The annual fundraising campaign to support member agencies of the United Way of Pictou County exceeded its goal by almost 25% this year.
The 2021 campaign raised $388,841; the goal was $315,000. The money will be reinvested in vital programs and services in the county.
“It is once again thanks to the incredible generosity of our residents, our businesses and our volunteers that we were able to raise so much money, which so many charities, programs and people need so badly. here in Pictou County,” committee chair Dave Fearon said in a United Way press release. “It will be put to very good use.”
Matt and Megan Connors have assumed the roles of newly created Co-Chairs of GenNext with the goal of expanding the reach of the organization while increasing the participation of the county’s younger generation. GenNext was created to attract, educate and engage the next generation of leaders in Pictou County who are driven by a common interest in the continued development and success of the community.
“By creating this new group, our reach has been extended to individuals and businesses who may not have previously been involved in our campaign,” said Matt Connors. “As a result, we have seen a 40% increase in revenue and a 100% increase in engagement in this segment, clearly demonstrating that our next generation of Pictou County residents will follow in the footsteps of the incredibly generous generations before. we.”
Carolyn and Graham MacNeil were this year’s Leaders of the Way co-chairs. Leaders typically donate at least $500 to the campaign each year. This year, the lead canvassers included Howie Anderson, Marc Comeau, Jim MacConnell, Dr. Bradley MacDougall, Drs. Paula and Shawn Noftall, and Dr. Ray Wagg. A total of 174 lead donors contributed more than $184,000 to the campaign.
“These generous leadership gifts play a vital role in harnessing the incredible power, resilience and skills of the people who make Pictou County such a vibrant, diverse and welcoming place to live and work,” noted Graham MacNeil.
Ellen Fanning, executive director of the United Way of Pictou County, says it’s “heartwarming” to see the county come together in such an amazing way.
“We are so grateful to live in a community that truly cares about helping each other out,” she said. “Your contributions help us continue our work to meet the needs of today and break down systemic barriers for a more equitable future.”
“This extraordinary level of financial support allows United Way to continue to fund local programs and services that improve the conditions of thousands of vulnerable and marginalized individuals and families in Pictou County,” added Ginger Fitt, Board Chair of the Board. ‘administration.
With more than $388,000 raised, Centraide will help fund more than 40 local programs and services this year, including:
– AG Baillie Memorial School: food security program – food backpack program for the school year, food program for the summer months
– Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County: food security program – Grand Brunch Petit Brunch, program of twinning activities
– CHAD Transit: Sunday drives for seniors and socially isolated
– Dr. WA MacLeod Consolidated: food security program – free breakfast/lunch program, sleds included
– Family Services of Eastern Nova Scotia: family grant program
– Frank H. MacDonald Academy: Food Safety Program – food backpack program for students
– GR Saunders Elementary School: Food Safety Program – Let’s Do Lunch!
– Highland Community Residential Services: United in Friendship Program and/or Saturday Respite Program
– McCulloch Education Centre: Food Security Program – Food Backpack Program, Expanded Food Backpack Program
– New Glasgow Academy: Panther Pantry free lunch program
– North Nova Education Centre: food security program – Feed North Nova
– Northumberland Regional High School: Food Safety Program – NRHS Karma Closet (Food)
– Pictou Academy: food safety program – PA Chefs
– Pictou County Continuous Learning Association: Food Security Program – Improving literacy through nutrition and food literacy
– Pictou County Council of Seniors: Senior Relations Coordinator
– Pictou County Palliative Care Society: food security program – food accessibility for clients
– Pictou County Roots for Youth Society: food security program – food sustainability, staff training, health and hygiene
– Pictou County Women’s Resource and Sexual Assault Centre: food security program – Women Together Food Security, Girls Leadership, MORPH – Mapping Our Road to Power and Healing
– Pictou Landing First Nation: food security program – community garden
– Pictou United Church: food security program – Seeds of Hope Community Garden (non-denominational), Case for Smiles (non-denominational)
– Pictou West Food Bank: refrigeration unit(s) for the new location
– Riverview Home Corporation: virtual reality training to improve mental health
– Salt Springs Elementary: Food Security Program – Free Student Lunch
– SchoolsPlus: head-to-toe essentials
– Scotsburn Elementary: food security program – breakfast program and food backpack
– Summer Street: food safety program – prepared meals program
– The John Howard Society of Nova Scotia: Food Security Program – MEGG Food Security Program, Community Comfort and Connections
– The Kidney Foundation of Canada – Pictou County: Food Security Program – short term emergency funding for food
– La Lunch Room du Berger: reopening and sustainability of the Lunch Room
– Thorburn Consolidated: food safety program – food backpack program
– Town of Pictou: Go Wheeling
– Trenton Elementary: food security program – food backpack program
– Trenton Middle School: food security program – food backpack program, personal items locker
– Viola’s Place Society: shift employee
– Walter Duggan Consolidated: food security program – Lunch on Us!
– West Pictou Consolidated: food security program – food backpacks/breakfast to lunch