Funding charity passes campaign goal

United Way of Cranbrook and Kimberley received almost $123,000 in donations in 2012.

After setting a campaign goal of $111,000 in 2012, the United Way of Cranbrook and Kimberley raised close to $123,000.

“There was an increase in local workplace campaigns,” said Donna Brady Fields, executive director of United Way.

Falkins Insurance and Canfor’s Canal Flats and Elko mills signed on to hold workplace campaigns for the United Way last year, Brady Fields explained.

“Canfor made a huge difference in our campaign with a combined campaign totalling almost $20,000 and 80 per cent participation of staff,” she said.

Workplace campaigns encourage staff to dedicate an amount of their choosing from each pay cheque to the United Way.

“We recognize that donors are constantly bombarded with requests. Some causes are easily quantifiable. But we know the United Way addresses social issues that studies have shown if left unresolved create more difficult issues,” said Brady Fields.

The United Way provides financial support for the following local agencies: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cranbrook; Bellies to Babies; the Cranbrook Boys and Girls Club; Cranbrook and Kimberley Daybreak programs; the F.W. Green Memorial Home; Kimberley Special Care Home; Cranbrook and District Restorative Justice; Cranbrook Hospice Society; the Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley; Cranbrook Society for Community Living; the East Kootenay PARTY program; and Options for Sexual Health.

“The board of directors wishes to thank all of our generous donors who every year step up and help make a difference in our community,” said Brady Fields.