United Way campaign exceeds $200,000 for the Comox Valley

The United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island fundraising campaign Change Starts Here wrapped up in January.

The United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI) fundraising campaign Change Starts Here wrapped up in January.

To date, $203,000 has been raised or pledged towards the $225,000 target for the Comox Valley. The 2012 campaign total is similar to that raised in the 2011 campaign. Just under $1 million was raised for the Central Island, the Comox Valley and Campbell River.

“Our donors are amazing people and the success of this campaign speaks to how passionately they care about helping others in need. Despite difficult economic times, our donors know the value of funding strong social programs. I am grateful to all those who worked so hard on campaign,” said Signy Madden, executive director, UWCNVI.

“However, the requests for funding are increasing. We need to build our campaign team this year and recruit some new board members to help us ensure that social services stay strong in Comox Valley.”

Donations directly help hundreds of people in our community through the work by United Way’s 11 community partners who support kids to be all they can be, empower people to move from poverty to possibility and help create healthy, strong communities. The community partners are:

• Boys & Girls Club

• Canadian Red Cross – anti -bullying program for youth

• Central Island Crisis Society – Suicide prevention program

• Comox Valley Family Services – Help for disadvantaged families

• Comox Valley Head Injury Society

• Comox Valley Senior Peer Counselling – Seniors supporting seniors

• Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society

• Comox Valley Transition Society – Mentoring for those at risk for violence, substance or exploitation abuse

• Eureka Club – Adults teaching kids about mental illness through puppets

• Stepping Stones Recovery House for Women Society

• Wachiay Friendship Centre Society.

United Way’s Better at Home program to help keep seniors living at home will begin in the Comox Valley, Nanaimo, Parksville, Port Hardy and Port Alberni this year.

Employee giving programs, donations and volunteers are sought throughout the year. Contact UWCNVI at 250-729-7400 or info@uwcnvi.ca or visit www.uwcnvi.ca to learn more how you can help.

— United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island

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