United Way of Saint John, Kings and Charlotte launched its 62nd community campaign on Wednesday, focused on supporting the community and celebrating local lives transformed by local love.

Campaign chair Shelley Wood said the United Way’s 2021 campaign goal is to raise $ 1.72 million by February 2022.

“I have been a campaign volunteer in my workplace for many years and have always been proud to support the United Way’s mission to build a better future,” said Wood.

Money raised by the campaign will provide funding to 19 different charities in Saint John, Kings and Charlotte counties. Examples of charities include the First Steps Housing Project, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Ability NB.

Wood adds that 2020 has been a difficult year for everyone involved and as things slowly return to normal, the pandemic has exacerbated the difficult issues many people face in the region.

“United Way is tackling these unbearable issues of poverty, domestic violence and mental health in a way that is making a real and measurable difference in the lives of so many, thereby creating stronger communities for all,” a- she declared.

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