There was lots of celebratory spirit and energy felt during the United Way’s announcement of the 2010 campaign’s final results.
The announcement was made Thursday morning at the Collicutt Centre.
A total of $1,882,383 was raised to support a number of non-profit, social agencies across the region.
The initial goal was $2 million, but organizers were still pleased with the numbers pointing out the fact many companies and individuals continue to struggle through tough economic times.
Lars Rogers, 2010 volunteer campaign chair, said the money raised will certainly sustain funding levels the organization has been able to give out with some program enhancements here and there.
“United way is so much more than a fundraiser,” said Rogers. “We bring together the people and resources to build a stronger community – whether it’s through volunteer matching, collecting urgently needed items for distribution or informing the community of important issues that need urgent attention.”
Rogers mentioned other bright spots that emerged from the recent campaign, including picking up 354 new donors and the collection of 1,050 socks during the new Red Deer Rebels ‘Sock It To ‘Em event.’
Also, 1,538 volunteer hours to local agencies were logged through the United Way Day of Caring program.
“We are tremendously proud of the achievements we reached this year, bringing our campaign to new heights,” said Rogers. “It was an awesome campaign, and I’m so proud with how hard my team worked.
“The generosity of the community coming together around United Way is always exciting to see, and the long-time supporters as well as new donors made this achievement possible. We are also blessed to have a number of companies that stepped up this year and became more involved.”
Funds raised will go into programs and partnerships that help people find affordable housing, help children and youth by connecting them with mentors, and provide counseling for those facing crisis situations.
The United Way also provides support and programs for individuals facing physical and mental challenges.
For more information about the range of way United Way works in communities, check out www.caunitedway.ca or call the local office at 403-343-3900.