It's that time of year again.
The Neepawa and District United Way has kicked off its annual fundraising campaign and is hoping to continue its success from last year.
Afteer raising $40,000 last year, United Way has set a goal of once again hitting the $40,000 mark this year to ensure local organizations continue to get the support they need.
“We're really hoping to have that success again,” United Way's Val Grant explained. “Every penny collected in Neepawa stays within organizations in Neepawa and Area; we don't give to organizations that hold their own fundraising drives.”
The support also proves to be vital for many local groups.
“We have a couple organizations, like Neepawa's Handi-Van, that say they couldn't operate without our support,” Grant added, noting Neepawa United Way's operating costs are covered by a provincial grant.
The United Way no longer does door-to-door fundraising for its drive, but instead gains support through donations at any of Neepawa's banks or the Beautiful Plains Credit Union. People can also mail support to Box 1545, Neepawa, MB, R0J 1H0, or donate online at www.neepawaunitedway.org.
Neepawa United Way is also looking for groups interested in receiving support, and applications for funding can be made by contacting Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meanwhile, the local organization is finding itself in a tough bind when it comes to finding volunteers.
The group has lost one member on its committee, meaning only five people now sit on the committee.
“We are in need of filling that seat, and we'd love to have a couple more,” Grant noted.
Committee members typically meet once monthly, check on the campaign, discuss the organization's involvement in Neepawa and decide where funds will be allocated.
Last year, the Neepawa and District United Way raised the $40,000 and distributed about $38,500 of that to organizations like Neepawa Palliative Care, Touchwood Park and the Neepawa Handi-Van.