The United Way of Colchester reached its 2017 fundraising campaign goal of more than $275,000. From left, executive director Terry Hearn, and volunteers Don Cameron, Janet Gay (campaign chairperson), Raj Makkar, Paul Wadden, and Shane Holman. Submitted photo

TRURO – The fundraising goal for the United Way of Colchester’s 2017 campaign has been reached.

Janet Gay, the volunteer campaign chairperson, made the announcement at a recent meeting.

“Through the generous contributions of many individuals, workplaces and agencies, over $275,000 was raised to support programs and initiatives supported by United Way of Colchester,” said Gay in a press release. “We’re grateful for the continued support of the Colchester community to the United Way organization and the important role United Way plays right here where we live.”

This year, new donors and those who increased their donation over the previous year doubled their impact due to a generous $25,000 matching gift from an anonymous donor.

Terry Hearn, United Way of Colchester executive director, stated, “We are able to continue our work to eliminate poverty, to help those experiencing poverty, and to help build a stronger, healthier community for everyone as a result. We’re grateful, our community partners are grateful, and the people we serve are grateful.”

Last year, more than 8,000 individuals, including children, youth and families, received support from United Way of Colchester initiatives and funded program and grants for local community partners. Donations helped move people out of poverty, meet basic human needs, and improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable in Colchester County.

The results of the 2017 Campaign support programs and initiatives for the time period from April 1, 2018, to March 31, 2019. Once again, children, youth and families who are in need of food, housing, counselling, education, safety and many other vital services and supports, will be able to access these campaign funds through United Way partner agencies.

For more information about United Way of Colchester County, contact the office at 902-895-9313 or visit www.colchester.unitedway.ca.