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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Perth-Huron United Way Hits 80% Fundraising

Huron-Perth | by Peter Jackson  
$1.24 million raised so far, ahead of $1.556 million deadline of March 31st.

The United Way Perth-Huron looks to bounce back in a big way, following a disappointing end to their annual fundraising campaign last year.

At the end of last week, more than $1.24 million had been raised on the way to the United Way's $1.556 million goal.

Fundraising Chair Andrew Williams tells us if the current donation trend holds in the campaign's last four weeks, the final tally would be a nine per-cent increase over last year's donations.

In 2017, the United Way fell $125 thousand short of it's $1.337 million goal.

Part of this year's fundraising focus is on setting up a new program to help smooth the settling-in process for newly-arrived immigrants.

The program will be run by the Centre for Employment and Learning.

Williams tells us the United Way is again teaming up with Rocky Mountain Chocolate in its "Sweeter Endings" promotion, in which chocolate rewards are given to donors of larger amounts.

The campaign officially wraps up on March 31st, with the Spirit of Community Celebration at the Arden Park Hotel in Stratford.

The United Way funds and supports nearly 50 agencies and projects across Huron and Perth Counties.

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