Challenged to be agents of change
Giving to United Way means helping thousands of Comox Valley residents, according to United Way regional executive director Signy Madden.
The Central and Northern Vancouver Island branch of the United Way kicked off its annual fundraising campaign in the Comox Valley last week. The campaign challenges the community to become Agents of Change, by helping to raise more than $220,000 to fund 18 Comox Valley programs delivered by 17 local partner agencies.
“We fund programs that are helping thousands of people in the Comox Valley,” says Madden, listing off a few of the partner agencies like Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island, Canadian Red Cross, Comox Valley Transition Society, Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society and River Heights Church as a few examples of where the funding will go this year.
“So, really, by funding United Way and donating to United Way, you’re supporting a strong network of social services that help thousands of people through the year,” says Madden.
“United Way is helping people — kids, parents who are learning parenting skills or learning how to cook healthy foods — just the whole gamut, from kids to seniors. If you’re in crisis, you need a hand, it’s United Way-funded programs that people turn to and help people thrive and get better.”
The campaign kicked off in the Valley with a free event at the Courtenay Museum, which Madden notes more than 70 people attended, including many of the local partner agencies funded by United Way.
Other kickoff events happened last week in Campbell River and Nanaimo. United Way hopes to raise $90,000 in Campbell River that will fund nine programs delivered by eight community partners.
Madden adds United Way received requests for more than it could fund across the region, and in the Comox Valley, it received requests for several hundred thousand dollars more than it could fund. If the campaign raised more than the goal of $220,000 Madden would be thrilled.
“If we could raise $250,000, I mean the agencies need the help, the people in the community need the help, but we’re also cognizant about the economy and what’s going on for people on the Island,” she says.
The campaign last year raised more than $200,000 in the Comox Valley, with just under $1 million raised for the Central and North Island as a whole.
To make a donation, contact the UWCNVI office at 250-338-1151 or email@example.com or visit www.uwcnvi.ca. Also, keep an eye out for campaign fundraising events held by other organizations and businesses this year.