We have been so incredibly fortunate to have great partners on board again this year, helping promote and fundraise for the United Way. We've continued focusing our funds towards local programs, ensuring we support our neighbours and friends who need a hand. Have you considered the idea of shopping local this holiday season? Well, we would like to encourage you to GIVE LOCALLY as well. As we have focussed our giving here in town, we've also had to lean on the generosity of the individual donor.
Please help us continue and see another successful year. Please help us make a difference in 2015!
Lots of new milestones and a lot of gratitude filled our 2013! We hit the beach for our first ever campaign kick-off and, despite the fog, we had a great time mingling, listening to talented performers, and learning about the programs made possible by the dollars raised this year. Oh yes, and the kids had a great time on the bouncy castle (perhaps a couple of adults too!) Cake from Safeway topped off a fun-filled afternoon.
Our wine event, partnered with the wonderful Kings hockey club, proved to be another great night out. Once again, Save On Foods came on board to provide the delectable snacks. Thanks to all involved and the Town Centre for their great hospitality!
A few new corporate sponsors came on board (THANK YOU!) and the ORCA bus was able to make it's way back on the road because of wonderful community partnerships.
We are so excited for 2014 and are looking for individuals and workplaces to spearhead campaigns this year. Contact us for ideas on how to get involved!
Applications for funding are open and our list of funded programs will be updated soon.
Keep posted and stay connected.
As September approaches we say goodbye to the dog days of summer. For many of us, September marks a return to the routine, back to school, or back to the seriousness of work after an easy going August. As we begin to settle into routines this fall, think of ways to challenge the norm and expand your routine to include local charities. Pack a brown bag lunch a few days a week and donate the savings to a local not for profit you are passionate about. Find ways to micro-volunteer a few hours a week: spend time with animals in a shelter, or help a senior in your community with yard work. Don’t forget your day job by offering your professional services to a charity free of charge: create a poster, help with bookkeeping or good old manual labour can always be used. The benefits to your community are tremendous when we all participate. This year make “Give.Volunteer.Act” part of the autumn routine. It’s good for the soul!
There is a beautiful thing that happens this time of year.... people are just.... happier I suppose. We as a community have our hearts pointed towards others a bit more and are willing to step in and lend a hand. Countless volunteers are donating their time to organizations and causes they believe in and know do good work in ths community. At the United Way we are wrapping up our campaign period and reflecting on the year of generousity exhibited by so many community partners. With each new year we look toward allocating those funds to diverse programs that do so much good here in Powell River, but for now we step back and say "thank-you." We give our thanksgiving knowing that tomorrow, a neighbour will be assisted with a need that must be filled, another smile will be shared with someone who was having a rough day, and that another dollar will be given in gratitude for the blessings poured out in such abundance. Let us embody the spirit of the season and, as the saying goes here in United Way, let us not forget to "Give. Volunteer. Act." Best wishes for a happy and safe season.
Ever looked like this when approaching a task that seems so completly impossible and overwheming?? This is me, right now, thinking of a blog. I have birthed three children nautrally and ran a household of ten kids under 5 for 8 hours (gotta love cousins,) but even that doesn't seem this scary.
They say the best way to conquer a fear is to face it, so here I am! And trust me, if it weren't for something I COMPLETELY believed in, I would be running.
So here it is: Our United Way Blog; to keep our community up-to-date on what issues are surrounding us, what you can do and why we believe that change starts here: within every individual and with every dollar we are entrusted with. The journey starts here and I am happy to have you with us.