NOVA and its employees drove the United Way thermometers up to over 85% this weekend when the campaign totals were tallied.
By DAVE BROWN
Executive Director, United Way of Sarnia-Lambton
The NOVA campaign includes all employee donations, plus retirees and the corporate match, plus revenues from several special events this past year.
It is great to see the campaign north of 80% and we have so many people to thank at this point, most recently, all our friends from NOVA.
We also expect to add in the totals from LANXESS shortly, which will also include the employees, retirees, and corporate match. This will certainly be a defining week for us at the United Way and NOVA helped get us off to a great start, and LANXESS will give us a midweek boost.
Overall, the 2011 United Way campaign is equal to last year at this time. The campaign slowed a little the previous couple of weeks, but we expect it will pick up now with the NOVA figures, and soon the LANXESS plus several other employee drives.
The Blue Water Bridge Authority is expected to wrap up this week, as are several schools, and some of the provincial government campaigns including Point Edward Casino and Hiawatha Slots. The federal government wrapped up all their campaigns last week with the final results from the employees at Canada Border Services.
CFI Industries in Courtright ran a terrific campaign as well which helped increase the totals.
Currently, the United Way sits at $1.58 million, just reaching 86% of the $1.85 million goal. Thanks to almost 5,400 donors, we have just over a quarter million dollars to go. Officially, the campaign will run until the end of the year.