Article from Kamloops this Week, February 28, 2018

The United Way Thompson Nicola Cariboo has topped its fundraising goal for the past three years, raising more than $700,000 above its target. Executive director Danalee Baker said the organization raised more than $7.2 million during its three-year campaign. Its goal was to raise $6.5 million.

“By exceeding our goal of $6.5 million, we are able to reach out through our entire region to help those in need recovering from the B.C. wildfires, those children who don’t have enough food on weekends and after school and those who are isolated, lonely and losing hope daily,” Baker said.

Among the initiatives funded by donations are a $91,000 Feeding the Future program, which sees the United Way partner with School District 73, Kamloops Rotary clubs and the Kamloops Food Bank to tackle child hunger.

In addition, more than $215,000 was raised for wildfire recovery.

Baker also highlighted a Red Cross donation of more than $466,000 to hire community wellness managers to support those affected by the fires.

The United Way’s next campaign, with a theme of “Local Love,” will kick off in September.