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Monday, March 12, 2018

Last Push for United Way Campaign on Now

The end is in sight for the United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) annual campaign. With four weeks to go, and the total raised sitting at over $1.24 million, UWPH and CIBC staff gathered at the campaign thermometer on Ontario Street to light another bulb and celebrate the impact United Way can have on a community.

“We always love celebrating good news,” says UWPH Executive Director Ryan Erb. “Currently, we are forecasting a 9 per cent increase, which means an additional $100,000 year over year for our communities.”

Thanks to UWPH’s successful campaign, eight current partners including, Choices for Change, Poverty 2 Prosperity, John Howard Society, Huron Safe Homes for Youth, Emily Murphy Centre, Shelterlink, Big Brothers and Big Sisters Listowel and Community Outreach Services will receive funding increases. With a strong push behind the Sweeter Endings campaign – a UWPH initiative with Rocky Mountain Chocolate to reward donors in March with a sweet treat – the organization also wants to fund a program for Newcomers through Centre for Employment and Learning locations across Perth and Huron. That’s where United Way’s community supporters come in.

“We’re very excited about the success of the campaign and the additional funding we’re able to provide to existing partners,” adds Erb. “But we want to make sure we can also open the Newcomers program – that goal is only $73,000 away, but we still need some new donations to get there.”

Volunteers play a big part in UWPH’s success. One dedicated volunteer is Jason Young - Senior Manager & Team Leader, Agricultural & Commercial Banking at the CIBC branch on Downie Street in Stratford – who helped light another bulb on the thermometer along with his CIBC team. Young, who is also involved in United Way’s Campaign Cabinet and Leader Donor Committee, worked hard to raise awareness and funds within his organization. His efforts were helped by CIBC’s commitment, through its 11 branches in Perth-Huron and beyond, to making a significant and lasting contribution to the well-being of communities it is part of.

“I believe strongly in investing in the place I live in and so does CIBC,” says Young. “United Way allows us to impact the community now and in the future by investing in social programs that can help people for years to come. I’m proud of the $12,735 our CIBC team raised, and happy we can play a role in a successful campaign.”

United Way Perth-Huron is 100% local and supports almost 50 organizations and services across Perth and Huron Counties. To donate to the annual campaign, call 519-271-7730 or 1-877-818-8867, drop by the UWPH offices at 32 Erie Street in Stratford, email reception@perthhuron.unitedway.ca or visit perthhuron.unitedway.ca

For more information or to set up an interview with Ryan Erb, Executive Director, contact 1-877-818-8867 or 519-271-7730 or email rerb@perthhuron.unitedway.ca.
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