United Way exceeds campaign goal

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From incredible community support, United Way of Pictou County exceeded their campaign goal for this year.

The United Way of Pictou County has exceeded its fundraising goal for this year. Pictured from left are: campaign co-chair James Ludrigan, executive director Jessica Smith and campaign co-chair Jim Fitt. SUBMITTED

The organization raised $311,040 in their annual campaign for local support groups in Pictou County.

United Way executive director Jessica Smith said, “We are so thankful to all the kind donors who believe in the work that the United Way and our agencies are doing to make positive social changes in our community.”

The fundraising comes from local businesses and organizations that give their employees the opportunity to donate through payroll deductions.

“This year we have over 70 organizations run workplace campaigns and over 800 people giving. Many thanks to the 100 individuals who volunteered their time in to help run a campaign in their workplace,” Smith said.

Reaching the goal means two important things for the United Way. It means funds are available to support more programs and services that impact the lives of over 12,000 people in Pictou County and it provides the United Way with assurance that the community is better understanding their new mandate.

“We are now able to support services in the community,” Smith said.

This year, United Way was able to fund the requests for all the organizations they support, Smith said.

Board president Anne Marie Colbert said, “We have been working for a long time on transitioning from being just an umbrella fundraiser. Today our United Way is about collaborating and partnering with others to create positive social changes. By working together, we will make our community stronger.”

Smith also contributes the success to the volunteer campaign team of co-chairs Jim Fitt, CEO of Velsoft, and James Lundrigan, RBC’s commercial account manager, Leaders of the Way chair Ann MacLean, former Town of New Glasgow mayor, and the Leaders of the Way canvassers Howard Anderson, Dr. Eric Beaton. Dr. Gerry Farrell, Jim Gogan, Jim MacConnell, Kevin MacDonald, Dr. Ken McKenna, Jack Pink, Dr. Ray Wagg, and David Whittemore. Without their efforts and support, Smith believes they would not have had a successful year.

“A really big thank you to the Pictou County for the support.”

Organizations: United Way, RBC

Geographic location: Pictou County, New Glasgow

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