United Way of Cumberland County program support reaches entire region

Sam McNeish
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Fundraiisng campaign underway in support of member agencies

The United Way of Cumberland County has one simple goal.

Support the organizations that do yeoman service in the communities throughout Cumberland County.

AMHERST The United Way of Cumberland County has one simple goal.

Support the organizations that do yeoman service in the communities throughout Cumberland County.

The United Way recently kicked off its 2007 fundraising campaign seeking to raise $145,000, up $5,000 from last years total.

The efforts of the United Way are far more outreaching than people realize, Cathy Skinner, executive director of the United Way, said.

The programs we support touch the entire community from the very young to the elderly and everyone in between, she added.

The campaign commenced on Sept. 11 and will run through to Dec. 31 and, as in the past there are a variety of ways to contribute including payroll deduction or mail-in contributions.

Skinner wants the community to note there will be no door-to-door canvass.

One of the programs that the United Way has undertaken include the River Hebert Reading Program, one that is not listed in the brochure available to everyone.

This has just started and has been a huge success. We have Mount Allison students going into the community to help enhance literacy, Skinner said.

The VON has been a member agency of the United Way for many years and their service continues to help residents, especially seniors throughout the region. Programs such as Vial for Life, foot care, palliative care and others are supported through the United Way initiatives.

Maggies Place Family Resource Centre is offering a Pop Up program in Advocate, Parrsboro, Wallace, Pugwash, Oxford, River Hebert, Northport and Springhill, all made possible through United Way funding.

This initiative allows partners and children to enhance social skills in a structured and leaning setting. This will allow them to prepare to go to school.

The St. John Ambulance is another program supported by the United Way and without the service and its members; many sporting events and a host of other activities could not be held.

Liability for these programs calls for the services of St. John Ambulance volunteers and allows the event to be hosted cost-efficiently without having to pay EHS to be on site.

To make contributions or gain information of the United Way of Cumberland County write to:

49 Prince Arthur St., Lower Level

P.O. Box 535

Amherst, NS

B4H 4A1

Or call 902-667-2203 or fax to 902-667-3819



smcneish@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: United Way, Family Resource Centre

Geographic location: Cumberland County, Maggies Place, Oxford River Hebert

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