Thursday, August 14, 2014

Target Donates To United Way

Nanaimo Target Donates $1,000 to Local United Way 

The Nanaimo Target store has donated $1,000 to United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island to boost the organization's efforts to help the most vulnerable people in our community.

Target has been giving and volunteering at United Way since its first store opened in the U.S. in 1962. In 2013, Target contributed more than $250,000 to local chapters of United Way across Canada. "Target is committed to fighting poverty and to supporting the communities where our team members live and work," said Daniel Fraser, Store Team Leader for the Nanaimo Target.

The $1,000 donation will go towards United Way's Community Fund that supports 33 programs in the Central Island that give hope to more than 11,000 people, including: 50 teens from disadvantaged families who enjoy activities and learn leadership skills; 300 women facing homelessness who receive housing and emotional support; and 79 seniors who receive free one-on-one counselling for elder abuse.

"United Way needs the support of the entire community to work on the root causes of the social issues that so many people in our region struggle with," commented Laura Heikkila, Campaign and Community Associate with United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island. "Donations from corporations like Target go a long way towards helping the most vulnerable in our community and to inspiring others to give to local charities."

United Way works to create opportunities for a better life for every person in our community. They focus on helping kids be all that they can be, move people from poverty to possibility, and create healthy people and strong communities.


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