United Way will bridge shortfall in campaign

BROCKVILLE – Officials with the United Way of Leeds-Grenville say they are taking steps to minimize the impact to their 22 member agencies.

This, after final numbers show the 2015 campaign fell short of its goal by just over 18 per cent.

It was the first year the United Way switched from a dollar goal to a “more meaningful measure” of lives changed in the community.

The goal was to change 33,102 lives – the money raised would help 27,050.

In order to bridge the gap, the UW will use money in reserve to make up the difference.

“The most important work we do as an organization is supporting our partner agencies in the work they are doing every day to change lives in our community,” said United Way Board President Michael Jiggins. “That’s why the board felt it was critical to use our reserves to bridge this year’s shortfall. At the same time, we also recognize the need to examine our own operations to determine how we can reduce costs.”

The board believes “external forces” like the federal election, the economy and labour unrest, are to blame for the lack of dollars.

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