United Way nearing halfway point toward goal

Pace is slightly below last year, but organizers remain hopeful

The United Way of Sarnia-Lambton has reached the 48% mark of the $2,000,000 goal today.

We are about a week behind, having reached the 50% level at Thanksgiving last year.  We do anticipate reaching the 50% level later this week.
All industrial campaigns are now underway and the enthusiasm is at a high point.  Suncor employees, for example, held their one-week intensive campaign that wrapped up last week.  The Suncor goal was $133,000 and the campaign boasted one or two events per day all week including bake sales, dunk tanks, and draws.
Boys and girls Club Program Director, Lisa Lanouette was on hand to hear the positive news about the campaign.  Lanouette, along with 2017 United Way Campaign Chair Vicky Ducharme gave thanks to the Suncor Employee campaign team and all the donors for their support of the United Way.
The Boys and Girls club provides a number of programs to the community’s youth from the downtown core area.
Specifically, Lamouette spoke about the programs that the United Way funds and detailed the impacts of the program has on the area’s youth.  United Way funds the drop-in, after school, and summer camp programs of the Boys and Girls Club.
The LCBO Point of Sale drive wrapped up this Thanksgiving weekend, and I want to thank all of the LCBO employees and managers in Sarnia-Lambton for their support as well as the customers who so generously supported the United Way through the LCBO campaign.
The Shell Canada employee campaign gets into full gear today as the employees will hold a chili cookout.  As luck would have it, I have been asked to judge.
Overall, the United Way fundraising has raised $960,000 and the campaign will run until the end of the year.

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