Making Thunder Bay United, Vibrant and Strong
We all win when a child succeeds in school, when neighborhoods are safe, when families have food security, and when people can obtain meaningful employment. Yesterday at the Victoria Inn and Convention Centre, donors and volunteers gathered to celebrate their achievements in the United Way of Thunder Bay's 2017 fundraising campaign. Together, $2,342,000 was raised to support local programs and services which work to move people from poverty to possibility, build a strong community, and help children and youth be all that they can be.
Although this is a truly remarkable total, and contributors should be proud of their efforts, Executive Director Jered Zieroth noted that it will be a challenging year for the organization's Board of Directors, who will have some difficult decisions ahead of them, and that programs and services will be affected. In December of 2017, the Chronicle-Journal reported that charitable giving across Canada has hit a 10-year low according to the Fraser Institute. With living expenses increasing it would appear that charitable donations are dropping; whereas the need for the services they support is increasing and community building organizations like the United Way are strained to find ways to do more with less.