The Sanibel-Captiva United Way Campaign is approaching the conclusion of the 2013-2014 United Way Campaign, with only four weeks left. As of Jan. 28, the Sanibel-Captiva Campaign has raised just over $289,400 which is 88 percent of the goal of $330,000.
"We are happy to be at 88 percent of our goal, and a huge thank you to those who have already given. Our United Way will wrap up the annual campaign Feb. 28, and we need everyone's help to reach 100 percent," said Tony Lapi of 'Tween Waters Inn and the Sanibel-Captiva United Way campaign chair. "What would happen if we did not make our goal? Our 70 partner agencies would not be fully funded for programs that feed hungry people, protect abused children, and help seniors live independently in their own homes. Let's all join together to make a difference in thousands of lives."
"Though there has been an improvement in the local economy, thousands of people have been left behind still floundering because of the long term economic problems. The needs of children, families and seniors have not lessened. United Way 211, the help line for referral to health and human services took about 18,000 calls for help a year before the downturn. The number of calls for help in 2013 was over 53,000," said Lapi. "I know we can meet the goal. But we need your help and the help of your neighbors and local businesses. When times are tough, our community rises to the occasion and helps people who are in need."
The Sanibel-Captiva United Way Thermometer. From left to right, Crystal Mansell, Linda Uhler, Tom Uhler, Chauncey Goss, and Tony Lapi. PHOTO PROVIDED.
Over 90 percent of each gift goes directly to United Way partner agencies. Donations stay in the community to assist our friends and neighbors. F.I.S.H. of Sanibel and the Sanibel United Way House receive funds from United Way and run programs for residents of our islands.
Donate today by returning the pledge card you received in the mail, by calling 433-2000, or visiting the United Way website at unitedwaylee.org/donate.html.
Since the inception of United Way in 1957, over $120 million dollars has been raised in the local community. United Way Partner Agencies and initiatives such as the Alvin A Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center, Children's Advocacy Center, Harry Chapin Food Bank, The Salvation Army, and United Way 211 serve a diverse range of needs in our community.
In addition to raising funds for human service organizations in our community, the United Way promotes partnerships and collaborations among agencies and initiatives, helping them to work together to focus on issues and solutions that continue to improve lives. The United Way advances the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for everyone in the community.