Day of Caring donors help Uniway kick off $2M drive
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
Day of Caring volunteers Wes Dymond and Jennifer MacKichan adds some sparkle to the office of the Family Drop-In and Resource Centre.