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United Way gaining on 50%-mark of campaign

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The United Way has now reached $875,000 of the $1.9 Million fundraising effort.

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“We hope to reach the 50 per cent mark in the next week, and hopefully the $1-million mark soon after that,” said campaign chair Vicky Ducharme.

Highlights of the past week include two events that the United Way was involved with.

“Our bottle drive run by On The Dot Delivery Services far exceeded even their own expectations reaching well over $3,000; more than twice the goal they had set,” said Ducharme.

“I would like to thank everybody at On The Dot Deliver, all of their families, and of course the donors and volunteers who donated bottles and cans,” she said. “I understand the staff at the local Beer Stores were very helpful, too.”

The Frozen Meal take out service that was sponsored by Libro Credit Union and the Lambton Cattlemen’s Association and partnered with the Dante Club also surpassed its goal. Close to 300 meals were picked up ono Friday evening.

Ducharme said they have not yet completed the count, but it is expected the United Way raised well over $4,000.

New Beginnings, ABI & Stroke Recovery Association held a spaghetti fundraiser for the United Way and over 80 hot meals were sold during their event with all proceeds going to the United Way campaign, LEO in Recess Corners is holding a Chili Lunch next week.

Lambton College employees wrapped up their campaign this week with several industrial campaigns starting to winding down.

An announcement is expected in the coming days that the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton will make $107,000 in COVID-19 related investments.

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“This is part of the Emergency Community Response Fund, Round 2 that we worked with the Federal Government on,” said United Way president Jason Killingsworth.

“We are so grateful that the federal government had the confidence in the United Way movement across Canada, including here in Sarnia-Lambton to make much needed, and valuable funding decisions, first with the ECSF Round 1, in the spring, and now round two that just wrapped up this week.”

The funding will be provided to assist charitable organizations who are not only affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic, but who also service vulnerable populations in the Sarnia-Lambton community.

The Community Foundations of Canada also received funding across the county to fund local community programs and services that are also struggling with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have an excellent relationship with the Sarnia Community Foundation and like Round 1, we were in regular communications with them to make sure there were no gaps or duplications in funding,” he said.

He added that the two organizations are regularly in contact to share information and ensure three are no duplicate funding.

The United Way of Sarnia-Lambton campaign will continue to the end of the year leaving just five weeks remaining before Christmas.

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