Winnipeggers celebrate biggest achievement in United Way’s history

This year will see United Way’s largest community investment ever as a direct result of Winnipeggers’ actions and generosity in 2011.

2011 United Way Campaign Chair Edward Kennedy.“Together, we raised an incredible $19.7 million,” Edward Kennedy, United Way’s 2011 Campaign Chair, told over 700 volunteers, partners, supporters and staff who gathered at the Victoria Inn on Wednesday, February 22 to celebrate the achievement.

“That’s more than $750,000 over last year – money that will mean we can do more for more people right here in Winnipeg.”

Despite personal adversity, including a fire that destroyed his home in December, Kennedy and his Campaign Cabinet volunteers encouraged more people, businesses and organizations than ever to get involved.

As a result, a life-changing network of over 100 programs, partnerships and services will have the resources necessary to do even more to address our city’s most challenging social issues, including poverty, violence, crime and addiction.

Together, these services affect the lives of one in three Winnipeggers-restoring trust, dignity and basic human rights; and empowering people and families to live safer, healthier lives. Ultimately, it’s the kind of change that impacts all Winnipeggers.

United Way is one of the only organizations besides government that provides sustained, core funding.

Because of Winnipeggers’ ongoing support, agencies that depend on United Way funding are able to train and retain qualified, dedicated staff who will be there for their clients over the long haul.

It means these front-line staff can better reach out and connect with our community and build the relationships and trust that are so vital to helping people achieve their goals and realize their dreams.

It means these supports and services will remain stable and available when our friends, family, neighbours and co-workers need them most.

Thank you again Winnipeg! Click here to see a few examples of the lives that are touched because of your support for United Way.

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