Cowichan United Way takes first bites into $230K

United Way Cowichan tried a different way of reaching out to the community for its official campaign kickoff Saturday, Sept. 13, holding a special outdoor breakfast.

The result of the morning spent at Charles Hoey Park in Duncan was "inspiring," according to spokespeople for the group.

More than 200 supporters attended the outdoor festivities, raising just over $2,100 towards the 2014 campaign goal of $230,000.

"I was impressed and encouraged by the turn out," said United Way board President Mike Murphy. "Not only did we have a beautiful fall morning, we had so many of our friends, volunteers and supporters join in, including mayors [Phil] Kent and [Jon] Lefebure, and MP Jean Crowder, who helped drive home the importance of United Way in the community."

Heather Gardiner, interim advisor with United Way, was also in Duncan for the kickoff.

"I am very pleased with the results," she said, echoing Murphy. "Saturday marked the beginning of United Way’s campaign, a time when we get to invite everyone to become part of the solution.

"We know the need is urgent," Gardiner said. "Agencies have given us a very clear mandate for this campaign; we need to raise a significant amount of additional funds to help extend the availability of programs, services, and to reduce the potential loss of hope and possibility for our younger generation."

United Way Cowichan is hard at work developing strategies that address issues such as addictions, poverty, mental health challenges, domestic abuse and housing.

The campaign’s funds are invested in 46 local programs and services.

If you would like to know more about how United Way changes lives, or to become a donor in support of the community, visit www.cowichan.unitedway.ca or call 250-748-1312.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Unclear if Cowichan couple refusing to self-isolate facing penalty; details of Quarantine Act still being worked out

No fines or charges have been laid to date, including Cowichan couple who won’t self isolate

No more ferries will sail from Departure Bay, Mill Bay, Brentwood Bay during COVID-19 pandemic

B.C. Ferries announces major changes to sailing schedules for 60 days starting Saturday, April 4

CVRD cancels all recreation and theatre programs through end of April

Community centre and recreation programs cancelled through end of April

Cowichan couple won’t self-isolate after returning from overseas

New law requires 14 days of self-isolation when returning to Canada

VIDEO: ‘Used gloves and masks go in the garbage,’ says irked B.C. mayor

Health officials have said single-use gloves won’t do much to curb the spread of COVID-19

List of cancelled Cowichan Valley community events

An ongoing list of events that have been cancelled in the Cowichan Valley due to COVID-19

Sex workers face new risks during COVID-19 pandemic

‘Desperation has kicked in’ for vulnerable, undocumented workers unable to access help

COVID-19: Postponed surgeries will be done, B.C. health minister says

Contract with private surgical clinic to help clear backlog

Black Press Media ad sparks discussion about value of community newspapers

White Rock resident hopes front-page note shines light on revenue loss during COVID-19 crisis

Nanaimo man arrested after allegedly setting house fire

Firefighters arrived to find mobile home ablaze on Barnes Road in Cedar on Thursday

Don’t stop going to the doctor, just do it virtually: B.C. association

Doctors encourage patients to access telephone, online visits

Businesses advised to prepare for federal, B.C. COVID-19 assistance

Canada Revenue Agency portal expected to open next week

Dogs are property, not kids, B.C. judge tells former couple

Court decision made on competing lawsuits over Zeus and Aurora — a pit bull and pit bull cross

Most Read