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United Way KFLA 2019 Campaign raises a record $3,654,000
A community-wide effort shows what local love looks like
KINGSTON, ON (Nov. 28, 2019) The United Way KFL&A announced today that the annual campaign goal has been surpassed, raising $3,654,000
Today’s announcement includes money in to date as well as donations that are not in yet but traditionally come in December. United Way will continue to accept donations as workplaces wrap up fundraising events and individuals plan their giving to coincide with the holidays.
The announcement was made this morning in front of 500 volunteers at the Campaign Touchdown Breakfast hosted and sponsored by Ambassador Hotel & Conference Centre and TD.
“Thank you to all the workplaces, volunteers, and community members who gave so much during this campaign – you can definitely feel the local love,” said Campaign Chair, Scott Harris. “I’ve had the privilege of attending many workplace events over the past 12 weeks and I am so impressed with how caring and compassionate every member of our community is and continues to be. Together, we achieved this goal and we should be proud of that as a community.”
This year’s campaign received a boost from the Leadership Challenge Grant set up by local donor Jessica Bayne Hogan. The grant encourages community donors to donate or increase their donation to the leadership level ($1,200 annually) with the grant matching their donation. As a result of the Leadership Challenge grant, leadership donations increased by 61 per cent this year.
The funds raised will start being distributed locally almost immediately. United Way volunteers will carefully review funding applications and make recommendations to the United Way Board of Directors in the coming weeks. Some of the funds have also been directed by donors to other registered charities.
“This campaign is about more than dollars raised, it is about lives impacted,” added Harris. “These funds will go a long way in making a difference in the lives of so many in the KFL&A area.”
About United Way
The vision of United Way KFL&A is a future where people are self-sufficient in a community where individuals live with hope, dignity and a sense of belonging. Visit www.unitedwaykfla.ca for more information.
Scott Harris, Regional Deputy Commissioner for the Correctional Service of Canada
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