(CHATHAM, ON) – At the 2017 Annual Campaign Kick-Off last Friday, United Way’s campaign chair Elizabeth Downey-Sunnen announced a goal of $1,725,000. The United Way’s mission is to improve lives and build community.
Donations to and through the annual United Way campaign are invested in programs which help people cope with the numerous challenges of daily life, including those associated with poverty, addiction, mental illness, and physical disabilities.
In 2016, over 40,000 residents in Chatham-Kent turned to a United Way funded program in search of hope; a hope that their life situation could and would get better for themselves and for their families.
“The community support displayed tonight is beautiful,” said Downey-Sunnen. “We have received over $300,000 in pledges throughout the course of this evening. My team, along with other United Way volunteers and staff, will work tirelessly over the next three and a half months to achieve, and hopefully kick the heck out of, our goal.”
United Way staff have pledged a combined contribution of over $15,000 in support of this year’s campaign.
“Setting this year’s goal was an informative process for our team. In our hearts, we all wanted to ensure that each of our partner programs would be fully funded and available to anyone in Chatham-Kent who needed to use those services,” added Downey-Sunnen. “In order to do that, we would need to raise close to three-million dollars. We really did our homework this year, consulted and collaborated with our community leaders and key stakeholders, and the goal we felt we could realistically achieve while ensuring no further cuts to currently funded programs and services would be 1,725,000.”
Help to spread hope in the community by donating to this year’s campaign by calling (519) 354-0430 or by visiting online to make a confidential and secure on-line donation. To pledge your support or get involved in the 2017 Campaign contact Tom Slager at (519) 354-0430 or by email.