With less than 5 weeks to go before the 2012 campaign wraps up, United Way Oakville is projecting a $95,000 shortfall this year.

“While we have come a long way, we still have a gap to close in order to meet our $4.2 million goal,” said Brad Park, United Way Oakville CEO. “That goal reflects the very real needs of important agencies and services in our community — services that are in danger if the goal is not met.”

Park stressed the urgency of the situation, noting that countless vulnerable families will have limited access to vital services and programs should there be a shortfall.

Factors such as downsizing, political climate and labor unrest, and a continued fragile economy are just a few of the obstacles that this year’s campaign has faced explained Chris Stoate, United Way Oakville Campaign Chair.

Hundreds of volunteers are working tirelessly to do everything possible to meet the goal. United Way is also working on a number of new initiatives that include a push for new leadership donors, and a Dinner for Two Anywhere in the World Raffle.

“To those donors who have already given, we would like to say thank you,” said Park. “For those who haven’t given yet, we urgently need your support this holiday season.”

Each year, United Way Oakville helps over 30,000 people in our community. UWO funds over 30 community agencies that help children be all that they can be, move people from poverty to possibility, and build healthy people and strong communities.

Donations are accepted online, over the phone (905-845-5571) or by cheque (please make cheques payable to United Way Oakville and mail to 466 Speers Road, Suite 200, Oakville ON, L6K 3W9).

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