United Way short of target

The 2010 campaign has come to a close for United Way in the Comox Valley.

While there were some very successful workplace campaigns, UW did not quite reach its target goal this year.

United Way locally received requests for funding over $373,000 from community agencies, but raised less than half that amount this year, closing the books at just over $157,000.

“We had some very successful workplace campaigns, but with so many funding requests from the community we know the need is great,” Brad Bayly, United Way community development co-ordinator for the area, commented in a news release.

Bayly noted there were some very successful campaigns this year: CFB Comox broke the $40,000 mark in donations, as well as RBC, Scotiabank and CIBC all set record highs for employee and corporate giving.

“I think this is a good reminder to us that we are a community-based organization and everyone should be concerned with the amount of need,” said Jon Ambler, Comox Valley campaign chair. “Even when we see such fantastic results for a few, every little bit matters in the end.

“Donations both big and small are equally important in these tough economic times. Don’t forget, the United Way is all about raising money for needs right here in the Comox Valley.”

The United Way is remaining optimistic about the future and thanks everyone who supported this year’s campaign, adding, “We really would like to thank the generous donors in this community who give through payroll or as individuals. Without you we would not be able to do the work that is so needed in this community.”

United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island represents communities from Ladysmith to Campbell River and raised a total of $940,000 this year for supporting local community programs.

If your business is interested in partnering with the United Way or would like to offer the opportunity for your employees to donate, contact bvbayly@uwcnvi.ca for more information.

— United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island


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