Cumberland United Way has new home, renewed optimism

Darrell Cole
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2013 campaign underway

AMHERST – The Cumberland County United Way has a new home and renewed optimism it will achieve its campaign goal.

Cumberland County United Way vice-president David McNairn and executive director Cathy Skinner (right) look on as president Marsha Brenton cuts the ribbon officially kicking off the 2013 campaign and opening the organization’s new office at 16 Church St., Amherst.

AMHERST – The Cumberland County United Way has a new home and renewed optimism it will achieve its campaign goal.

The organization officially launched its 2013 campaign on Wednesday at its new quarters in the Maritime Professional Building on Church Street in Amherst, after spending close to two decades on Prince Arthur Street.

“This is a very positive move for our organization in that we have an office that’s centrally located in the downtown and is completely wheelchair accessible,” president Marsha Brenton said. “We were also fortunate to able to negotiable lease arrangement with the landlord and are looking forward to calling this location our home for years to come.”

The office is located on the second floor of the professional building, also known locally as the Maritime Block.

After failing to achieve its $150,000 campaign goal the last two years, United Way officials are confident they will reach the target this year. The goal is staying at $150,000, representing the minimum needs of its nine member agencies including the 211 Program, Amherst Pre-School Association, the Cumberland County Transportation Society, Cumberland County Transition House, Cumberland Early Intervention, Maggie’s Place, Sexual Health Centre for Cumberland, St. John Ambulance and the Victorian Order of Nurses.

“We came very close last year, raising just over $145,000. We’re looking at a few new initiatives and will be working to find some new donors that will help us achieve the goal this year,” vice-president David McNairn said.

Executive director Cathy Skinner said contributing to the United Way is very easy. Donors can come to the office and make a donation in person, they can call the office at 667-2203 and make a donation by Visa, they can respond to the annual mail-out or they can contribute through payroll deduction.

“Roughly 80 per cent of our donations come through payroll deduction,” she said. “It’s really as easy as contributing the cost of a cup of coffee to the United Way each week.”

She said supporting the United Way is one way people can support nine charities at once while helping those organizations continue to provide programs and services for seniors, children and families across Cumberland County.

“All the money raised is used locally,” she said.

Tim Hortons is continuing its support for the United Way’s annual campaign by again participating in the SMILE Cookie Days that run from Sept. 23 to 29. Last year, approximately $3,700 was raised through the SMILE cookies campaign.

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Organizations: United Way, Maritime Block, Cumberland County Transportation Society Cumberland County Transition House Sexual Health Centre for Cumberland Visa Tim Hortons

Geographic location: AMHERST, Church Street, Prince Arthur Street Cumberland County

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