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United Way falls short of goal in Campbell River

The United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI) fundraising campaign Change Starts Here wrapped up in early January and most of the donations and pledges are in.

While just under $1 million was raised throughout the Central Island, Comox Valley and Campbell River area, the Campbell River campaign did not meet its target raising only$ 91,500 of the $125,000 target.

“We know campaign is down because of the economy. That, however, is only part of it. We need to recruit a strong campaign cabinet in Campbell River for the 2013 campaign,” said Signy Madden, Executive Director, UWCNVI.  “Local leadership is vital and so we are putting the call out to people to join us.

“Campaign experience is valuable to those building their careers and rewarding for those who just want to keep the community strong through locally funded programs.

Twenty-six workplaces ran employee campaigns and many local companies made donations.

The top employee campaigns included Nrystar Myra Falls, VIHA Campbell River, London Drugs and RBC Campbell River.

“Thank you to everyone who worked hard on campaign this year,” said Jim Forsyth, UWCNVI board member and leadership donor. “Our donors and employee campaign co-ordinators are amazing people who care about helping others through United Way funded programs.”

Donations directly help hundreds of people in our community through the amazing work by our 10 community partners who support kids to be all they can be, empower people to move from poverty to possibility and help create healthy, strong communities. The 2012/13 partners are:

  • Campbell River Adult Care
  • Campbell River Family Services Society
  • Campbell River North Island Transition Society
  • Canadian Red Cross – Equipment loan program
  • Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society
  • The John Howard Society - Kidstart program
  • North Island Supportive Recovery Society
  • North Island Survivor’s Healing Society – Women’s addiction
  • Sexual Wellness & Education Society – Youth programs for sexual health
  • Vancouver Island North Women’s Resource Society

Employee giving programs, donations and volunteers are sought throughout the year. Contact UWCNVI at 250-729-7400 or info@uwcnvi.ca or visit www.uwcnvi.ca to learn more how you can help.

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