk will be moved to other locations during the year.

United Way of Sarnia-Lambton has surpassed the quarter million dollar mark and now sits at 38% of the $2-million goal for this year’s campaign.  As of Monday afternoon, the United Way volunteers and donors have raised $760,000 so far.

Overall, the campaign is tracking right were we’d like to be and is consistent with last year’s pace.  Almost all industrial employee campaigns are underway with Styrolution kicking off on Wednesday with a breakfast at the plant, and although TransAlta had officially kicked off with a golf tournament on Friday, they will hold their annual crock off at lunch on Wednesday to kick off the fundraising at the plant.

Suncor employees will hold campaign events in the next couple of weeks, and Shell Canada employees in Corunna are holding planning sessions and will begin fundraising in the coming days as well.

The LCBO stores have begun their second of two “Give at the Till” campaigns and their staff campaign as well.  Indications are very positive with a number of the stores in Sarnia and Lambton County so far this fall at or above last autumn.  Last year, LCBO employees and customers raised over $35,000 for the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton campaign.

Canada Border Services Agency employees kicked off their annual campaign and hope to build on last year’s very successful campaign.  Last year’s campaign at CBSA finished over the previous year and organizers there hope to add to last year’s totals.  The Department of Fisheries and Oceans will kick off its employee campaign on October 15th with a staff presentation and Transport Canada will commence their employee campaign around that time as well.

Our direct mail campaign is starting to slow down a little, which is to be expected at this point in the campaign.  As a result, we will be sending out follow up letters to past donors who have not yet responded. Expect to see those letters soon.

Later this week, our donation kiosk will be set up at the Coffee Lodge at Finch and Wellington in Sarnia.  I am just waiting for a dry day to move the Kiosk from its current location to the Coffee Lodge.  We are very grateful to the Coffee Lodge to host the donation kiosk for the month of October.

Later in the campaign, the kiosk will be moved to other locations including one or more branches of Scotiabank who have already agreed to host the kiosk this fall.  More locations will be announced soon.

We are the first United Way in Canada to test the kiosk concept and our involvement with it has sparked interest among other United Ways in Canada, including the United Way/Centraide Canada.

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