United Way launches 2012 “Change Starts Here” campaign

$120,000 target set for Campbell River United Way campaign

United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI) has launched its annual “Change Starts Here” campaign to raise $120,000 for critically needed programs for kids, youth and seniors in and around Campbell River.

UWCNVI is targeting companies, employee campaign teams in workplaces, labour organizations and individuals to donate the much-needed funds.

Campbell River United Way board member Jim Forysth says: “This is an uncertain economic time particularly in the North Island and the need for support programs is increasing. The United Way fuels the outstanding work of our partner agencies who work directly with the children, youth and seniors at risk. Your donation helps people learn new skills, combat addictions and creates support for vulnerable seniors.”

If you would like to volunteer, donate, start a work place campaign or make bequest, call UWCNVI Community Development Coordinator Brad Bayly at 250-702-2911. Donations can be made online at www.uwcnvi.ca or by calling 250-287-3213.

The campaign will fund 10 local organizations including: the Campbell River Adult Care, the Campbell River Family Services Society, the Campbell River North Island Transition Society, the Canadian Red Cross Equipment loan program, the Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society, the John Howard Society Kidstart program, the North Island Supportive Recovery Society, the North Island Survivor’s Healing Society, the Women’s Addiction, Sexual Wellness & Education Society and the Vancouver Island North Women’s Resource Society.