Brockville – United Way Leeds & Grenville announced today that the annual campaign goal of $738,000 has been exceeded. In fact, the team surpassed the target by 22% raising just over $902,000.
Our committed Community Investment team has already established the funding distribution goals for 2021 – Housing Stability, Food Security, Financial Stability and
Mental Wellness. United Way volunteers will carefully review funding applications and make recommendations to the United Way Board of Directors in the coming weeks.
The COVID pandemic will continue in 2021 to put extreme pressure on all the social service agencies who support the most vulnerable in our Leeds & Grenville community. United Way Leeds & Grenville is committed to stewarding the donations entrusted to us to help make a meaningful difference every single day.
“We are thrilled to have surpassed our 2020 fundraising goal in support of the Leeds & Grenville community and our most vulnerable citizens”, said Trish Buote, Executive
Director United Way Leeds & Grenville.
“Going into this campaign we felt that we had a very steep hill to climb and weren’t sure what obstacles we would face. Our resilient community climbed the hill with us, stepped up and showed their support, especially when it was most needed. I can’t thank the many donors, volunteers, employee campaign champions and staff for coming together to help. Reaching and surpassing this goal will enable agencies to continue to do the important and essential work that is needed in these challenging times. We are thankful and humbled.”
“I admit this was a daunting one at the beginning, but I came into it because I believe in the United Way, and I believe in our community.” said Terry O’Reilly, Chair of the
2020 Campaign. “The target estimate was lower than normal due to COVID, and I am really delighted that the campaign exceeded the target, but it did not exceed the
need and demand, which is actually higher due to COVID, so this is a great time for a great result.” he went on to say.
“I would like to pay tribute to the Cabinet, the staff and the leadership of Trish Buote, and I also want to pay special tribute to certain special, anonymous donors, who were willing to offer substantial matching contributions, as an incentive to others.” he added. “These matching grants made a big difference, and this great campaign result
couldn’t have come at a better time for our community.”