Tuesday, 22 January 2013 10:47

Lindbjerg excited about the prospects for the United Way in 2013

Written by  Jessi Gowan
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The Swift Current United Way ended their 2012 campaign on a high note — by reaching their goal of raising $100,000.

Thanks to the generosity of the Swift Current area, the organization will be able to use this money to continue to support their member agencies, who provide valuable services to the community and region.
“We hit our goal due to the regular support we see from individual and corporate sponsors, as well as a bequest this year which really helped push us over the edge,” explained Darla Lindbjerg, executive director. “We bring accountability, transparency, and leadership to the community, so they can give money and know it will be put in the right hands. That combination is very appealing to people.”
United Way also gives a voice to their member agencies, allowing the community to better understand the services they offer and where the needs are within the region. Lindbjerg, who has only been working with the Swift Current United Way since May of 2012, is hopeful the relationship between the United Way and the community will continue to grow.
“We do have a fairly good base of individual donors who mainly keep themselves anonymous, and we have some very important corporate sponsors as well, like Innovation Credit Union and Gibson Energy,” she said. “We are extremely grateful for those partnerships, and value that support. I really think that more people are talking about the United Way, and our reputation is really building within the community.”
Currently, Lindbjerg is working with the United Way on the annual Trip Lottery, which offers ticket buyers the opportunity to win up to five unique trips, as well as an early bird prize of a $1,000 travel voucher, donated by WW Smith.
“We upped the ante with our trips this year, and have trips to the Dominican Republic, China, Las Vegas, Disneyland, and Jamaica,” she said. “Historically, we’ve only sold about 45 per cent of the 999 tickets that we have for sale, but we are hoping that the community will step up and buy their tickets.”
Tickets for the drawing, which will be held over the week of June 17-20, can be purchased from Pharmasave, WW Smith, Et Cetera, Quik Lube, and the City of Swift Current office.
They can also be purchased on the Swift Current United Way’s website.
“We also have our golf tournament coming up in June, which we are planning to have a little fun with,” added Lindbjerg. “And we are thinking about doing a baby crawl in August, since it was so successful last time.It’s a great way for us to raise some awareness before the kickoff of our fall campaign. We are hoping for another good year in 2013.”

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