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Guelph Wellington Dufferin community rallies behind regional United Way campaign

GUELPH - United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin has exceeded its fundraising goal once again, raising $3.5 million.

The announcement came on Dec. 20 at the campaign closing and volunteer appreciation event, where over 200 members of the community celebrated their part in the organization’s fundraising campaign.

“Once again our community has shown incredible kindness and generosity,” said Rick McCombie, 2017 United Way campaign chair and executive vice-president at The Co-operators.

“It has been wonderful to see the community rally behind us these past few weeks, and because of their support, thousands of people will be impacted by the money that will be invested into the community.”

About 1,100 people volunteered with United Way throughout the three-month campaign.

Funds raised support more than 85 local social service programs at over 50 local agencies in Guelph and Wellington and Dufferin counties.

“Every year is a roller coaster and this year was no different,” said Ken Dardano, executive director of United Way.

“We owe a big thank you to all of our workplace campaigns, local businesses and donors for stepping up when we really needed it, getting us to goal and allowing us to continue to support some of our community’s most vulnerable.”

At the closing event on Dec. 21, Linamar Corporation and the University of Guelph took home the award for Campaign of the Year (private and public sector respectively).  

Linamar Corporation also took the Outstanding Overall Achievement award, after raising more than $792,000 – the most ever by a campaign in the community.  

Sleeman Breweries Ltd., The Co-operators, City of Guelph and Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs were also among those recognized with United Way awards.

It was also announced that Jim Jarrell, president and chief operating officer at Linamar Corporation, will take the helm once again as campaign chair in 2018.

“We couldn’t be more excited about having Jim back as our chair. As Guelph’s largest employer, the United Way Campaign has grown exponentially at Linamar over the past number of years, and the support of their employees and head office has been incredible,” said Dardano.

The $3.5-million total is based on received and pledged dollars, with some workplaces continuing campaigns until the new year.

More than 200 workplaces took part in the campaign, and more than 8,000 donors contribute annually.

United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin has worked in the local community for over 75 years to monitor and meet the social needs of the community.  It is directed by a volunteer board, managed by committed staff and supported by thousands of donors.

December 29, 2017


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