Jason Young and Pip Penrose decided it was time for their family to make a larger commitment to United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH). Pip, a chiropractor at the Stratford Chiropractic & Wellness Centre in Stratford and Jason, Senior Manager & Team Leader – Agricultural and Commercial Banking at CIBC, came to the conclusion now is the time to become Leader Match donors by giving $6,000 to the 2019-2020 UWPH campaign.
Known as the Doubling Program, Leader Match donors donate $6,000 to inspire and match donations given at a Leadership level of $100 per month.
“Working with United Way has made us more aware of just how many families aren’t wondering where to go on holiday, but where to get their next meal, how to keep their kids safe and how to get support,” said Pip. “We looked at our life and realized we are beyond fortunate. That’s when we decided that although it may not be the best time, it’s the right time.”
In Perth and Huron Counties the reality is stark. One in two households earn below the Living Wage level of $17.44. Families that are working hard in minimum wage positions or juggling 2 or 3 part time jobs are making hard decisions between paying rent and purchasing healthy food — and paying bills late if they can at all, creating constant stress. Shame, guilt and depression are common and the continuous, daily struggle to make ends meet creates an environment where it is hard to focus on anything other than survival. This can lead to a perpetual cycle of poverty that hurts individuals and deepens divisions within communities.
“We hope our decision inspires others to give at the Leadership level of $1,200, knowing our match will double their donation. We also encourage families who are fortunate like ours to think about stepping out of their comfort zone and donating at a higher level to motivate others,”’ Jason added. “There is never a right time. Your logical side will push back. But if you let your heart win, you will know the feeling of making a difference in your local community.”
“We are so thankful for Pip and Jason’s generous spirit,” added UWPH Campaign Co-chairs Martin and Kathryn Ritsma. “Both Pip and Jason have been strong supporters of United Way. Their added commitment to the work UWPH does in the community means so much.”