United Way kicks off county fundraising campaign

By Joel Charron

The United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County kicked off its 2011 Annual Fundraising Campaign Wednesday, by travelling across the municipalities in the County to present United Way flags.

Two trolleys carrying United Way Board members, campaign cabinet, staff and volunteers departed from Corporation of the County of Essex Civic Centre and travelled to Amherstburg, Essex, Kingsville, Lakeshore, LaSalle, Leamington and Tecumseh to attend flag presentation ceremonies.

“This year, United Way will be kicking off its campaign in both the city and the

Mayor Wayne Hurst accepted a United Way flag as part of a county kickoff Wednesday, September 14. At left is United Way CEO Penny Marrett and cabinet chair Margaret Corio (right).

county,” United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County Chief Executive Office Penelope Marrett said. “The residents, workplaces and organizations in the County are so very crucial to the success of the United Way Campaign.”

Marrett said the campaign raises money for the United Way’s three priorities: Supporting basic needs and independence, positioning kids and families for success and creating thriving neighbourhoods in Windsor and Essex County.

Marrett, along with RBC Regional Vice President Margaret Corio, presented Mayor Wayne Hurst with a United Way flag.

“The United Way has been here for such a long time and as done so much for so many,” said Hurst.  “To whom much is given, much is required and so each and every one of us has an obligation and responsibility to do what you can do to support those that are in need.”

In the first nine months of United Way’s new direction, United Way strategies have provided assistance to over 200,000 residents in Windsor-Essex County; of those participants over 32 per cent were county residents.

“We are excited about engaging County residents and we will continue to look at new opportunities to engage county residents throughout the year,” said Holly Kirk-McLean.

Along with presenting the town with a United Way flag, local businesses; Bank of Montreal, Diageo Canada Amherstburg plant, RBC Royal Bank and Joe Meloche Ford Sales were also presented with a flag to raise at their respected businesses.

To learn more about the services provided by United Way, call 211.

“Amherstburg is one of those communities that will step up to the plate and do what’s necessary to ensure that there is a tomorrow for those individuals who are having problems,” said Hurst. “With doing a little, a lot can be accomplished.”

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