United Way of the Fraser Valley (UWFV) would once again like to congratulate and thank all of its volunteers and donors for a very successful 2013 campaign. In total, $809,473 was raised for vital programs and services for local communities, surpassing the campaign goal for the year of $800,000.
Photo: United Way Campaign Chair Robin Marshall
“This is an amazing accomplishment considering the economic climate of the past few years and it is something the entire Fraser Valley community can be proud of because it really was a concerted effort,” says Prospera Credit Union’s Robin Marshall, who was the 2013 Campaign Cabinet Co-chair alongside Prospera CEO, Bruce Howell.
Fraser Valley Announcement Mar 26
United Way will announce the projects in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission and Hope selected to receive a total of $100,000.
We will also announce a new innovation — Prospera Credit Union will be co-sponsoring one of the projects with United Way. This means one additional project that otherwise would not be helped will be funded. Come hear about this exciting initiative.
Because United Way distributes funding based on population, programs in every region of the Fraser Valley will receive funding.
Programs focus on prevention and must address one of:
- Poverty reduction
- Affordable housing and homelessness
- Ensuring children 0-6 succeed
A complete list of funded projects will be published here after the event.
At their Annual Spirit Awards on March 6, UWFV paid recognition to the many businesses and organizations that contributed to the campaign, including a relative newcomer to the community, The Hershey Company, which bought Brookside Foods in Abbotsford.
“We were getting pretty close, but we weren’t sure we were going to reach our goal of $800,000,” says UWFV Executive Director Wayne Green. “So when we learned that Hershey is a big supporter of United Way and they agreed to run an employee campaign at their Abbotsford location, we were thrilled.”
United Way addresses the issues that the community has identified as the most critical: reducing poverty and homelessness and ensuring children 0-6 succeed. On Wednesday, March 26, UWFV will announce their priority grant recipients for 2014.
“We’re very careful to match up grants with the priorities identified by our communities,” say Wayne Green. “The money raised translates into a lot of services for people across the Fraser Valley region; it definitely does a lot of good.”
With a successful 2013 campaign under their belt, the UWFV team will soon begin planning for the 2014 campaign and they are happy to announce that Robin Marshall will continue on in her role as Chair of the Campaign Cabinet.
For more information about United Way, go to www.uwfv.bc.ca.