The community campaign continues to gain momentum and get closer to the goal of meeting community needs. After three major campaigns announced their totals over the last few weeks, the current total is around $5.6 million, or 70-percent of the $8 million need.
“Congratulations to Syncrude, Suncor and Shell for running stellar campaigns,” said Colin Hartigan, 2016 Community Campaign Chair. “They worked so hard to share the United Way message through all areas of their companies. We are so grateful to each and every person who stepped up and supported the campaign whether financially or through participation in the campaign.”
Syncrude was the first to share their fundraising total of $2,220,293 on October 20th. Suncor revealed their total of $2,000,022 the following day. Shell Albian Sand announced a fundraising total of $746,620 on November 8th.
“There is so much to celebrate,” said Diane Shannon, Executive Director. “We are over two-thirds of the way to our goal, despite everything that this community has been through in the last year. This goal was less of a financial target and more of an acknowledgement of the level of need in our community. Considering the economy and the fact that we are recovering from one of the largest natural disasters in Canadian history, the level of generosity we continue to see is astounding.”
“We’re going to keep working hard right to the end of the year,” said Hartigan. “Every dollar counts. That’s the message. If you’ve never given to the United Way before we ask you to consider giving. The needs of our community programs and services are bigger than ever, and in light of the wildfire and the economic situation, more people are going to need help in the weeks and months to come.”
While the backbone of the annual United Way Community Campaign has always been workforce campaigns, people pledging through payroll deductions or participating in workplace fundraising events, Hartigan is hoping for support from new donors.
“The work of United Way funded agencies, programs and initiatives helps all of us, in ways that you might not even realize. I am challenging people to consider making a personal pledge to the Community Campaign. If we all gave a little, it would add up to a lot, and would put us in an even stronger position to meet community needs.”
Donations are accepted through The United Way of Fort McMurray website, on our downloadable app, or in person at our office in The Redpoll Centre at Shell Place.