There’s more to United Way than fundraising

United Way campaign kickoff Thursday

United Way LogoThe beginning of school isn’t the only thing marked by the end of summer. It is also the time of year when United Way is busy preparing to launch the beginning of a new campaign year. A typical United Way kickoff event includes the announcement of its fundraising goals to the community. While financial goals are important, they are not the only goals that make a United Way year successful.

In a service area populated by over 200,000 people, together with the community’s help, United Way Niagara Falls and Greater Fort Erie (UWNFGFE) and United Way South Niagara (UWSN) will directly impact the lives of 68,649 local individuals through the provision of excellent programs and services. As UWNFGFE and UWSN approach the annual fundraising campaign together, they would like to focus the community’s attention on the following goals:

  • Provide programs to 985 children to help them succeed in school.
  • Provide assistance to 30,338 individuals who are struggling with food insecurity.
  • Provide mental health support services to 5,703 folks to help stabilize their lives.
  • Organize and host at least 10 community education opportunities.
  • Recruit volunteers to execute at least one Day of Caring for a local agency.
  • Increase the number of volunteer hours contributed to United Way work by 5%.
  • Increase the number of opportunities for volunteer income tax clinics by 10%.
  • Increase the number of individuals donating to the United Way by 5%.
  • And finally, raise $1.8 million to invest in our communities.

WHAT: 2016 Campaign Kick Off Celebration Breakfast and Agency Showcase WHO: UWNFGFE and UWSN, along with over 30 program and service providers WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 15th, 2016 from 7:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

WHERE: Heartland Forest, 8215 Heartland Forest Dr., Niagara Falls, Ont.

WHY: The kickoff gives United Way funded agencies the opportunity to educate the community on programs and services they provide and includes an announcement of United Way’s 2016 campaign goals.

United Way is a leader in bringing together resources needed to improve lives and strengthen communities. Along with a network of community partners, United Way invests in preventive social services throughout the Niagara area to build a healthy, caring and inclusive community.

Source – United Way South Niagara press release



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