19 Wing Cheque Presentation for United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island. L-R

19 Wing Cheque Presentation for United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island. L-R

United Way’s donors funding 18 community programs in the Comox Valley

Alano Club and CV Hospice among benefactors

United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI) is pleased to announce that due to the generosity of all our Comox Valley donors giving to the 2014 campaign, 18 essential social service programs are being funded for the next 12 months.

This year United Way is funding 18 programs in the Comox region – four of them are new programs – including childcare services to single and working parents during support meetings (Alano Club of Courtenay), a music therapy program for settling palliative care patients and their families (Comox Valley Hospice Society), a homeless outreach program (Dawn to Dawn: Action on Homelessness), and a program designed to educate youth on leadership, social issues and local volunteer organizations (Volunteer Comox Valley). For a complete list of programs, please visit www.uwcnvi.ca.

United Way’s donors in Comox Valley are individuals, corporate and labour partners, as well as many employees in workplaces. Two workplaces that lead the way in their commitment to helping our community were 19 Wing and Costco. 19 Wing raised $51,000 through their 2014 workplace campaign. Approximately half of the funds raised by 19 Wing were through employees’ commitments through payroll, while the remainder was fundraised through Unit and Wing level events such as bake sales, hockey tournaments, car washes and BBQs.

“19 Wing had fantastic participation in the 2014 Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign, pulling together to raise over $51,116, surpassing our goal of $50,000 as well as funds raised from previous years,” says Captain Kirsten MacFadyen, Operations and Training Officer at 21 Canadian Forces Health Services Centre Comox. “Community support for the 2014 19 Wing GCWCC was outstanding, helping us to give back to the local community by raising money to support local programs. It’s a win-win situation.” MacFadyen co-chaired the 2014 campaign for the base.

Costco wasn’t far behind, raising $50,100 during their 2014 workplace campaign. Thanks to Annie Quinn and Kyle Dubbin from Costco, who oversaw the campaign. Costco has a longstanding commitment to United Way with 100 percent of their staff giving.

Thank you to all of our 2014 workplace campaign participants: Association of BC Forest Professionals, BC Hydro, BCAA, BMO, CIBC, Comox Valley Regional District, Corix Water Products Ltd, Costco, 19 Wing, Defence Construction Canada, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, First Credit Union, First Insurance Agencies Ltd, Best Buy, ICBC, Island Health, London Drugs, North Island College, Presley & Partners, RBC, Scotiabank, Service Canada, Shell Canada, Federal Retirees, TD Bank and UPS.

If you are interested in participating in a 2015 workplace campaign, please contact Gillian Tidey at 250.591.8731 or rda@uwcnvi.ca.