United Way celebrates investing $678,000 in the region this year.

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KAMLOOPS - The Thompson Nicola Cariboo United Way announced an investment of $678,000 in the Thompson Nicola Cariboo region at the Annual General Meeting and Celebration of Investments on May 24, 2016.

“Our AGM and Celebration of Investments are a chance to report back to our community and celebrate the investments we have made to build strong communities and improve lives. Without our Board of Directors, Campaign Cabinet and Community Impact Councils, our work wouldn't be possible. We especially want to honour our non-profit organizations who work on the front lines every day and help our most vulnerable citizens regain dignity, be heard, and most importantly, have hope,” says Danalee Baker, Executive Director of United Way Thompson Nicola Cariboo.

In 2016, United Way invested $32,000 in the Cariboo, $40,000 in Merritt, $52,000 in the North Thompson, $54,000 in Ashcroft, Cache Creek, and Logan Lake, and $500,000 locally in Kamloops.

Each year more than fifty Community Impact Council (CIC) volunteers spend countless hours reviewing applications and interviewing local non-profits before investing local donors’ dollars into programs and services throughout our region. The councils are made up of leadership donors who act as local champions and link United Way with emerging issues in their respective communities.

CIC members from the region spoke about their experiences at the event including Lisa Moses, Merritt CIC Member and Community Coordinator at Teck Highland Valley Copper.

“I love learning about these small organizations and their impact on the community. It has been a great experience,” says Moses.

For more information on United Way and the impact made in the Thompson Nicola Cariboo region, please visit www.unitedwaytnc.ca.

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