Observer column for Saturday, October 16, 2021
Another local business is stepping up to support the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton this fall.
Beginning Friday, October 22, Dattolo’s Baked Goods at 1030 Confederation Street in Sarnia will be donating one dollar from every pizza sold until close on Halloween night, Sunday, October 31, 2021.
“We are so grateful for the small and local businesses who have stepped up to support the United Way and this is a great way to promote the fact that United Way of Sarnia- Lambton is a local organization where a local volunteer Board of Directors makes funding decisions,”said Vicky Ducharme the 2021 United Way Campaign Chair.
“We are a local fundraising organization supporting local needs and recognizing local businesses at the same time, ” said Ducharme.
Dattolo’s Baked Goods had approached United Way earlier this fall wanting to pitch in and help, recognizing the need in our community is continually increasing because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
To order or pick up your pizza, you can stop by Dattolo’s at 1030 Confederation Street in Sarnia or by calling 519 336-1991. All varieties of pizza are eligible including their Keto Friendly and cauliflower crust, Dill Pickle, and all of the more traditional pizza pies.
The Bagel Factory at 1152 London Road in Sarnia is continuing with their Bagel Madness where one dollar from every dozen bagels sold is donated to United Way through the entire month of October. This is the last call for Pembina-United Way Meats for Eats tickets. The Meats for Eats raffle has a grand prize of a $1000 gift card to Davey Jones in Sarnia plus a $500 prepaid VISA. The deadline to purchase is October 21. Get your tickets by calling Rebecca at 519-336-5452 or online at www.theunitedway.on.ca.
Tickets are now on sale for the November United Way 50/50 at www.united5050.ca, all money raised will go directly to the United Way campaign.
Overall, the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton is now sitting at $575,000, very close to the 1/3 mark of the $1,750,000 goal. Ducharme said this total is exactly where the United Way campaign was at this time last year, so she’s hopeful this trend will continue through the remaining 10 weeks of the campaign. Ducharme said that almost 1200 donors in Sarnia-Lambton have already contributed to the United Way campaign this fall.
Many of the large industrial employee campaigns have now kicked off, and beginning next week, some of the non-industrial campaigns will kick off including the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and other federal government departments, and the service agencies as well.
The Boys and Girls Club of Sarnia is one of 20 local agencies currently funded by the United Way. The Boys and Girls Club is part of the “All That Kids Can Be” funding focus whereby the United Way is investing in programs and services so that kids can succeed in school and develop supportive relationships. These program and services give children and youth the support they need to make healthy choices and to better handle life challenges while at the same time understanding the benefits of a good, solid education.
Presently, the United Way funds three separate programs provided by The Boys and Girls Club, including a summer camp program, and an afterschool support program where youngsters get a nutritious snack, homework help, and in general, have a safe place to go after school.
Ducharme said that in addition to the many employee campaigns now underway, several donors are making their contributions through the mail most are retirees, local business, or professionals, and several have elected to donate online at www.theunitedway.on.ca.
Primary school students Ryley and Mason take time out from the soccer game at the Boys and Girls Club Professional Development program. The United Way provides funding to three programs offered by the Boys and Gurls Club and is three of 40 different programs funded across Sarnia and Lambton County. The annual United Way fundraising campaign will run until the end of the year and has set of goal of $1.75 Million.