Help Tim Hortons make Smiles for the United Way-Annual Smile Cookie fundraiser starts September 20!
Starting Monday, September 20th there will be even more smiling faces at Fredericton and Minto Tim Hortons restaurants. While supplies last, guests can purchase a special smiling chocolate chip cookie for $1.00 plus tax with all proceeds donated to United Way/Centraide Central NB.
“Tim Hortons is thrilled to help bring smiles to the countless individuals in our communities who will be assisted by the agencies funded by the United Way, through our Smile Cookie fundraiser,” says Reid Manore, Tim Hortons Restaurant Owner. “The success of the program would not be possible without the support and generosity of our community. On behalf of all the Fredericton and Minto Tim Hortons team members, I would like to thank all our Tim Hortons guests for their support of this meaningful cause.”
The funds from this year’s campaign will benefit the wide variety of programs provided by the thirty-five member agencies of the United Way. It usually comes as a surprise to most people when they learn that one in four people in the community will receive help or support from a United Way agency,” said Brian Duplessis, Executive Director of the United Way. “If you look closely, you will discover that a friend, neighbor, colleague or member of their extended family has benefited from your support of the United Way.”
About United Way
United Way/Centraide of Central N.B. is an incorporated non-profit charitable organization focused on supporting the healthy development of our community. In addition to running an annual fundraising campaign to support a vital network of human service programs, we work in collaboration with people from political, corporate, labour and social service sectors to create capacity within the communities we serve, and to create community impact.
Tim Hortons Inc. Overview
Tim Hortons is the fourth largest publicly-traded restaurant chain in North America based on market capitalization, and the largest in Canada. Tim Hortons appeals to a broad range of consumer tastes, with a menu that includes coffee and donuts, premium coffees, flavored cappuccinos, specialty teas, home-style soups, fresh sandwiches and fresh baked goods. As of April 4th, 2010, Tim Hortons had 3,596 system wide restaurants, including 3,029 in Canada and 567 in the United States. More information about the Company is available at www.timhortons-invest.com -30-For more information, please contact:
Tim Hortons-Sandy DeWolfe, Regional Marketing Manager, (506) 382-8467
United Way-Brian Duplessis, Executive Director, (506)451-7792 email@example.com
$1.2 million | Campaign director says money plays vital role in communityBy MOLLY CORMIER
"Whether it's the different agencies working together, or political parties working together on poverty reduction,'' he said at the United Way's campaign kickoff.
"It's so important for that to continue, no matter what happens.''
Duplessis, who took over the role of executive director of the United Way of Central New Brunswick this year, helped kick off the organization's annual fundraising campaign at the Fredericton Inn.
The crowd that filled the room Wednesday included representatives from the United Way's 35 member agencies, politicians and friends of the non-profit organization.
"There is tremendous talent and commitment in this room, there is tremendous promise," said Lt.-Gov. Graydon Nicholas while addressing supporters of the campaign.
A poster board with the campaign's goal of $1.2 million, an increase from last year's final tally of $1.192 million, was unveiled to applause from the crowd.
"We've set a goal that's a little higher than last year, when it was $1.1 million at a time of economic difficulty, and everybody recognizes that but we did exceed it," Duplessis said.
The organization decided to take on an even bigger challenge this year, he said, in response to a need in the community.
"Even when we raise that amount of money, it only meets 47 per cent of the needs of the member agencies we represent. It's just absolutely vital that this money be raised to support the various organizations.''
Money raised from the campaign will be split between the 35 local charities supported by the United Way of Central New Brunswick, including Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Fredericton and Oromocto, the Fredericton Food Bank, the Fredericton Sexual Assault Crisis Centre and the John Howard Society of Fredericton.
UPS Canada's Fredericton office already had a $84,000 donation ready to help the campaign's thermometer get started.
UPS is just one example of a successful workplace campaign and it's not too late to set one up in your own office, Duplessis said.
"If you don't have a workplace campaign, you can make a direct donation to the United Way, or set up a workplace campaign. It's very easy to do. We provide everything necessary, and it's a relatively easy way for people to make a regular donation to support a wide variety of charities," he said.
Jennifer Ringuette, brokerage manager for UPS, said the company has been involved with the campaign since arriving in the region 15 years ago.
Ringuette said fundraising for the United Way is a great way to bring employees together.
"We engage all the employees and make sure it's a personal choice. UPS has a legacy of contributing to the communities in which we work and live in, and it's a culture that we bring to our employees," she said.
UPS has regular visits from the United Way and its member agencies, and hosts regular fundraisers such as monthly dress-down days, barbecues and pledge-card donations.
"We have member agencies in to speak to us and educate on what their particular agencies do, and what their contribution to the United Way does for the community," she said.
Wednesday's kickoff was made extra special as the United Way celebrated 50 years serving the community.
Duplessis said contributing to the United Way's annual campaign is a way of giving back to the community as a whole.
"Quite often it's hard to choose which (charity) to give to, there are so many needs, but this is one way of meeting some very local needs within the central New Brunswick region," he said.
Tug of war
Enbridge Gas New Brunswick and United Way Centraide/Central New Brunswick are proud to present "Pulling for OUR Community.''
This is a tug of war style friendly competition that puts local organizations against one another to benefit United Way member agencies.
Date: Sept. 25
Team check-in: 10 a.m.
Where: Officers Square, Fredericton
Pre-registration is required for tug of war teams. Cost to enter a six-member team is $150.