Agent of Change to fund 18 programs

CFB Comox is looking to raise $45,000 towards the United Way $220,000 fundraising campaign.

This year the 1,800 civilian and non-civilian members at CFB Comox are looking to raise $45,000 towards the United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI) Comox Valley $220,000 fundraising campaign that launched in mid-September.

The theme of this year’s campaign is Agent of Change and will fund 18 local programs in the community that support kids and youth, people living in poverty and others dealing with isolation, mental illness and lack of community support.

“We are incredibly grateful for the support of CFB Comox and couldn’t ask for a better partner,” said Signy Madden, executive director, UWCNVI. “The base understands how important United Way-funded programs are to the community and during campaign time they work hard to raise vitally needed dollars for Comox Valley.”

United Way-funded programs fall under three impact areas, All That Kids Can Be, Poverty to Possibility and Healthy People, Strong Communities.

Donations this year will help nearly 1,600 people living in poverty or who are homeless as they recover from mental health and addiction issues. This is just an example of the impact that United Way makes in the Comox Valley.

United Way is grateful that CFB Comox has two employee campaign co-ordinators this year volunteering their time to spread the United Way message.

Sgt. Sonny Esteban and Capt. Jeremy Maltais as well as 30 other base representatives are raising funds for people in the Comox Valley who need the programs that United Way funds.

“The United Way campaign is just one way that 19 Wing Comox shows support for our local communities that we are so proud to be a part of,” said Col. Jim Benninger, 19 Wing Commander.

For additional information contact the UWCNVI office at 250-338-1151 or info@uwcnvi.ca or donate directly online through Canada Helps at www.uwcnvi.ca.

— United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island

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