For residents of Kitimat, September is now United Way month.
Kitimat City Council made the proclamation in August and invited United Way Community Development & Campaign Officer Kristine Kofoed to speak at council’s September 4 meeting.
Kofoed explained that the organization’s three areas of focus include helping those who are struggling financially get back on their feet; helping people get healthy and stay healthy, both mentally and physically; and helping kids get the education and opportunities they deserve.
On July 18, United Way of Northern BC hosted a community engagement session at Kitimat General Hospital to gather information on the needs of the community and talk about the work the United Way is already doing in partnerships with non-profits that serve Kitimat.
“People don’t realize that United Way of Northern BC is at work here in Kitimat. The United Way helps fund the Crisis Centre for Northern BC, the CNIB, Spinal Cord Injury BC, and the Northern Brain Injury Association.”
“Last year the United Way of Northern BC raised a little over a million dollars in campaign and invested $1.89M in communities all over Northern BC. This September we kickoff the 2012 campaign with the goal to raise $1.25M, but the need is much greater, and in fact, it’s estimated that $2.75M is needed before we can even begin to adequately meet the needs of communities in Northern BC,” Kofoed stated.
For more information on the United Way of Northern BC, please visit www.unitedwaynbc.ca