United Way of SD&G: The 'charity of charities' turns 70

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CORNWALL, Ontario - It's been 70 years since the United Way of Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry first opened and it's still going strong.

The United Way of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry office in Cornwall (located at 405 Fourth Street West).

United Way is marking its historic milestone with a traditional family picnic at Lamoureux Park on July 6, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Barbecue fans can rejoice, knowing the Benson Group will be manning the grill. There will also be plenty of games, prizes, freezie treats, and a photo station.

The free event is open to the public, but free-will offerings will be most graciously accepted.

“The Board of Directors of the United Way of SD&G are thrilled to host this family event as a symbol of our thanks, a day we can all come together to enjoy and celebrate,” said Danny Aikman, president of the board.

United Way is governed by a local board of directors, who, with United Way staff, and volunteers help to raise funds that assist 16 agencies (19 programs) throughout the counties.

The local United Way has been caring for the community since 1944 and was originally known as the Cornwall Community Chest Association. In 1975, it changed to the United Way of Cornwall & District. Their current moniker was adopted in 2004.

"70 years of service to our communities is amazing!” said Lori Greer, executive director, "it is reason to celebrate but without our loyal donors, business leaders, and local citizens this anniversary would not have been possible."

United Way's mission is to improve lives by working together with priorities focused on moving people from poverty to possibility, healthy people, strong communities, and all that kids can be.

For more information on United Way Centraide SD&G, or to donate, visit unitedwaysdg.com.

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