Beneficiant worker campaigns serving to to elevate United Approach drive

Generous employee campaigns helping to lift United Way drive

Audrey Kelway, program supervisor at River Metropolis Winery, unloads containers of meals that was bought because of one in every of three Emergency COVID-19 grants offered by the United Approach of Sarnia-Lambton because of each the Federal Authorities and a number of other native donors. The United Approach allotted $97,000 to River Metropolis Winery for washroom renovations, meals, and emergency shelter for as much as 10 girls and will likely be prepared this fall. Submitted

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The 2020 United Approach of Sarnia-Lambton marketing campaign continues to roll together with extra worker campaigns underway.

“As we finish Week 5, the fundraising has achieved $650,000, nonetheless behind final 12 months’s tempo, however worker marketing campaign chairs are reporting generosity throughout the workplaces,” stated marketing campaign chair Vicky Ducharme.

“We’ve had two worker drives end already, and each are over their 2019 complete,” she stated, pointing to the success at INEOS Styrolution and Reliance Dwelling Consolation.

Whereas the marketing campaign is sort of $200,000 behind final 12 months, Ducharme stated the hole is narrowing, and the United Approach has made up virtually $30,000 prior to now two weeks.

The realm’s largest worker campaigns are additionally nicely underway, together with Imperial, Nova, Suncor and Shell Canada. Each marketing campaign is taking a brand new method to their fundraising and no two campaigns are alike, stated Ducharme.

“Some have elected to go together with paper pledge playing cards, whereas others are utilizing quite a lot of on-line fundraising, and some campaigns have chosen worker donation rollovers the place an worker has an possibility to hold their present payroll deductions into subsequent 12 months,” she stated. “It truly is everywhere in the board, however the worker committees are making the selection based mostly on what’s finest of their office.”

TransAlta has began its worker marketing campaign. As with others, the company will match all worker contributions. TransAlta has had a couple of on-site occasions for workers and can transfer forward with a couple of extra on the Sarnia web site off Vidal Road.

Pembina Pipelines workers are beginning their worker pledge marketing campaign, together with persevering with with their Meats for Eats raffle. Tickets will quickly be out there for buy from any Pembina worker on the Corunna web site, or by calling the United Approach. Tickets are $10 every with a grand prize of a $1,000 Bluewater Beef reward card and a $500 pay as you go Visa. For extra particulars on the draw or to buy tickets, name 519 336-5452 or e mail

It has simply been introduced the LCBO Give-at-the-Until marketing campaign has been prolonged by one other week and can run to Oct. 18.

“I’d prefer to thank the staff and all the shoppers who’ve supported the marketing campaign thus far,” stated Ducharme. “ In 2019, over $40,000 was raised by LCBO workers and clients on the 11 Sarnia-Lambton shops.”

One among a number of native companies that obtained funding from the United Approach of Sarnia-Lambton earlier this 12 months was River Metropolis Winery in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

“We have been happy to be able to help so many native companies meet rising wants because of the COVID-19 pandemic, because of each the federal authorities and a number of other native donors,” stated Ducharme.

River Metropolis obtained a complete of $97,000 for washroom renovations to make sure secure distancing within the showers, together with one for transgendered people, and to construct 10 girls’s pods to permit girls to soundly keep on the shelter. The pods will likely be accomplished by the point the chilly winter arrives to accommodate girls. Earlier within the spring, River Metropolis additionally obtained $5,000 for emergency meals for his or her pantry.

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