Tough Economy leaves United Way short

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The United Way is having a tough go of it to reach their goal of supporting 12,000 people in the Sault area that need assistance in 2016.

Poor economic times is being blamed for about a 25 percent shortfall for the annual fundraising campaign. This translates to over 3,000 people that the United Way won’t be able to assist as the agency looks to trim services to compensate.

The United Way Campaign Cabinet set a goal to raise funds to support 12,000 people in the community back in September of 2015.

“As we enter the final few months of our fundraising efforts, we want to thank all those who contributed so generously. Your donations will go a long way to helping those in need in our community. To date we have raised funds to support 8,577 people,” said a release issued Wednesday. “Due to current economic conditions in our community, we are projecting a shortfall in our campaign of at least 25% or 3,000 people that we will be unable to assist.”

There is still time left to help minimize the impact with donations being accepted until March 31st, 2016. Donations can be made online at www.ssmunitedway.ca or by calling the United Way office today at 705-256-7476, Ext. 202 or Ext. 204.