A little bit of rain did not scare away employees of the Health Association of Niagara – including President & CEO John Kinner – who were out in force on Wednesday morning to sell special editions of the Niagara Gazette to benefit the United Way of Niagara.
The fundraiser, which involves sales of special editions of the Niagara Gazette and Lockport Union Sun & Journal, helps to support the organization’s annual campaign while generating additional revenue needed to donate to 25 different community organizations.
“What United Way does generally, and that applies for all United Ways, is that we fundraise for the community. So we gather funds that we eventually distribute among the community throughout different agencies that we fund and their programs,” said Erika Kastel, director of resource development for the United Way of Greater Niagara.
The United Way’s campaign runs through Nov. 30 and the organization’s goal is to raise $1.15 million. When organizers finish counting funds from all of the corners, they are estimating Make a Difference Day 2018 will have raised between $15,000 and $16,000.
Along with the Health Association of Niagara County, Inc., United Way funding supports many other worthwhile community organizations, including: American Red Cross; Boy Scouts of Great Niagara Frontier Council; Consumer Credit Counseling; the Dale Association; Girl Scouts of WNY; Inter-Community Services; Literacy New York; the Mental Health Association; Niagara Community Action Program; Niagara County Veterans Service Agency and Niagara University.