It’s mission accomplished for the United Way of Hamilton and Halton.
The local non-profit organization held its second annual Virtual Campaign Celebration Wednesday night and announced it surpassed its fundraising goals for 2020.
More than $10,650,000 was raised by committed supporters, surpassing this year’s fundraising goal of $10,000,000.
“Words cannot express our gratitude towards all the donors and business communities of Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville who continue to give back and provide support for life changing local programs,” said Brad Park, president and CEO of United Way Halton & Hamilton.
“Because of COVID-19, many individuals have been on the edge of crisis. Thanks to the power of community, we are able to help over 209,000 friends and neighbours facing significant barriers.”
Park praised the supporters, donors, community members and countless volunteers who have worked to help create meaningful change over the past year.
With the pandemic and the challenging times we are all facing, the organization believes it’s important to reinforce the “power of community” and recognize the efforts made during the annual campaign which launched last September.
“Together, we have stayed united during a difficult year,” Park said. “Thousands of caring individuals and organizations have chosen to turn their gratitude into action, making the Halton & Hamilton region a better place.”
Hundreds of supporters tuned into the digital event, which was hosted by the Weather Network’s Chris Mei and featured special appearances from John Chisholm, United Way Halton & Hamilton’s 2020 Campaign Cabinet Chair, and Anna Iacobelli, the organization’s 2021 Campaign Cabinet Chair.