United Way of Greater Victoria Sets Community Campaign Target at $6 Million.
Ali can’t remember having a real home. She was five when she went into her first foster home and she moved a lot after that. She had lost hope – she dropped out of school and was drinking and using drugs. Then she connected with Pandora Youth Apartments, a United Way funded program and she not only found a home, she found a way to better future. This year she graduated from Camosun and plans to pursue a degree in Child and Youth Care at UVic.
There are many more stories like Ali’s – people in Greater Victoria who need support from a caring community in order to thrive. Today the United Way announced their 2012 community campaign goal of $6 million. $6 Million will go a long way to support people like Ali and make this a stronger community for everyone.
Campaign chair, John Guthrie, CIBC Regional Manager made the announcement this morning at the campaign kickoff at Victoria’s Ogden Point. Guthrie said that funding requests last year exceeded available funds nearly two to one. “The need is great, we know that” said Guthrie Wednesday morning.
“Many of our community partners aren’t able to provide some important programs for people to get the help when they need it. $6 million is an achievable goal, this community is incredibly generous and we have high hopes that we will exceed the goal. United Way is still going strong after 75 years and we know this community will dig deep and join the United Way in creating bright futures for kids, people living in poverty or struggling with other issues.”
This year’s 75th Anniversary kick off is proudly supported by CUPE 50 and CUPE BC and for the first time United Way is proudly flying their colors with banners supported by the Victoria Labour Council, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the City of Victoria.
United Way is one of the most cost-effective ways of giving to the community, providing resources which fuel programs benefiting tens of thousands throughout Greater Victoria and the southern Gulf Islands. For more information on how you can contribute to your community through United Way, please call 250-385-6708 or go to www.uwgv.ca