Wednesday, February 24, 2010

City of Calgary staff raise big bucks for United Way

City of Calgary staff dug deep in 2009, donating a whopping $435,633.33 to the United Way of Calgary and Area.

"As Calgary’s civil servants, we often talk about how proud we are to serve this great city. I believe the success of our 2009 United Way Campaign takes that talk to a whole new level," said Brad Stevens, chairperson for The City’s 2009 United Way Campaign, at the cheque presentation Feb. 22.

Nearly 40 employee campaign co-ordinators worked to generate interest, inspire participation and bring the spirit of the corporate campaign to their individual work groups and business units.

Special events and fundraising-style collaboration throughout the corporation reached 17,000 employees in roughly 100 locations.

"This year’s employee-driven initiatives were original, imaginative, creative, and just plain fun. They strengthened our workplace," said Stevens.

Fundraising activities included stampede-style pancake breakfasts, book and bake sales, custom holiday gift wrapping, flower days, Bingo, a 50/50 draw, a talent show and golf tournament among others.

Stevens also thanked Campaign lead, Jeanne Chevrier, who "provided expertise, direction, co-ordination and unparalleled energy and enthusiasm" to help pull-off the record haul.

Ruth Ramsden-Wood, President and CEO of the Calgary United Way said it took tremendous leadership within the City to raise this kind of money during a financially lean year.

"I am humbled and in awe of the kind of results and team building and the energy this fundraising creates in the community," she said.

According to the United Way website, donations go to several agencies in our community and are invested in priority issues and initiatives to develop long-term solutions in:

  • Supporting people living in vulnerable situations
  • Improving lives for economically challenged families and reducing poverty
  • Ensuring the success of children and youth
  • Sustained Poverty Reduction
  • Aboriginal Youth and Education Strategy
  • The Calgary Children's Initiative
  • 211 Calgary

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