2015 Campaign Co-Chairs, Kelly Bayda and Aimee June, held an emergency media conference today where they announced that the campaign is projected to fall approximately $200,000 short of the $2,015,000 goal.
“Your community needs you. We are asking everyone in CK to step forward in a very big way. We need 783 new ‘Everyday Heroes’ – donors giving a minimum of $365 or $1 a day – to achieve our target. This could be your business, you as an individual or you with your friends coming together to give this gift. Many of us in this community are very fortunate in our lives and we are asking you to help others in need,” said Kelly.
“We are not giving up. We can’t give up. There are 40,000 people in Chatham-Kent relying on us, relying on you. These people could be your family, friends, neighbours, or co-workers,” added Aimee.
Among those 40,000 people helped by a United Way funded agency, program, or service:
- 6,116 kids ate breakfast who would have otherwise gone hungry
- (Chatham-Kent Breakfast Program)
- 3,169 people received professional counselling services – on a geared to income basis- to help them deal with trauma (Family Service Kent)
- 208 people were able to reclaim some of their independence after suffering a brain injury or stroke (New Beginnings Club House)
- 684 kids and teens received grief and illness counselling at no cost, giving the children a safe place to work through trauma and loss (VON Kids Circle Program)
Donations to the campaign can be made online at www.uwock.ca, over the phone or in person at any of the three office locations. Those wishing to receive a 2015 income tax receipt are encouraged to submit their gift on or before December 31st.