Day of Car­ing donors help Uni­way kick off $2M drive

The Observer (Sarnia) - - FRONT PAGE - NEIL BOWEN nbowen@post­media.com

Hands-on do­na­tions kicked off the 2017 United Way of Sar­nia Lambton’s $2-mil­lion fundrais­ing cam­paign that sup­ports ap­prox­i­mately 20 lo­cal groups ded­i­cated to help­ing peo­ple.

Dur­ing Tues­day’s Day of Car­ing, 220 vol­un­teers worked at 46 sites across Lambton, do­ing ev­ery­thing from yard­work for se­niors to clean­ing and main­te­nance at mem­ber agen­cies.

It gets work done for United Way’s part­ners in the com­mu­nity but also shows donors where their money is be­ing used, said United Way ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Dave Brown.

Chan­tal Mino of the Fam­ily Drop-In and Re­source Cen­tre called the an­nual event her fa­vorite day of the year.

The cen­tre pro­vides par­ent­ing classes, a sup­port­ive learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment for chil­dren up to six years old. The drop-in cen­tre at the Lochiel Ki­wa­nis Cen­tre is a satel­lite op­er­a­tion of St. Clair Child and Youth. The cen­tre’s staff han­dles the care of the pub­lic area used by 2,000 peo­ple an­nu­ally. but they don’t have time for jobs such as mount­ing a TV and white board on a wall or clean­ing of­fice win­dows.

Those jobs were done by the en­tire of­fice staff of Farm Credit Canada dur­ing the Day of Car­ing.

“It’s nice to give back to the com­mu­nity,” said Ryan Club of Farm Credit Canada. “It’s a great pro­gram here.”

An­other vol­un­teer, Mike Bell, said he saw 10 pages out­lin­ing work to be done dur­ing the Day of Car­ing: “Peo­ple need help.”

The United Way web­site pro­vides ac­cess to im­me­di­ate do­na­tions to the cam­paign.

It’s nice to help the com­mu­nity.”

Ryan Club, Day of Car­ing vol­un­teer from Farm Credit Canada

NEIL BOWEN/SAR­NIA OB­SERVER

Day of Car­ing vol­un­teers Wes Dy­mond and Jennifer MacKichan adds some sparkle to the of­fice of the Fam­ily Drop-In and Re­source Cen­tre.

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