Cambridge North Dumfries United Way And Volunteerism Make Their Mark On Our Community
When the economy is forging ahead, and money is flowing, it's much easier to bring change to the needs of the community. However, when prosperity is in question, when people and organizations aren't flush and job opportunities seem to evaporate...it's a different ball game and a much more challenging strategy to bring the annual much needed operating funds for so many of our vital agencies and support groups.
The latter was the case for not only our United Way Campaign, but campaigns clear across the nation. There is no question that amazing people passionate about their communities, stepped up to the plate and made things happen.
One such person was young Cameron Hass. A tremendous youth who started saving his money to buy shoes for people who use the food bank for not only food but clothing as well. What a kid! What a campaign! What an inspiration!
$2,369,921 Goal Is Achieved For 2012 Campaign
It is with great pride that United Way of Cambridge and North Dumfries announces that our 2012 fundraising campaign has raised $2,369,921! The campaign ran from September 2012 until February 2013.
Funds were raised from a variety of sources, including: corporate donations, individual gifts, employee giving through payroll deductions, sponsorships, and money raised through special events.
United Way hosted a Community Achievement Night on February 13th to celebrate the best in giving, volunteering and acting in 2012. Over 200 guests were in attendance and the campaign total was announced to the crowd. The evening celebrated donors, companies, employees, and volunteers who give, volunteer, and act to improve our community with United Way.
Volunteer Campaign Chair, Rita Westbrook, was excited about the results, “I’m amazed when I see what a committed group of people can do with the community’s support. It really shows you how much people care and are willing to give to help others.”
Ron Dowhaniuk, the Executive Director of United Way of Cambridge and North Dumfries, echoed her comments, “our community truly understands how to come together and get things done. Even in this economy, people understand how important the role of United Way is and how it changes lives. United Way impacts 1 in 3 local citizens every year. ”
The funding will be used to continue services that tens of thousands of local residents rely upon. United Way is second only to government when it comes to funding social services. United Way works to move people from poverty to possibility; help kids be all that they can be; and build healthy people and strong communities.
United Way makes connections, builds lives and works with the whole community to make change happen. We believe that the course of a life can be changed with a simple act. Give. Volunteer. Act.
Inspirational Keynote Speaker
Drew Dudley is the former National Chair of Canada’s largest fundraiser for post-secondary students, Shinerama: Students Fighting Cystic Fibrosis. After serving as the Director of Canada’s largest university leadership Community Achievement Night development program, he founded Nuance Leadership in 2010, and works with organizations around the world to empower people to develop their leadership capacity. He has spoken to over 100,000 people around the world, and appeared on The Huffington Post, Forbes.com, and the main page of TED.com.