The slow start to the 2014 United Way Perth-Huron campaign is in the rear-view mirror.
A much-needed $82,000 was raised for the agency during its fourth annual Care-A-Van of Hope, bringing the campaign to almost 70 per cent of its $1.17 million goal – a far cry from the only 20 per cent that had been collected back in early November.
United Way staff and supporters - including campaign co-chairs John Bates and Wayne Smith - travelled both counties on Thursday, Dec. 11. The goal was two-fold: to raise awareness about the United Way and to raise money towards this year’s campaign.
The tour left the United Centre in Stratford via a chartered bus, and throughout the day made stops at Scotiabank branches in St. Marys, Exeter, Goderich, Listowel, Milverton, Mitchell and Stratford to collect the money raised at the branches the week prior, accept additional donations from those gathered, hear stories from United Way member agencies, and receive greetings from local dignitaries.
“We had an incredible journey," said Bates. "we all heard about the work of our agency partners and those we serve. We know that the money we raise each year is making an impactful difference in our community.”
From Dec. 4-11, Scotiabank branches across Perth and Huron collected donations and promoted the work of the United Way. The total raised during the Care-A-Van of Hope includes $15,000 that was matched by Scotiabank, and is over $6,861 more than what was raised last year.
Donations for the United Way campaign are still being accepted until February.