United Way campaign rolls more than $150,000 in into helping kids and communities

Members of the Umbrella Corporation West Coast Operation participate in the Oct. 26 Zombie Walk, a United Way fundraiser by the Cowichan Community Option Society. - Andrew Leong/file
Members of the Umbrella Corporation West Coast Operation participate in the Oct. 26 Zombie Walk, a United Way fundraiser by the Cowichan Community Option Society.
— image credit: Andrew Leong/file

The 2013 Cowichan United Way campaign has invested $155,500 into kids, neighbourhoods and turning poverty into possibility.

According to Alan Corbould, the United Way's director of resource development, the cash will be invested into more than 71 programs across 16 local organizations.

Priority was given to the following areas:

Helping kids be all they can be: "Children and youth need a good start in life, access to early literacy and development programs, positive school experiences and to graduate from high school. They also benefit from recreational activities, mentor relationships with adult role models and opportunities to discover and develop their talents and interests," a media release reads.

Among the programs being funded in this area: in-school mentoring, summer camps, Books n Bubbles reading program, parent support, life- skills and tutoring programs, healthy food awareness, anti-bullying education, and suicide awareness and prevention for kids, youth and families.

Strong communities/healthy people: "The focus of this portfolio is to engage residents to take ownership and action in improving access to resources needed to revitalize and strengthen neighbourhoods," the release continues.

Programs in this are include: qa health equipment loan program, healthy eating and gardening initiatives, one-on-one, peer and group support circles, domestic violence awareness and support, individual and group bereavement support, and advocating / training volunteers

From poverty to possibility: "Poverty is a far-reaching, complex issue. It is also a lasting one. United Way is committed to investing in programs that help individuals and families stabilize, avoid or move out of the cycle of poverty," the release states.

Programs funded under this heading include: healthy food and lunch programs, K.I.C.K (Kind, Involved, Confident Kids) and F.U.S.E (fair, unique, safe and empowered) programs, nutrition, support and skill development

"We are tremendously grateful to all the people and businesses that chose to invest in the well-being of their community through United Way,"  said United Way president Mike Murphy.  "We are also thankful to all of the volunteers who helped with this year's campaign, and supported our community events.

"Together, we are strengthening the connections between people and their communities, and that is a great success story,"  he stated.

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