United Way aims for $1.9M

An­nual cam­paign launches with goal of rais­ing close to $2 mil­lion for area agen­cies

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - FRONT PAGE - PAUL SVOBODA

Launch­ing its lastest fundrais­ing cam­paign at a golf course, the United Way Hast­ings and Prince Ed­ward hopes it can score at least a par on its 2017 tar­get.

Thurs­day, fol­low­ing a kick-off event dubbed “Time For Nine/ Wine and Dine” at Welling­ton-on­the-Lake Golf Course with din­ner at Ess­roc Arena, the or­ga­ni­za­tion an­nounced its cam­paign goal of $1,970,000.

United Way HPE ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Kathy Mur­phy said al­most 40,000 peo­ple — an av­er­age of about one in ev­ery three res­i­dents — in the re­gion have used the ser­vices of the agen­cies and pro­grams funded through do­na­tions.

“As we ap­proach the 60th year of United Way Hast­ings and Prince Ed­ward, we thank you for play­ing a role in changing lives lo­cally,” said Mur­phy. “There is such a need, we are so glad you are a part of it. The need is ur­gent and we all can make a sig­nif­i­cant change.”

While serv­ing to tee-off the 2017 cam­paign, the nine-hole, best-ball golf and din­ner event was a part­ner­ship with Com­mu­nity Liv­ing Prince Ed­ward. Or­ga­niz­ers say the event was sold-out.

“All funds raised go to­ward sup­port­ing hous­ing that is af­ford­able for peo­ple in Prince Ed­ward County,” said Com­mu­nity Liv­ing PE ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Su­san Tre­ver­ton.

Mur­phy said Thurs­day’s kick-off event and the sub­se­quent fundrais­ing cam­paign will al­low United Way HPE to con­tinue to “trans­form lives” in the re­gion.

“Each year United Way-funded pro­grams help thou­sands of our fel­low com­mu­nity mem­bers, right here at home,” she said. “All of the money raised stays here in Hast­ings and Prince Ed­ward coun­ties. We con­nect strug­gling res­i­dents to food and shel­ter, help peo­ple get jobs, bring tax dol­lars back to our com­mu­nity and en­sure that youth can suc­ceed in school and in the work­place.

“Th­ese re­sults would not be pos­si­ble with­out your lead­er­ship and do­na­tions. No mat­ter if you have pay­roll de­duc­tions or make a lead­er­ship gift that is 100 per cent matched, you are keep­ing your do­na­tion here in Hast­ings and Prince Ed­ward.”

Mur­phy said she was con­fi­dent in the knowl­edge “our strong team of staff and vol­un­teers are tak­ing good care of thank­ing you and en­sur­ing you know your do­na­tions are well­man­aged.”

She said the or­ga­ni­za­tion is urg­ing cit­i­zens “to sup­port your com­mu­nity this com­ing sea­son of giv­ing — giv­ing thanks and giv­ing to your fel­low com­mu­nity mem­bers.”

In­for­ma­tion on United Way HPE is avail­able at: unit­ed­wayhpe.ca.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

United Way Hast­ings and Prince Ed­ward of­fi­cials and sup­port­ers un­veil the or­ga­ni­za­tion's tar­get fundrais­ing amount for the 2017 cam­paign Thurs­day at Ess­roc Arena in Welling­ton.

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