Uway campaign ends close to $1.8 million goal

At the close of the 2017 campaign for the combined United Way South Niagara (UWSN) and the United Way of Niagara Falls and Greater Fort Erie (UWNFGFE) came in just a little short, but, the agencies are still celebrating an awesome campaign. With a goal of $1.8 million for the campaign, the final numbers were close at $1,787,922.

“We are extremely grateful to our volunteers and donors alike who share their generosity with the community through United Way each and every year,” said Tamara Coleman-Lawrie, Executive Director UWNFGFE and UWSN Simply put, we would not be able to support more than 100 life-changing programs across Niagara if it wasn’t for the people in our community who give to United Way”.

This year’s Campaign Co-Chairs Aaron and Kyle Boggio of the Boggio Family of Pharmacies applauded the hard work put in by people behind the scenes.

“A significant amount of behind the scenes planning and hard work go into organizing each year’s United Way Campaign,” Aaron Boggio said. “This year was no exception. Without the support of our donors and the hard work of hundreds of volunteers the United Way would not be the success that it is in the Niagara Region.”

“My brother, Kyle, and I both agreed to be the United Way campaign co-chairs this year because we feel that the United Way truly makes a difference in the communities that we operate our pharmacies in,” he said.  “We feel that there is an obligation to give back to those communities that support us. In our minds, volunteering for and donating to the United Way has always been a simple and effective way of giving back.”

The United Way’s role is to help raise funds for community programs. Some such examples are Port Cares, Fort Erie Multicultural Centre, Positive Living Niagara, Meals on Wheels, Women’s Place of South Niagara and more. For a complete list of agencies and a full report on where funds raised are used visit the United Way website: http://www.unitedwayniagara.org/ .

“United Way of Niagara Falls and Greater Fort Erie and United Way South Niagara are always working to improve lives locally by moving people from poverty to possibility, helping kids be all they can be, and building strong and healthy communities,” said UWNFGFE board president Jeff Klassen. “This year’s campaign was a success and together with our donors and our partnership agencies we are creating lasting change in our local community.”

Next fall, three United Way of Niagara will be amalgamating. The United Way of South Niagara, The United Way of St. Catharines and The United Way of Niagara Falls and Greater Fort Erie have been taking steps to work together to serve the Niagara community as ‘United Way Niagara.’

“With all the work that has gone into the Amalgamation process over the past 14 months, I am quite excited by all the hard work done by the three Boards of Directors and with all the possibilities and synergies for the new Niagara United Way,” said Cassie Kelly, UWSN Board President. “We are looking forward to the further impact we will have in our Niagara community.”

 


 

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