United Way now just over 75% of its goal

Campaign has one month to raise $480,000 to meet $2 million target

United Way - Imperial Loaned Representative Geni Picazo accepted a bag of money representing the proceeds from a Spaghetti lunch held by New Beginnings, ABI, and Stroke Recovery in raising money for the United Way. Presenting the proceeds to Geni were Sheila LeNeve, Member Intake Support Co-ordinator, and Bob Rawlinson, Executive Director. The agency is one of 19 funded agencies by the United Way and provides a number of services to individuals who have had a stroke, and to their families.

The United Way campaign has now exceeded 76% of the $2,000,000 goal.

We received official word this morning that the Imperial corporate donation is on its way and will be $155,000 bringing our total up to $1,520,000 or 76% of the goal.

With a month to go, we have $480,000 yet to raise by the end of the year to reach our target; the same achievement as last year.

It is very important that we reach that total again this year so we can continue to fund the agencies at appropriate levels to provide the vital 35 programs and services that they do.  In fact, it is our hope, that if the goal can be reached, we can increase funding for those agencies that focus on seniors’ programs, all proven to keep seniors safe, healthy, and independent in their own homes for as long as possible.

Meals on Wheels, transportation services, foot care, visiting nurses, handyman/handywoman services, stroke and brain injury services and various telephone programs among others are all geared to help seniors live independently for as long as possible.  Not only are we keeping seniors safe, but preventing falls, decreasing isolation and depression, and overall improving seniors’ quality of life.

Imperial was the big announcement this week that brought us to the level we are now, and we anticipate a number of other campaigns to wrap up this week as well including the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Coast Guard, Ineos Styrolution, and others.

A nice change from chili this week was the New Beginnings, ABI, and Stroke Recovery Association spaghetti lunch to raise money for the United Way.

The New Beginnings, ABI, and Stroke Recovery Association offer a number of programs for people and their families and recently moved to Eastland Plaza on Indian Road enabling the agency to help a greater number of survivors.  Currently, the agency is funded $47,500 annually by the United Way.  If you’d like more information on the programs and services of New Beginnings, ABI, and Stroke Recovery Association offer in Sarnia-Lambton, please call 519 491-2668.

The Annual Drewlo United Way stair climb takes place on Tuesday and it is still not too late to sign up.  We are asking registrations to collect a minimum of $50 in pledges and attempt to climb the stairs at 1286 and 1297 Sandy Lane in Sarnia.

Many other United Ways have run very successful stair climbs for decades and we believe we can do the same here.  We are very grateful to Drewlo Holdings for not only hosting the stair climb, but for sponsoring the event allowing us time to grow the event.

To register, call 519 336-5452.

The climb will take place between 3:00 and 6:00 PM beginning at 1275 Sandy Lane.  Participants can choose anytime to participate within the three hours.

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