As the community of Fort McMurray heads into this Thanksgiving long weekend, there is a lot to be thankful for.
At the United Way, we are thankful for the generosity of Albertans and Canadians who have given us the ability to help many agencies who are deeply engaged in the recovery work of our community. Over 34-percent of pledges received through the United For Fort McMurray campaign and the Fire Aid for Fort McMurray concert are already at work in the community meeting short term needs resulting from the devastating wildfires.
Four weeks into the 2016 Community Campaign, we are making progress on our goal of meeting long-term community needs.
“We are off to a great start,” said Colin Hartigan, 2016 Community Campaign Chair. “We have eclipsed 30-percent thanks to the dedication of amazing workplace campaign chairs, their volunteer teams, and hundreds of citizens who want to be a part of ensuring a healthy and sustainable community. It is clear that many people feel that this is home and they want to invest in the work of United Way. I am incredibly proud and thankful. Now let’s put the final push on this campaign and meet the need of $8 million.”
Over $2.4 million has been pledged so far with six weeks to go in the annual fundraising drive to replenish the Community Investment Fund. While the campaign is ahead of where things were at the same time last year – the campaign was at 23-percent at this point in 2015 – there is still a long way to go to achieve our goal be meeting the needs.
“We’re going to keep the energy up and push through to the end,” said Hartigan. “We are going to need everyone to keep working hard and digging deep to get us to the finish line.”
Executive Director, Diane Shannon, is feeling especially grateful in light of the events that followed the wildfire of 2016.
“Gratitude is a word that is infused in everything we have experienced over the last 5 months,” she said. “At United Way we continue to be humbled by the outpouring of support.. We are touched and thankful for the generosity being shown as people pledge their support to continue to make this a community with the programs and services that we provide the best place to live for everyone, whatever their challenges or barriers.”