United Way Leeds & Grenville announced today that their annual campaign goal for 2020 will be $738,000. The 2020 goal reflects the growing need in the community. It is also an ambitious goal, as United Way has limited opportunity to raise funds through community events this year. Funds from workplace campaigns, where a lot of their target is raised, may also be limited. Many businesses and workplaces have been affected by the ongoing pandemic and will modify their campaigns.
United Way is however, excited to announce the Leadership Challenge Grant.
Thanks to a generous donation from an anonymous donor, new Leadership donors can increase the impact of their gift. Donors who increase their donations to $1,200 will see their donation matched and donors who are already Leaders of the Way (donations of $1,200 or more), and add at least 10% to their gift will also see their increase matched. This is one way to help fill the gap.
“I am willing to step up and do extra because I believe in the United Way and our Community” said Campaign Chair Terry O’Reilly. “The needs are even greater due to the pandemic. Please step up with me, try to reach a little deeper and give from your heart to help the United Way meet those extra needs.”
Trish Buote, Executive Director United Way Leeds & Grenville, echoed Terry’s comments. “The needs are great in 2020 as our agencies work hard to meet the complex issues faced by their clients. In times of crisis, we need to come together and work to make sure immediate needs are met and the most vulnerable members of our community are taken care of. We are asking people to continue to show their local love, continue investing in our community if they can.