United Way campaign enters final stretch trailing behind last year

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The Sarnia-Lambton United Way is appealing for donations to help with this year’s fundraising campaign.

Executive Director Dave Brown said there are just four weeks left to go in the annual initiative, and so far only $975,000 or 55 per cent of the $1.75 million goal has been raised.

“We are continuing to lag behind last year, so we were hoping to be further ahead than where we are at now,” said Brown. “The campaign as you can imagine has been a challenge, but we’re expecting some big movement in the next week or so. ARLANXEO, and NOVA employees are down to the last couple of days of their campaigns, so we would hope to get their results either at the end of this week or the beginning of the next. Shell has wrapped up and their numbers could be coming in at any time.”

He said the money helps 20 local agencies providing 40 programs and services in the community, including Sarnia-Lambton Rebound, Lambton Elderly Outreach and Community Living.

“We’re in the last of our three year funding agreement with the agencies, so we’ll have potentially less money to give out to the agencies but we don’t have any commitments to finish a funding term,” he said. “We are in the process of now doing the new funding beginning April 1, 2022.”

Brown said so far, 1,830 donors have contributed to this year’s fundraising effort.

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