The United Way of Perth Huron is appealing to the community to help with a potential shortfall of $65,000.
The annual campaign will come to a close on January 31, and United Staff staff and volunteers are working hard to make up the potential difference.
Over 50 agencies, projects, and divisions across Perth and Huron counties are dependent on funding from United Way.
“While our campaign has gone smoother than the last two years up to this point, we find ourselves fighting to make it to the finish line,” says United Way executive director Ryan Erb.
“We are counting on the people of Perth and Huron to once again help us reach our goal. With one in three people in our community relying on us, we won’t give up until we get there.”
Campaign manager Lesley Spencer Cooper notes the agency has seen growth in this year’s campaign in terms of new donors and historical donors renewing their commitments, but the struggle has been due to an overall drop in giving from workplaces and individuals.
The United Way of Perth Huron increased its campaign goal from $1,052,011 in 2011 to $1,082,012 this year to address the increasing needs of its agencies.
“We knew it would be challenging to increase the goal so substantially,” says Erb, “but we also know that we have a responsibility to provide for the needs of the people.
“With more challenging economic times, programs have additional clients with more varied needs.”
Donations can be made to United Way of Perth Huron by calling 519-271-7730 or 1-877-818-8867 or by visiting www.perthhuron.unitedway.ca.