At the 2016 Annual Campaign Kick-Off, Co-Chairs – Steve Pratt and Patricia Wright – announced a goal of $1,900,000.

The United Way Mission is “to improve lives and build community.” Donations to and through the annual United Way campaign are invested in programs that help people cope with the numerous challenges of daily life – those associated with poverty, addiction, mental illness and physical disabilities.  United Way’s Campaign Co-Chairs know – first-hand – the difference United Way dollars are making in the lives of one in three Chatham-Kent residents.

“This year’s goal is a modest increase over last year’s achievement of $1,852,699.  While we know that the requests from United Way’s funded agencies are likely to exceed the amount raised during the campaign, we also know that there are a number of other deserving charitable causes also raising funds in our community.  It is our hope that the citizens of Chatham-Kent will help us surpass this year’s target and ensure that these vital health and social services will be there for people like me and Patricia.  In our current economy, we believe that $1.9 Million is realistic and United Way is worthy of support,” said Steve.

Those on hand to pledge their support at the Kick-Off Event included Union Gas, Chamberlain/Mercury Design & Print, Greenfield Specialty Alcohols, Christian Labour Association, Councillor Brock McGregor, Municipality of Chatham-Kent and many of the agencies who administer United Way partner programs.

“The community support displayed tonight is very encouraging.  We have already achieved 20% of our target.  Steve and I, along with other United Way volunteers and staff, will work tirelessly this fall/winter to achieve – and hopefully surpass – our goal,” added Patricia.

As part of the campaign launch, “L’il Red” annual contribution envelopes have been mailed and will be arriving in mailboxes early next week. If you do not receive your “L’il Red”, please call the United Way office at 519-354-0430. You can also go to www.uwock.ca  to make a confidential, secure on-line donation.

To pledge your support or get involved in the 2016 Campaign please contact Patricia Wright patriciamwright@hotmail.com, 519-365-5124 or Steve Pratt stevep80@gmail.com, 226-494-1533.