Bagel Factory helping to raise dough for United Way

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With the first two months of 2021 under our belts, the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton has already started fundraising for the year.

The Bagel Factory has partnered with the United Way for March Bagel Madness, a month-long initiative whereby The Bagel Factory will donate $1 from every dozen bagels sold in March to the United Way.

“We had to close for a few weeks during the COVID-19 pandemic, but partnering with the United Way is an excellent opportunity for us to let the community know we’re back and open for business,” said co-owner Melanie Tiggelaar. “The United Way of Sarnia-Lambton is a well known and respected organization, and we are happy to partner with them and we hope to help kick off the 2021 United Way campaign with plenty of dough.”

Tiggelaar added they will also provide opportunities for the customers to donate directly to the United Way at the store.

The Bagel Factory is located at 1152 London Rd. in Sarnia across from the Real Canadian Superstore and is open seven days a week. Curbside pick up is also available by calling 519-344-7719.

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Shell Canada employees in Corunna kicked off their 2021 fundraising with a Valentine’s Day bouquet delivery while Enbridge Pipelines held an employee auction. All funds will be directed to the 2021 campaign.

As reported last month, the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton board of directors approved at its Feb. 22 meeting to refocus community funding to be more reflective of local urgent needs.

The United Way will direct up to 40 per cent of its funding to emergency essentials of life such as emergency shelter, clothing and food security under the From Poverty to Possibility heading.

Youth funding will remain a key part of United Way community investments, with supporting All that Kids Can Be. Program funding will be specifically targeted to those children who are economically disadvantaged or have special needs.

The final focus of funding will be Healthy People, Strong Communities. Mental-health programming aimed at eliminating isolation and depression, reducing suicide and promoting inclusion, along with programs and services geared to seniors’ health and ability to live at home.

“The United Way will be proactive in the next few months talking to community groups that focus on these types of programs and discussing how United Way can better assist them in helping those most in need in Sarnia-Lambton,” said Jason Killingsworth, the 2021 United Way volunteer president.

Killingsworth added the new funding priorities are more aligned with the United Way of Canada’s funding priorities.

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“While we as an organization will be proactive and talking to groups, we invite all charitable organizations who believe United Way funding can help the people they serve to contact us,” he said. “The United Way office can be reached at 519-336-5452.”

As a result of the support and confidence from almost 4,000 donors, Killingsworth added the United Way is in a position to respond quickly to meet the new and emerging needs in our community, highlighted in large part by the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, he said the United Way can continue to fund the third and final year of most the of 36 currently funded programs and services at appropriate levels.

Killingsworth pointed out that, going forward, the United Way is likely to return to one-year funding terms with yearly agency extension applications. The United Way raised $1,753,000 in 2020, reaching 92.2 per cent of the $1.9-million needs target.

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