New blood reinvigorates United Way of SD&G

New blood reinvigorates United Way of SD&G

Pictured (from left): Russell Abraham

By Adam Brazeau 
CORNWALL, Ontario – A fresh crop of volunteers has put a new face to a 70-year-old campaign.

As the United Way/Centraide of SD&G works to reach its target fundraising goal of $707,070, familiar faces previously involved with their annual campaign, as well as several recent additions, have joined the cause.

“First and foremost, new blood brings new ideas,” said Nolan Quinn, campaign chair. 

Many members of the United Way’s 2014 campaign team are under the age of 30. Their mission is to help raise funds that assist 16 agencies (19 programs) throughout SD&G.

“I think having a younger team will bring in not only other volunteers, but also donors,” Quinn added. “Some of them have connections to other 20 and 30-year-old community members that may not know what we’re about.”

The two-term campaign chair was quick to point out that the organization is looking for volunteers with civic pride. For UW, the only numbers that count are on the campaign goal thermometers located across the Cornwall area.

“We’re looking for anyone that believes in community. Not necessarily only younger,” he said. “But at the same time we did try to make a push to get the next generation, myself included, stepping up to the plate for our community.”

Ashley McCool, campaign team member, described fundraising for the United Way as an opportunity to give back to her community.

“I’m excited to work with an amazing team who are dedicated to the cause and who bring new and innovative ideas to the team,” said McCool.

This year, UW has been touching base with a phone team, on top of their mail-out, to give thanks for every donor and their years of support.

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