The United Way of Sarnia-Lambton has reached this year’s $1.85 million goal.
“I admit to being a little nervous at the beginning of the campaign,” said Brian Black, the 2011 Campaign Chair, "but as the campaign went on and the early employee campaigns started to wrap up at or above last year’s levels, I had a better feeling. I suppose I really started to feel confident late November or early December. Imperial Oil was finished and kept reporting more money, and then Shell, NOVA, and LANXESS all finished strong."
Black said the campaign was successful, not just because of the large industrial campaigns, but all of the other successes along the way. “I look at Future Shop employees, Bluewater Health, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada Border Services, Provident Energy, WorleyParsons, and OLG at Casino Point Edward and Hiawatha Slots. There are just so many work places and generous people in our community that made an impact,” he added.
Currently, the campaign is sitting at $1,856,700 and Black said there are still a couple of employee campaigns yet to fully wrap up and a few more donors who have not yet made their contributions but plan to before the end of the year.
“When it is all said and done, we might end up as much as $20,000 or so over goal bringing the total to about $1,870,000 matching last year’s total."
Black added that one of the significant successes is related to achieving the goal without the customary $50,000 from Dow Canada, money the chemical manufacturer had pledged annually through 2010.
“We are thankful to Dow for contributing to our community through the United Way for as long as they did,” said Black, wbo added that the entire community stepped up to support the annual fundraising effort.
“Along with all of the organizations who ran workplace campaigns, all individual donors and volunteers and the local media who have been so good to us throughout the year deserve a huge thank you for the support they have shown our community."