United Way get­ting close to 60% of goal

The Observer (Sarnia) - - LIFE -

DAVE BROWN

The 2018 United Way of Sar­ni­aLambton cam­paign is climb­ing closer to the 60 per cent level as many of the in­dus­trial cam­paigns are be­gin­ning to wind down.

“Shell Canada em­ploy­ees are wind­ing down their cam­paign, and we are hope­ful that we will re­ceive those num­bers soon,” cam­paign chair Vicky Ducharme said.

“The Shell cam­paign ran over a shorter time pe­riod this fall, and the cam­paign team had ini­tially in­di­cated that they were be­hind their pro­jected tar­get. We have now been told, the site re­ally came to­gether for us in the end and some pos­i­tive news may be headed our way.”

Shell Canada matches all em­ployee and re­tiree do­na­tions.

INEOS Sty­ro­lu­tion is also near­ing the com­ple­tion of its em­ployee cam­paign and is very close to reach­ing its cam­paign goal.

Cabot Canada has al­ready ex­ceeded $32,000 and is just a few thousand dol­lars from its 2018 goal.

“Many of the Sar­nia and Lambton County schools have re­ally come through for us this year,” Ducharme said. “There are a large num­ber of schools that are above last year’s re­sults, and some have dou­bled, or more than dou­bled their 2017 re­sults.”

So far, 2,472 donors have al­ready pledged their sup­port, and it is ex­pected that about 5,000 donors are needed to reach the $2-mil­lion goal.

“To date, we have reached $1,175,000, and be­cause of the ex­pected Shell Canada Em­ploy­ees re­sults, and a cou­ple large cor­po­rate gifts that are due any day, we be­lieve we will have a spike in the cam­paign fig­ures very shortly,” Ducharme said.

While many in­dus­trial em­ployee cam­paigns are end­ing, the United Way is fo­cused on new launches, in­clud­ing Lambton Col­lege, the City of Sar­nia and County of Lambton, Blue­wa­ter Health, and just re­cently, Wor­leyPar­sons and SNC Lavalin.

Ducharme said the United Way is pleased to part­ner with the Dante Club on Thurs­day, Nov. 15, for a Pasta Fest.

“This is the first time we have col­lab­o­rated with the Dante Club, and we are ex­cited to wel­come in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies to the pasta din­ner on Thurs­day from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.,” she said.

Both eat-in and take-out is avail­able, she added.

Tick­ets can be re­served by call­ing the United Way at 519 336-5452, and walk-ins are also en­cour­aged. Tick­ets are $15 each.

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