The Lloydminster and District United Way was able to give out $73,000 at this year’s distribution night. JESSICA DEMPSEY LLS PHOTO
The Lloydminster and District United Way was able to give out $73,000 at their annual campaign year distribution night for 2017-18.
“This was a good year, we are up from last year,” said president Brian Hanterman.
Last year was a down year and they were only able to give out $60,000.
“We are working for even more, and a better year this year coming up. We are very happy,” said Hanterman.
Over the course of the year, he noted some new campaigns such as Paint the District Red was a highlight.
“It didn’t raise as much as I had hoped, but there’s some learning curve in that. It’s one of those ones you don’t have to get a lot of volunteers and it just does its self,” he explained.
The total raised from the newest campaign was nearly $1,000.
Hanterman added throughout this year the chapter will go through some transformations to give the charity organizations the best possible outcomes when they distribute money.
Charities that received money include the Ability Development Services by Bea Fisher, Catholic Social Services, Inclusion Lloydminster, Libbie Young Centre, Lloydminster and Area Brain Injury Society, Lloydminster Interval Home/Lloydminster Community Youth Centre, Lloydminster Native Friendship Centre, Lloydminster Rescue Squad, Lloydminster Sexual Assault Centre, MS Society of Canada Lloydminster Chapter, and Spinal Cord Injury Alberta.
“It’s a sense of pride that we can get a larger number than last year. Last year was disheartening … we felt like we kind of dropped things a little bit last year even though it was more the economy than us, we still work hard. We have full-time jobs and do United Way as volunteers on our own time,” said Hanterman.
To follow what the United Way is doing throughout the year and for more information, check them out on Facebook at Lloydminster & District United Way.