Challenges aside, community agencies continue to benefit from the public.
The United Way’s 2013 campaign raised $221,823, down 31 per cent from 2012’s $323,473.
“Workplace campaigns have always been at the heart of our community fund campaign, but with the economy in our region still lagging, companies are making do with less and this in turn affects corporate and individual donations,” said Linda Yule, executive director.
“Even during tough economic times, our supporters have still contributed more than $200,000 to our community and over the last five years, more than $1 million has been invested in vital programs by United Way.”
Money raised by United Way go towards 24 non-profit agencies around the region.
“We are funding post-partum and sexual abuse counselling for the Family Resource Centre because government funding is not available, after school programs in Enderby and Lumby because our rural areas are vulnerable, youth groups throughout the area and seniors’ programs,” said Yule.
Some of the other initiatives include drug and alcohol programs for youth and adults and suicide prevention.
“The volunteer community investment committee charged with distributing the funds, have some very hard decisions to make and will need to review the level of funding for many worthwhile programs,” said Yule.
“Unfortunately, this will lessen the positive community impact the United Way strives for.