United Way confident they’ll reach $150,000 mark

Dave Mathieson
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Waldale Manufacturing challenges other corporations to match or exceed their contribution

Employees at Waldale Manufacturing gathered outside their office in the Amherst Industrial Park to present a corporate donation of $5,000 to the United Way. Waldale also has 100 per cent participation in the United Way’s payroll deduction program and they challenge other companies to do the same. On hand for the cheque presentation was: (front, from left) Norma Haynes, Linda Long, Waldale president Todd Lawrence, executive director of the United Way Cathy Skinner, Darlene Brundage, Margo Gilbert, (back, from left) Elaine Beach, Derek Chitty, Debbie Boudreau and Curt Gunn. 

AMHERST – Every year for the last 55 years the United Way has supported organizations throughout Cumberland County, and Waldale Manufacturing, which is located in the Amherst Industrial Park, has been there every year since 1977.

“We’re challenging other productions companies to increase their payroll deductions and give a corporate donation to the United Way,” said Todd Lawrence, Waldale Manufacturing president, after he presented a $5,000 cheque to Cathy Skinner, executive director of the United Way. It was the first corporate donation of the United Way campaign season, which runs until Dec. 31.

The challenge is music to the ears of Skinner. The United Way fell short of its goal of raising $150,000 during last years campaign but are determined to make the $150,000 mark this year.

“There were a few businesses that closed last year that we usually have such as Pure Energy and a couple of government offices that closed, so we have to widen our search for new businesses and the board is making contact with them now,” said Skinner. “We’re also trying to improve on our payroll deduction and trying to get a few more people on that as well.”

Waldale has 100 per cent participation in its payroll deduction programs.

“The weekly payroll deductions we usually get a dollar or two per pay, and the bi-weekly ones it’s whatever people feel comfortable with,” said Skinner.

The United Way helps nine organizations throughout the county - 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.

“People might not use these services today but they might need them in the future,” said Skinner. “Whether it’s foot care from the VON, Meals on Wheels, Adult Day programs and programs that help families and seniors and children, these programs need money put into them so they can carry on.”

Skinner emphasizes that they are a countywide organization.

“We are throughout Cumberland County and when we’re looking at allocations to the agencies we make sure they are inclusive to all of Cumberland County,” she said.

The campaign wraps up Dec. 31 and right now they stand at about $25,000.

Every year the United Way posts a 4x8-foot board in Amherst showing the progress of the campaign.

“This year we’re going to have them out in Springhill, Oxford and Parrsboro,” said Skinner. “The signs will have a thermometer on them so people can see our progress.”

Anybody wanting to donate to the United Way can call 667-2203 or go to their office a 16 Church Street. They are on the second floor in unit 206.

“If there are any businesses our there that would like to have a campaign in their office we would be more than happy to bring a kit out to them,” said Skinner. “The kit includes payroll deduction forms, brochures and some information about the United Way.”



Organizations: United Way, Waldale Manufacturing, Cumberland

Geographic location: Cumberland County, AMHERST, Amherst Industrial Park Springhill Oxford Parrsboro Church Street

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