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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

United Way Campaign Falls Short

Huron Perth | by Peter Jackson  

Fundraising for Perth Huron United Way came within 38 thousand dollars of target

The United Way of Perth-Huron has fallen slightly short of its fundraising goal of $1,050,000.

The campaign wrapped up Monday with a final take of $1,012,000.

Executive-Director Ellen Balmain says the shortfall is a concern but it was still a good showing for the first amalgamated United Way campaign in the two Counties.

She suggests allocations to member agencies may have to be adjusted but that's still subject to discussion.

The campaign in Huron County took longer to build momentum than it did in Perth.

Balmain believes that's because Huron has no large central urban hub similar to Stratford.

She says because of the rural nature of Huron everything is spread out and it takes longer for new community relationships to develop.

She says she has many good ideas for the next drive but her successor will have to guide whatever course the United Way chooses.

Balmain tells us United Way officials have gained valuable experience through the amalgamated campaign.

She predicts there will be good opportunities for the United Way in Huron and that both counties will benefit from what officials learned emerging from the recession.

Balmain leaves the Executive-Director's post this month to take up a new challenge with the City of Stratford.

The books won't officially close until the end of this month and Balmain encourages you to donate if you haven't done so already.

The United Way of Perth-Huron serves over 20 member agencies.


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