United Way 2016 campaign ends at 90%

In this September 2016, file photo, representatives from some of the SD&G United Way's 17 member agencies hold up the numbers showing this year's campaign at the Royal Canadian Legion in Cornwall, Ont. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

SD&G – For the second year in a row, the United Way of SD&G has finished its campaign at just over 90 per cent of its goal.

“Just over $630,000 (of a goal of $700,000) was raised in our 2016 community campaign,” said campaign chairman Bill Makinson in a release Monday (April 17).

“We are extremely grateful to each and every person who contributed to our Community Campaign – we are able to invest and support change in our community because of our donors,” he said.

The end result is roughly the same as the 2015 campaign, where it reached 91 per cent ($646,000) of its goal of $710,000.

Looking ahead, as part of its recently completed strategic plan, a signature event will take place in late April – “Handbags for Heroes” – and it’s already sold out.

The United Way will also be studying the area to find out what the “pressing needs” are in order to “effect long-term changes.”

The community impact study details will be available in the next few weeks.