The United Way’s Community Campaign is over 50-percent of the way to its goal of meeting community needs. Just over $4 million has been pledged so far, or 52-percent of the $8 million target.
“This is a great place to be with four weeks to go,” said Colin Hartigan, 2016 Community Campaign Chair. “We are seeing an extraordinary effort by our workplace campaign chairs and their canvassers. They are pouring their hearts into this and we can’t thank them enough.”
The campaign received a significant uplift earlier this weekend when MNP presented a cheque for $50,000.
“Every dollar is going to make a difference,” said Diane Shannon, Executive Director. “We are so grateful to everyone who has stepped up to invest in our community. We know that these are challenging times as the community recovers from the fire and struggles through a difficult economy. But in true Fort McMurray fashion, people are going above and beyond to help.”
The United Way currently funds 30 agencies and over 65 programs. The funds generated during the 2016 Community Campaign will provide essential community support in the 2017-2018 funding cycle.
“We know the need is greater than ever before,” said Hartigan. “We need to keep the energy going because the agencies and the people they help are counting on us. I’m extremely proud of the entire campaign team for their hard work and dedication.”
To support the theme of this year’s campaign, a video has been released called “This Is Home”. It can be viewed by clicking here.
The Community Campaign wraps up on November 18, though donations will continue to roll in until the end of the year.