Drive falls short

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page - BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL News Staff

The United Way/Cen­traide of Stor­mont, Dun­das and Glen­garry wrapped up its 2015 fundrais­ing cam­paign last month hav­ing reached 91 per cent of its tar­get of $710,000, but the chap­ter’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor is none­the­less pleased with the re­sults.

“We didn’t quite reach our goal. How­ever, we raised a sig­nif­i­cant amount of money and we’re re­ally very, very grate­ful to ev­ery­one who do­nated. The sup­port that we re­ceived from peo­ple all through­out SD&G is re­mark­able,” Lori Greer told The

News last week. “But do­na­tions do con­tinue to come in, so we’re hope­ful that maybe the fi­nal to­tal ( about $646,000) will in­crease a lit­tle bit over the next month or so.”

The 2015 cam­paign was launched in mid-Septem­ber with an orig­i­nal end- date of De­cem­ber 18. How­ever, with only 82 per cent of the $710,000 goal hav­ing been raised by that time, it was de­cided to ex­tend the cam­paign to Jan­uary 15.

Ms. Greer said there “isn’t any one rea­son to pin­point” why the cam­paign fell short – by just un­der $64,000 – of its tar­get for 2015. She added that the chap­ter won’t know how the short­fall will af­fect fund­ing for pro­gram­ming and ini­tia­tives it of­fers to 17 mem­ber agen­cies across the United Coun­ties un­til the group’s au­dit is com­pleted this spring.

Michael Galvin, the 2015 cam­paign chair­man ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to­wards the chap­ter’s “amaz­ing staff and vol­un­teers,” and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who do­nated to this year’s cam­paign, while ac­knowl­edg­ing that there is room for im­prove­ment. “It would have been ideal to reach our goal, but it just means that we have to re-fo­cus and move for­ward to next year’s cam­paign,” said Mr. Galvin.

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