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ever made,” saidDensmore. “I have decided, this year, to set the goal at the minimum number we need to run existing programs. It’s ambitious but necessary.” Last year the fundraising campaign raised $283,000; however $50,000 of that was a one- time gift froman unnamed source, without which the goal would have never beenmet. LCBO stores across Prescott Russell are a big part of the fundraising initiative each year. “LCBO stores in Prescott Russell raised nearly $30,000 this year,” Densmore explai- ned. “All of the LCBO stores in Prescott Rus- sell have participated.” Densmore said people can donate funds through payroll deductions, and 70 per cent of funds raised are through these deduc- tions. People can also designate to which non-profit organization their donations will goa “Many people aren’t aware that they can designate their donation to any non-profit organization operating in Prescott Russell,” explained Densmore. “They just have to include a note on their donation and we will ensure it gets where they want it. We don’t currently take off any administration fee. We take care of the administration and their charity of choice can focus on serving the community.” Where the help goes With the help of six volunteers, Interlude House helped 26 women to break the cycle of violence and victimization. “It may seem like small numbers,” said Densmore. “But
The United Way/Centraide of Prescott Russell helps thousands of people each year by empowering those living in poverty and assisting those that are vulnerable by ensuring they have access to the most basic needs. UnitedWay/Centraide of PR has conduc- ted a community impact study in order to show where the greatest impact for their services has been. “We want to show people that are donating to us that their donations are an investment, not charity,” said Jodie Densmore, executive director of UnitedWay/ Centraide of PR. “We want to show investors where their money is going.” In 2014, $283,000 were raised; more than 22,000 people received the help of 755 vo- lunteers. Organizations including local food banks, Le Phénix, learning centres, Interlude House, community services, mental health associations, Groupe Action, after school programs and more benefited fromUnited Way/Centraide of PR support. UnitedWay/Centraide of PR runs its fun- draising campaign from September 1 st to December 31 each year; however, they do accept donations throughout the year. Final reports for what is raised are usually in by February.This year’s goal is $275,000. “This amount is well above what our goals have been in the past, and more than we have
Jodie Densmore, executive director of United Way/Centraide of Prescott Russell.
just think of what that means for future gene- rations.These women breaking the cycle of violence means they have done so for their children as well.” The UnitedWay/Centraide of PR assisted the Canadian Mental Health Association in promoting mental health and illness prevention presentations in schools and the community. The presentations focused on mental health education, signs, causes, and treatment options, and how to access community resources, as well as reducing the stigma of mental illness. Out of the 2,144 students reached in school presentations, 11 sought support for mental health concerns immediately after the presentations. Last year local food banks receivedmore than $50,000 fromUnitedWay/Centraide of PR to provide approximately 7,000 people
with the basic necessities of life such as food, baby items, personal hygiene products, and social resources. UnitedWay/Centraide of PR also provides assistance for breakfast and lunch programs in local schools, provides access to early childhood learning, afterschool and literacy development programs, 211 community service information lines, and is working on starting a Volunteer of theMonth award. “Donations to UnitedWay go far, and help a lot of people,” said Densmore. “I really love being part of a small community now. I really see where the help goes, and get to know the volunteers as well as the people we help. It is really important that people continue to support United Way/Centraide of PR and continue to invest in our community.”
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