United Way Milton proudly announced that their 2013 campaign has exceeded its target thanks to strong corporate, employee and residential support. The agency is thrilled to celebrate this moment, as it is the first time in our 33-year history that the local community fundraising campaign has surpassed the $700,000 milestone!
"Our volunteer campaign cabinet worked really hard this year, starting before the summer and right to the very end of the year to ensure we met our goal of $705,300," shared Melissa Janjevich, volunteer Campaign Chair at the February 13 Campaign "Touchdown" event. "When you stop and think about how far United Way has come, it's truly amazing. In 1972, a team of local residents and business people succeeded in raising $37,000 to support local social service agencies. Here we are more than 30 years later with an impressive campaign total of $710,100. And we won't be able to stop there...every year, demand for services grows as more and more families make Milton their home."
"Thank you to every company, employee group, family, and individual who contributed whatever they could afford, to make this campaign such an overwhelming success. It is truly heart-warming to be a part of this great and generous community!"
United Way Milton is now confident that its 2014 allocations process will be able to fulfill most of the requests for funds by local social service agencies and programs. All programs are evaluated considering United Way Milton's criteria to:
- Develop happy, healthy children
- Mentor teens to reach their full potential
- Create stronger families and safer neighbourhoods
- Sustain senior independence, and
- Support people rebuilding their lives.
"Passing the $700,000 mark means more than a generous community and committed leadership from our corporate friends," commented United Way CEO Kate Williamson. "It means that we outperformed our already stellar numbers from last year, and were capable of uplifting and empowering the many people who depend on us for support including new families, newcomers to Canada, first-time parents, and struggling youth. You believed in United Way Milton and you have made the day-to-day lives of your neighbours just a little bit easier."
United Way Milton is a self-sustained agency, meaning that every dollar raised comes from and stays in our community. In addition to personal donations, United Way relies on corporate contributions, employee campaigns and annual special events including the Mayor's Golf Tournament for United Way, the Christmas House Tour sponsored by Springridge Farm, the Curl for United Way Milton bonspiel and the Family Fun Run and Walk. United Way Milton currently provides funding for 46 programs at 28 local social service agencies, including Acclaim Health, Distress Centre North Halton, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton, Halton Food for Thought and R.O.C.K. (Reach Out Centre for Kids).
To find out more about United Way Milton programs in the community, visit www.miltonunitedway.ca or call 905-875-2550.
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