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COMMUNITY COLUMNIST: United Way works to fund 130 social service programs

By Richard Koroscil, special to the News

Did you know that 9,264 youth in Hamilton are at-risk of poverty, homelessness, addictions, mental health and conflict with the legal system?
Without the United Way, our cities youth would not be able to access programs that provide them with a safe environment, away from street involved negative activities.
More people giving more is the goal and collective challenge for this year’s United Way campaign.
In order to reach our $7 million fundraising goal, we need more corporations, individuals, families, friends, co-workers and neighbours joining together to work towards the United Way’s vision of our ideal community.
In the past two decades, personal giving in Canada has tripled from $2.8 billion to $8.3 billion and through this act of giving, in Hamilton the United Way was able to provide 393 survivors of sexual violence and abuse the counselling and support they needed to get their lives back on track.
The United Way funds 130 social service programs in the Hamilton and Burlington communities.
This vital network of services work together with the community to understand what the pressing needs are, and then works to meet those needs.
The United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton is striving to maintain this continued success in supporting vital programs that support our cities most vulnerable citizens, moving people from poverty to possibility, strengthening communities and helping children become all that they can be.
With the goal of $7 million, I know that the dedicated United Way staff and volunteers will continue to further encourage workplaces, family, friends and neighbours to be a part of the change.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff and volunteers for their hard work and continued support in bringing the United Way message to many.
I feel proud to be working with a group of individuals who share my passion in making the community a better place for everyone.
There is a year full of hard work and determination ahead of us as we strive to make a lasting difference in our community.
Together, we can create lasting, positive change and create a community that is truly great for everyone.
Richard Koroscil, the President and CEO Korlon Strategic Services Inc., is the Hamilton campaign chair of the 2013 campaign of the United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton.
If you would like to write in this space, call editor Gord Bowes at 905-664-8800 ext. 335 to discuss.

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