By DAVE BROWN
United Way of Sarnia-Lambton
The United Way of Sarnia-Lamb ton has now surpassed the 70% level of the campaign and has reached $1,330,000 of the $1.85 million goal.
TransAlta reported their campaign totals today, and surpassed last years’ fundraising efforts. Including TransAlta’s corporate match, the campaign their raised over $36,000 and is still going. In fact, campaigners at TransAlta think there are still donations coming.
Overall, our campaign is continuing to track slightly ahead of last year at this time. Although the pace has slowed a little, we are very pleased with the position we are in.
Imperial Oil employees reached their campaign goal late Friday which is always a good indicator of success. In the past 20 years, when Imperial Oil employees reached their goals, so too has the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton, so while not at all a scientific indicator, that is a nice campaign to see go over the top.
Although Shell Canada officially closed their campaign off on Monday, donations there continued to flow in as well.
TODA employees surpassed their campaign totals from last year and HC Stark appears to be off to a similar start as TODA.
This week, we are sending out our third and final reminder to NOVA and LANXESS retirees as time is running out for their donations to be matched by their former company. These are important donations to get in because they do receive that match from the company which can make a huge impact on the final numbers of our overall campaign.
These follow up letters go to retirees who have given in past years, but not yet this year. We realize that many of these donors plan to contribute again, but with today’s fast paced lifestyle of retirees, often they get missed. This is a friendly reminder that their support is important, and what better impact on our community than when their contribution is doubled; that is a quick positive Return On Investment. Currently, the retiree donations as a sector are about $20,000 off their 2011 goal of close to $200,000.
To date, 4,415 local residents have contributed to the 2011 campaign.
This week will be highlighted by two chili lunches on Wednesday; one at Canada Border Services, commercial lobby, and the other at Lambton County Shared Services at the Bayside Mall. The Association for Community Living will also hold a chili lunch on Friday at their workshop location on Confederation St., in Sarnia.