The United Way Hastings & Prince Edward Counties says that has reached over half of its $1,970,000 fundraising goal as of the end of November 2017.
The agency says in a news release that it is continuing to challenge the community to support its fellow community members, who are facing difficult and vulnerable circumstances.
“At this time of giving, we are honored that the community continues to come forward to support those in need…but we still have a ways to go,” said Kathy Murphy, Executive Director.
The community led campaign has currently raised more than S1.1 million, and many campaigns are wrapping up in early to mid-December. These important dollars provided by the local community – go towards supporting agencies and programs that give a “hand up” versus a “hand out” – to many in need.
Weeks ago, at Deseronto Transit’s 10th anniversary, Mayor Norman Clark recalled a man who needed to find a way to get to work from his rural home.
Deseronto Transit (one of 75 United Way funded programs) provided this important transportation service, allowing Dave to gain employment, and remain working. Mayor Clark further recalls speaking to Dave some time later, and learning he earned enough money to eventually buy his own vehicle.
This “hand up” for Dave and many others, allows our fellow citizens in Prince Edward and Hastings Counties their independence and dignity, while participating in the economy.
“Every one of us is equally deserving of a dignified life,” says Ms. Murphy.
Money raised remains 100% local, and stays here in Hastings and Prince Edward county, serving one in three people in need.
It’s Your United Way and United Way Hastings and Prince Edward thanks all donors for their generosity and kindness.