United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) celebrated the 2017 campaign kick-off today with a crowd of enthusiastic community and supported partners at the annual Kick-Off Luncheon at the Kiwanis Community Centre in Stratford. The event was generously sponsored by Sun Life Financial, with Sun Life employees enthusiastically staffing the event. Food was prepared by the Local Community Food Centre.
The 2017/2018 goal of $1,556,445 was announced. Ryan Erb, Executive Director of UWPH spoke to the crowd regarding the campaign’s goal, “To meet the needs we’ve identified in our community we have to be bold,” Erb said, “But if by aiming high we ensure more people gain access to important programs and services, it’s worth the risk.” United Way’s ambitions for the 2017/18 campaign appear to be justified; $237,187.90 has already been raised.
The money donated during United Way’s annual campaign helps close to 50 local organizations and programs. Two such organizations were featured as part of this year’s launch. “211 is a free phone call for anyone,” Susan Faber, UWPH Director of Community Information explained, “It’s for a mom worried about her son’s math homework. It’s for a senior who is alone and spiraling into depression. It’s for a single parent who has lost their job and knows the rent is due Monday and there won’t be any food in the house by Tuesday. This incredibly powerful resource is available to everyone in Perth and Huron thanks to United Way.”
For young people who are alone with nowhere else to turn, the call to 211 often leads to Stratford-Perth Shelterlink. In an on-stage discussion, Shelterlink Executive Director Bev Hagedorn and a young person who utilized their services, discussed the positive effects Shelterlink can have; how simple acts such as offering a safe space and caring when nobody else will, can profoundly impact a young life for years to come.
“Our communities are always there for us,” Andrew Williams, UWPH Campaign Chair said, “They’ve shown in the past that when we give them a challenge, the people of Perth and Huron counties rise to meet it. I’m proud to live in that kind of community and to be part of the tremendous work United Way does. ”
Wayne Smith, UWPH Board President added, “We’re really excited about this year’s campaign. We want to not only sustain but grow the support we provide to the communities in Perth and Huron counties.”
United Way Perth-Huron is 100% local and supports almost 50 organizations and services across Perth and Huron Counties. To help United Way continue supporting these local services, donations are gladly accepted. Call 519-271-7730 or 1-877-818-8867, mail to 32 Erie Street, Stratford, ON N5A 2M4 or visit perthhuron.unitedway.ca.
For more information or to set up an interview with Ryan Erb, Executive Director, please call 1-877-818-8867 or 519-271-7730 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.