United Way gaining momentum with 37% of $2 million goal met

Lots of activities as we enter October with $740,000 raised so far

United Way resource development manager Rebecca Brander, left, is pictured with Vicki Ducharme, 2017 United Way campaign chair; and Chris West, sales manager at Lambton Ford Lincoln, with the symbolic cheque representing funds raised through the dealership's fundraising event.

The United Way of Sarnia-Lambton has reached 37% of the $2,000,000 campaign goal.  I am pleased to report that we have reached $740,000 as of this morning.

Suncor employees have started their campaign with a one-week intensive fundraising drive that will advance the campaign significantly by the end of this week.   The opening ceremonies of the employee drive will begin this morning and the wrap up will take place early Friday afternoon.  I look forward to being on hand to tally their results with the overall campaign numbers.

Reliance Home Comfort has also just begun their employee campaign and Reliance will match all employee contributions.

Retiree contributions are coming in strong and we plan the traditional follow-up mailings to those retirees who have not yet contributed but did in the past.

We are very grateful to the Sarnia Sting hockey club who generously allowed the United Way to run and keep the 50/50 proceeds from the thirst three Sarnia Sting home games this year.  Those first three games netted the United Way over $4,200.  This is in addition to the Black vs White hockey game held in late August.  We also want to thank all the Sarnia Sting fans for their support of the United Way for purchasing our 50/50 tickets.  Part of the success from the Black vs White game was the Drive4UR Community with Lambton Ford.  Thanks to Ford Canada and Lambton Ford, an additional $2,140 was raised at that inter-squad game.

I think most other industrial employee campaigns are now underway and reports indicate that the employees at Imperial are off to a great start and are approaching 81% of their goal, and indications NOVA Chemicals employees too are off to a great start.   Imperial and NOVA Chemicals represent the largest two employee campaigns in Sarnia-Lambton so with those groups off to a great start, it is a good indicator for us.

The United Way campaign will wrap up at the end of the year.  Already, 1,350 people have contributed to the 2017 United Way campaign.

Dave Brown is executive director of the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton.

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