United Way continues its momentum

Just over $1,060,000 raised as campaign reaches 53% of goal

The United Way Campaign breakfast team lines up to kick off the WorleyParsons employee campaign. WorleyParsons plan many events during this fall's fundraising drive including tricycle races, and a Leaders of the Way Breakfast later in October. WorleyParsons will match all United Way employee contributions.

As we begin week five of the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton campaign, we find ourselves reaching the 53% mark of our campaign goal.  To date, we have raised just over $1,060,000 and almost all industrial campaigns are underway and several non-industrial employee campaigns.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans, for example, is in week two of their campaign and have events planned for all week.  Today, for example, the DFO campaign team has planned a “toonie toss,” and “Workout Wednesday” continues on Wednesday and will continue for each Wednesday in October.  DFO has also arranged to have offsite massage therapy sessions at a reduced rate with the proceeds being donated to the United Way later in October as well.

Also on Wednesday, WorleyParsons is holding tricycle races in their offices at 1086 Modeland road in Sarnia, following their kickoff breakfast on Wednesday last week.

The first major campaign to wrap up their campaign is Suncor employees who still are expecting several more contributions, the results of their online auction which is still underway, and the tallies from some of their Sarnia based employees who will participate in the CN Tower climb later this month.

Reliance Home Comfort did complete their campaign last week as well and exceeded their $7,000 goal.  Reliance has really stepped up in the past few years and are raising more money each year.  The $7,037 raised does not include money raised at a February event that Reliance had hosted.  Reliance also matches all employee gifts dollar for dollar.

Currently, all the refinery campaigns are running with NOVA Chemicals will wrap up their campaign near the end of October.  Imperial employee will wrap up their campaign near the end of the month as well.  We are getting updates from the companies now, and with the progress reports this week, I think we will be close to 60% of the campaign on Friday.

We know, more so this year than in the past, the last 20 or 25% of the campaign will be more difficult to raise that the first 50% of the campaign because of all the early employee campaign starts.  We need all those who contributed last year to do so again, plus we will need a few new donors to make up for those who are no longer working.

The Education campaign is one area we are very hopeful.  The Campaigns within the area schools have gotten off to a good start there too, and we have done presentations at many schools where we have found renewed enthusiasm.  We are definitely excited about receiving the results from the schools in Lambton.  Especially when 43% of our funding is ebbing used to fund youth programs; programs that will have a direct impact in the classrooms throughout Lambton County.

I wanted to remind everybody that the Locally Lambton Dinner this year is planned for Saturday, October 29, and will boast an even larger auction this year than last.  Tickets are $45 each, or two for $85, and can be purchased by calling (519) 336-5452.  Tables of 8 and 10 can also be reserved, and the event will take place at the Lambton College Residence and Event Centre.

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