United Way of Cumberland edging closer to goal

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Organization making final call to community for support

With just a few days to go, officials with the United Way of Cumberland are optimistic they will achieve their campaign goal of $150,000

Tammy Taylor (left) and Gary Tower of the Amherst branch of the Royal Bank present a $1,200 corporate donation to Cathy Skinner of the Cumberland United Way. The United Way is at about 88 per cent to its goal of $150,000 that supports nine member agencies in Cumberland County.

AMHERST – With just a few days to go, officials with the United Way of Cumberland are optimistic they will achieve their campaign goal of $150,000.

“As of right now we’re at about 88 per cent, but we usually have a lot of kits come in between Christmas and Jan. 1,” executive director Cathy Skinner said. “We’re getting to the crunch time, though. If there’s anyone out there who has been thinking of making a donation, but hasn’t, now is the time to do it.”

When the United Way of Cumberland kicked off its 2013 campaign in October it decided to keep the goal at $150,000. One of the reasons was because it hadn’t made the goal the previous two years, but most importantly the organization knew the financial pressures facing the community.

“Last year we finished at about 98 per cent. We were just a couple thousand dollars short,” she said. “We can make it this year with a few extra donations. We will have a number of kits coming in from employers over the next few days. We’re hoping those will push us closer to our goal.”

Skinner said the community has responded in a variety of ways, either by supporting the mail campaign, buying Tim Horton’s Smile cookies or by taking part in payroll deduction through their place of work. Others, she said, have dropped into the organization’s new location on Church Street.

Proceeds from the United Way go to support its nine member agencies including: the 211 Program, Amherst Pre-School Association, the Cumberland County Transportation Society, Cumberland County Transition House (Autumn House), Cumberland Early Intervention, Maggie’s Place, the Sexual Health Centre for Cumberland County, St. John Ambulance and the Victorian Order of Nurses.

Skinner said the nice thing about the United Way is the money that’s raised in Cumberland stays here in programs and services offered by its member agencies. Another benefit is there isn’t a lot of administration involved so almost all the money goes directly back to the community.

For further information, call 667-2203.

Organizations: United Way

Geographic location: Cumberland County, Church Street

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