As temperatures in Hamilton continue to dip below the freezing mark, the mercury is rising on the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board’s United Way employee fundraising campaign which wrapped up this week with a record-breaking tally of $100,085.
Director of Education David Hansen made the announcement at St. Bernadette Catholic Elementary School on January 17 at a staff pizza party to celebrate the “most creative school campaign.”
This year’s system goal was $92,000. Over the past several years, the board has raised between $88,000 and $91,000 through a 50/50 split of employee donations and special events.
This year’s total was both wonderful and unexpected, said Special Events Coordinator Sandra Giacinti. She adds a new online pledge form may have made giving a little easier.
Special events were also up this year. As an incentive to boost school participation, Director David Hansen promised a pizza party to the school staff which demonstrated the most spirit.
The distinction was awarded to St. Bernadette staff who flaunted their red and white spirit with a #locallove photo hashtag campaign, dress down days and daily United Way impact announcements.
Commending staff for their efforts to spread local love, Hansen said the United Way funds will help to improve lives locally.
“And we know that lots of those dollars go directly to our kids,” said Hansen, pointing to the Catholic Youth Organization (C.Y.O.), Catholic Family Services, and St. Joseph’s Healthcare.
“Lots of lives are being changed right here at home.”
The board’s United Way employee giving campaign ran from October 23 to November 23, 2018.