Generosity and community caring are alive and well in Prince George, said United Way campaign director Jocelyn Snih on Monday. Donations from corporations, businesses and individuals have been boosted over last year’s totals, she said. And so the future looks brighter for 125 programs and services helped by United Way.
“We have over $680,000 in pledges and donations this year which surpasses any other milestones or goals we have ever had,” said Snih. “Overall, it has been a 22 per cent increase over last year. Participation and donations are way up.”
Snih said there were major donations this year like $226,000 from Canfor, representing a $100,000 corporate donation and another $126,000 raised by Canfor employees with participating sites located from Quesnel to Fort St. John. She also acknowledged that the School Board District had “quadrupled” its participation and donations while UNBC had doubled its previous donations. The Prince George United Way’s 2004 “Mission Possible” Campaign began on September 27 this year and ended November 30, she said. “We have five focal areas covering all ages of people so we have a broad reach. One in three people is helped by United Way in one way or another.”
Canfor and its employees proved this year beyond a shadow of a doubt that their roots are truly in the community, breaking previous years’ contributions to the “Mission Possible” campaign – and making the community a healthier, more caring place to live in the process.” Canfor was truly remarkable, Snih said, “but they are just one example of how people have come through this year. It has just been amazing.” Contributors should also be reminded, she said, that receipts are given for donations.
The year 2004 marked the beginning of the United Way’s “Mission Possible,” a mission to involve the entire community in helping meet the $1 million need through increased participation and giving. Next year, School Board 57 Superintendent Dick Chambers will be the 2005 Campaign Chair for the Prince George United Way, Snih said. For more information on United Way’s campaign phone Jocelyn Snih at 561-1040.