Of­fi­cials wary of miss­ing the mark in United Way cam­paign

The Observer (Sarnia) - - COMMUNITY LISTINGS - DAVE BROWN

The United Way of Sar­nia-Lambton is edg­ing closer to its goal, but re­mains $400,000 from the $2-mil­lion ob­jec­tive and has reached the 80 per cent mark so far.

“We still have many em­ployee cam­paigns that are run­ning, in­clud­ing a cou­ple larger cam­paigns, but we are fear­ful that those cam­paigns may not be enough to get us to the goal,” said cam­paign chair Vicky Ducharme.

Ducharme ex­plained she hopes ev­ery­body who do­nated last year will do so again this year, and hopes the United Way will con­tinue to re­ceive a few sur­prises in the next cou­ple of weeks.

“We have had some phone calls from first-time donors and lo­cal com­pa­nies want­ing to know how they can donate and want­ing to make a dif­fer­ence with the cam­paign this year,” she said. “Hope­fully, that starts a trend and new donors will step up to help us bridge the gap and get closer to the 100 per cent level.

“We con­tinue to get re­tiree do­na­tions through the mail in­clud­ing an­nu­i­tants from Im­pe­rial Oil, and re­tirees from match­ing com­pa­nies like NOVA Chem­i­cals, and Ar­lanxeo as well.”

Ducharme said ev­ery do­na­tion helps and ev­ery donor is im­por­tant.

Nineteen funded agen­cies who pro­vide over 35 pro­grams and serv- ices de­pend on the United Way to con­tinue to of­fer their pro­grams to those in need in our com­mu­nity.

Cur­rently, 41 per cent of United Way fund­ing is used for youth pro­grams, pro­grams that keep kids in school, re­sult­ing in bet­ter achieve­ments in school, and out of con­flict with the law. Thirty per cent is used for fam­ily pro­grams, re­duc­ing fears of home­less­ness and pro­vid­ing men­tal-health pro­gram­ming, in­clud­ing sui­cide pre­ven­tion. The fi­nal 29 per cent is used for se­niors pro­grams. These pro­grams keep se­niors safe, healthy and in­de­pen­dent in their own homes for as long as pos­si­ble. The se­niors pro­grams also keep se­niors out of hos­pi­tals by pre­vent­ing falls, and at­tend­ing to mi­nor health prob­lems be­fore they be­come ma­jor health is­sues.

To donate, you can call the United Way of­fice at 519-336-5452 ext. 0.

Or log on to the lo­cal United Way of Sar­nia-Lambton web­site at www. the­unit­ed­way.on.ca and fol­low the links.

Or stop by the United Way of­fice at 420 East St. N. in Sar­nia.

Or fi­nally, con­tact your em­ployer and donate through the em­ployee cam­paign at your work­place.

The United Way of Sar­nia-Lambton cam­paign will run un­til the end of the year.

PHOTO COUR­TESY UNITED WAY OF SAR­NIA-LAMBTON

Tom Mc­Cord sur­vived a stroke and works out reg­u­larly un­der the care of the New Be­gin­nings, ABI & Stroke Re­cov­ery As­so­ci­a­tion.

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