United Way aims for $1.9M
Annual campaign launches with goal of raising close to $2 million for area agencies
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.
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.