United Way reaches $1 million mark of fall campaign

Predictions of 'challenging year' may be coming true, although hope remains

Aline Lafond is a client of the New Beginnings, ABI Stroke Recovery Association, one of 18 funded agencies of the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton and relies on the United Way funding to meet the growing need for stroke and acquired brain injury programming. The United Way has reached $1,000,000 in their fall campaign.

We are lagging last year, there is no doubt about that.  We are awaiting the results from some of the manufacturing employee campaigns to get a clearer picture of where this year’s fundraising effort is headed.

We knew this was going to be a challenging year for a number of reasons and that is why we set a Needs Target of $1.9 million.  We feel if we can reach the $1,900,000, we will have enough to fund the 18 agencies; 36 programs and services at current levels, and then have some limited funding available for special, shorter-term grants.  The money raised in Sarnia-Lambton is used in Sarnia-Lambton for community programming

Shorter-term grants, also known as Venture Grants, are monies available to meet new needs in the community due to changes in government funding, changing demographics, and even changes in the economy.  Currently there are three organizations receiving Venture Grants including the Inn of the Good Shepherd for their Income Tax program; Petrolia Army Cadets serving youth in rural Lambton; and just recently announced, the Rapids Family Health Team/Alzheimer’s Society Memory Clinics, train the trainer program.

There are many employee campaigns still running employee fundraising programs in Sarnia-Lambton and in fact, very few have already wrapped up.  We have also just mailed out our follow up letters to previous online and direct mail donors who have not yet contributed, and several nonindustrial campaigns are also still running campaigns.  The Lambton Kent District School Board just kicked up on Wednesday.

So far, nearly 2,000 donors have already donated to the campaign and it is expected that 4,000 in total are needed to reach the $1.9M Needs Target.

The 2019 United Way of Sarnia-Lambton campaign will run until the end of the year.

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