United Way reaches halfway mark

Campaign officials say this year's campaign is on pace with last year

The first ever Paint the Town Red Paint night was held on Tuesday and 20 participants spent an enjoyable evening with friends, new and old, painting a Canatara Beach scene while supporting the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton.

This year’s United Way of Sarnia-Lambton campaign is on pace with last year, with an announcement on Wednesday (October 6) that about half the $2 million goal has been reached.

“We are please with the pace of the campaign this year as we are now sitting just over the $1 million level,” said Richard Kelch, campaign chair. “It was this week back in 2015 that we also announced we had hit 50%. We also know that the second million dollars will be a challenge.”

Almost all industrial campaigns are underway with some close to wrapping up.

Organizers that there are several non-industrial campaigns also underway, including Lambton County elementary and secondary schools, all three levels of government and retail.

“Our direct mail campaign is entering its second phase,” added Kelch. “Donors who have contributed in the past but not yet this year will receive a letter.”

The United Way’s target is the same amount that was raised in 2015. Money raised will provide funding to 37 programs and services in Lambton County.

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