Over the past 20 years, Township of Langley employees who are committed to making a difference in the community they work in have been giving to the United Way, and their donations have almost reached the half-million dollar mark.
They have given more than $450,000 to the United Way over the past two decades, their efforts helping to provide support to children, the elderly, and others who are in need.
The United Way works to change lives for the better by raising money for programs and services that improve local social conditions.
“The Township has a tradition of supporting the United Way and it’s wonderful to see our staff giving what they can to help,” said Hilary Tsikayi, who co-chairs the committee of volunteers.
“It is heartening to know our employees care about people in our community and are always so willing to give their time and donations to assist those who are struggling.”
Every year, a volunteer committee is formed to plan fundraising events that can be enjoyed by staff on their lunch hours and breaks. In the past, guest speakers from organizations that benefit from the United Way have talked to staff about the difference their donations make, book sales have been held, and swims by donation have been offered on the weekend.
Favourite fundraising traditions include barbecues and a breakfast that is generously put on by the Murrayville Pub. Recently, an egg drop and cake baking competitions and a variety of boardwalk games have been offered, with all proceeds going to the United Way.
As well, Township staff make personal donations through payroll deductions or one-time gifts.
United Way resource development co-ordinator Lani Ng said that the organization is proud not only of the investments it makes with partner agencies to provide critical services, but also of the deep partnerships it has formed with communities such as the Township.
“The commitment demonstrated by the Township of Langley and its employees is helping us to change the future,” she said.
Last year, Township employees raised more than $35,000 from donations and fundraising events, contributing to the total of $285,964 that was collected for the United Way by organizations, businesses, and individuals throughout Langley Township and City.
In 2010, the United Way invested $868,899 in programs and services for Langley, with a net gain of $582,925 in dollars raised versus invested.
The Township’s 2011 United Way Campaign was recently concluded and staff are looking forward to making another contribution to the organization when the total is tallied.