Local United Way launches campaign

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The Winkler and District United Way wasn’t expecting to be gathering donations this year. But after listening to supporters and those who depend on them for funding, they announced a modified campaign Nov. 21, that will allow people to donate at a table at Winkler Co-op, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14.
President Kim Nelson explained that they had lost nearly their entire board of directors to retirement after the 2017/18 campaign and had initially planned to take a year off to regroup, recruit new members, and rework how it will raise funds in future years.
She said overwhelming support from local businesses and individuals forced them to rethink that strategy.
At an information meeting with past board members and community members, they heard from organization who counted on the annual grants.
“There was an immediate response of somehow we need to keep the Winkler United Way going,” she said. Even though we weren’t canvassing for donations like usual this fall, we’ve been hearing from a number of supporters who still wanted to know how they could donate.”
Nelson said they decided to do a modified campaign to keep the United Way active in Winkler, while taking the time to develop a strategic plan for next year.
“It’s been amazing to see the community so eager to continue to support our campaign, even during this time of transition,” she said. “We’re excited to be able to offer these alternative ways to give.”
Nelson gave credit to the past board members and those who donate for helping support local organizations and said the new board is working hard.
“Currently we have nine board members that are excited and passionate about the City of Winkler and being part of United Way and growing community engagement to continue to support our community,” she said.
United Way volunteers will be setting up a donation table at the Winkler Co-op grocery store on Friday, Dec. 7 and Friday Dec. 14 from 1-9 p.m. The community is invited to stop by to make a donation and learn more about the 20 charities and community programs the United Way supports each year.
People can also drop off 2018/2019 donations at the Winkler Co-op grocery store, gas bar and truck stop as well as the Winkler Senior Centre, Gateway Resources, and at City Hall from now until the end of February. Online donations can be given at unitedwaywinkler.com. The funds will be distributed next spring.
The Winkler and District United Way supports 20 organizations within Winkler and nearby communities.
These organizations are:
• Alzheimer Society
• Big Brothers Big Sisters
• Canadian Diabetic Society
• Canadian Red Cross
• Cancer Resource Center
• Cerebral Palsy Association of MB
• Eden Residential Mental Health Volunteer Coordinator
• Gateway Resources
• Heart and Stroke Foundation
• Pembina Valley Pregnancy Care Centre
• Salem Home Inc. Volunteer Coordinator
• South Central Committee on Family Violence
• The Bunker
• Winkler Food Cupboard
• Winkler Bible Camp
• Winkler Day Care
• Winkler Senior Centre