United Way surpasses $6.5 million three-year goal

United Way surpasses $6.5 million three-year goal

Figure includes nearly $50,000 from Canfor-Vavenby

KAMLOOPS – United Way Thompson Nicola Cariboo announced a grand total of $7,233,045 raised over three years at their annual Campaign Celebration event at Cascades Casino.

“We are truly ecstatic about the success we have achieved over the past three years thanks to our donors, volunteers and overwhelming community support. By exceeding our goal of $6.5 million we are able to reach out through our entire region to help those in need recovering from the B.C. wildfires, those children who don’t have enough food on weekends and afterschool, and those who are isolated, lonely and losing hope daily,” says Danalee Baker, executive director of United Way TNC.

“We cannot express our appreciation enough for the generosity of all who give their dollars, their time and their hearts.”

Highlights of the evening included the announcement of $91,405 for “Feeding the Future” – an initiative tackling childhood hunger in Kamloops in collaboration with School District 73, Kamloops Food Bank and Rotary Clubs of Kamloops.

Wildfire recovery was also a large focus with announcements of $215,647 raised through the United for BC Wildfire Recovery Campaign and a $466,515 donation from the Canadian Red Cross that will be dedicated to the hiring of community wellness managers whose primary focus will be supporting mental wellness of individuals in affected communities

Workplace campaigns held strong throughout the region, with special recognition of top campaigns which included:

1. Teck Highland Valley Copper and United Steelworkers Local 7619 – $447,484

2. Domtar and Unifor Local 10-B – $118,287

3. Thompson Rivers University (TRUly United) – $64,921

4. City of Kamloops – $64,674

5. BMO – $58,710

6. Canfor Vavenby and United Steelworkers Local 1-417 – $49,958

7. Costco – $44,888

“Our region is incredibly generous and people want to give in whatever way they can. This campaign really showed the capacity and compassion our communities have,” noted senior manager of resource development, Sarah Sandholm.

Looking ahead to the 2018 campaign themed “Local Love”, new partnerships were announced including Home Hardware as the presenting sponsor of United Way’s Day of Caring initiative, and the announcement of the United Way truck pull and campaign kickoff on Sept. 28 in partnership with Domtar Inc. and Arrow Transportation.

United Way inspires people from all walks of life to come together to raise funds, volunteer and stimulate policy and attitude changes that lead to lasting change in the Thompson Nicola Cariboo region. We help to create pathways out of poverty, connect communities, and give every child the chance to thrive.