UW Fall Cam­paign kicks off

Seaway News - - News - NICK SEE­BRUCH ni­cholas.see­bruch@tc.tc

CORN­WALL, On­tario – The United Way of SD&G held their an­nual kick­off break­fast for their Fall Cam­paign at the Corn­wall Le­gion on Fri­day, Sept. 14, 2018 hosted by the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s new Di­rec­tor of Op­er­a­tions, Mea­gan Bin­g­ley.

are avail­ablethe Le­gion hall was packed with com­mu­nity mem­bers ea­ger to en­joy the Kins­men Club of Corn­wall pre­pared break­fast and to hear about the im­por­tant causes sup­ported by the United Way.

This year’s new cam­paign chair is Angie Baker, who will be helped by a team of cam­paign com­mit­tee mem­bers and through the sup­port of the com­mu­nity.

“Our United Way mis­sion is to im­prove lives by work­ing to­gether,” she said. “With your do­na­tions, we can con­tinue to change lives in this com­mu­nity. To­gether we can con­tinue to be United Way He­roes.”

To help en­cap­su­late and show­case the im­por­tant work that United Way sup­ported agen­cies do in the Corn­wall, Ak­we­sasne and SD&G com­mu­nity, Tish Humphries, the founder and Pres­i­dent of Be­yond 21 was in­vited to ad­dress the break­fast.

Humphries ex­plained how she started the Hub for Be­yond 21 to sup­port adults with dis­abil­i­ties who have aged out of the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem.

Be­yond 21 is ded­i­cated to help keep these adults ac­tive and con­nected to their com­mu­nity.

Six years ago, Be­yond 21 and be­gan with sup­port from the Up­per Canada District School Board (UCDSB) found a home in the old TR Leger school.

As Be­yond 21 has grown, they moved into a tem­po­rary lo­ca­tion at Knox St. Paul church and Tish Humphries an­nounced at the break­fast that in 2019, they would be mov­ing into a new build­ing of their own.

To­day, Be­yond 21 sup­ports dozens of par­tic­i­pants and has many more on their wait­ing list. Humphries ex­plained that the work that they do would not be pos­si­ble with­out the sup­port they have re­ceived over the past six years from or­ga­ni­za­tions such as The City of Corn­wall, the United Coun­ties of SD&G, the UCDSB and of course, the United Way.

“Thank you to the United Way for believ­ing in us,” said Humphries. “Thank you to all who sup­port the United Way.”

Bin­g­ley took time to in­tro­duce some of the im­por­tant fundrais­ing events that will take place dur­ing the Fall Cam­paign in­clud­ing their Change for Change cam­paign, the Cel­e­bra­tion Sleigh the Pom­mier An­gel Pen­dants and of course their sig­na­ture event, the United Way Wine & Gourmet Tast­ing.

The Change for Change cam­paign in­volves re­turn­ing wa­ter bot­tles filled with change. These bot­tles can be pur­chased at the LCBO in September and Oc­to­ber and can be re­turned to the United Way of­fice when full.

At the break­fast, Angie Baker an­nounced that early bird tick­ets for their sig­na­ture event, the Wine & Gourmet are now on sale at Bax­trom’s Your In­de­pen­dent Gro­cer and the United Way of­fice.

There are 200 early bird tick­ets avail­able for the Wine & Gourmet Tast­ing and those who buy early bird tick­ets will be en­tered into a draw for an overnight stay at the Nav Cen­tre, a $500 gift card from Bax­trom’s and a $500 gift card from the LCBO.

“You bet­ter wear your danc­ing shoes be­cause it will be a blast,” said Baker.

New United Way Board Pres­i­dent An­drew Don­a­hee said that the United Way is committed to help­ing as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble.

“Our agen­cies are a link to what is hap­pen­ing around us,” Don­a­hee said. “Again this year, we have de­cided not to pur­sue a set mon­e­tary goal. Our goal is to help as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble so we won’t set an ar­bi­trary num­ber.”

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