6 United Way branches merge in British Columbia – Surrey Now-Leader
Six sections of Centraide across the province are merging to try to be “stronger together”.
United Way announced in a press release on Tuesday, June 22 the amalgamation of the Lower Mainland, Thompson Nicola Cariboo, Southern Interior, Trail and District, East Kootenay, and Central and Northern Vancouver Island Sections. .
Michael McKnight, CEO of the new United Way BC, said in the statement that by uniting into one organization, United Way can help more people and make a bigger difference.
“We are delighted to merge into a single entity because we will be stronger together,” he said. “This is the natural next step for us and it will help ensure strong, healthy and caring communities. “
The statement said four regional councils “will ensure that donations are maximized at the local level,” with regional council chairs serving on United Way BC’s board of directors. Centraide members approved the merger at a special general meeting on June 15, and the new organization begins operations on July 1. United Way said community work is proceeding normally.
“Together, we are committed to sustaining local programs and staff in all of our communities,” Dot Neary, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Centraide CNVI, said in the statement. “Donors want to see tangible results at the local level. This is why the dollars raised locally will remain so.
The press release says United Way surveyed more than 200 social service professionals in British Columbia, with three-quarters saying the pandemic has created challenges in service delivery and nearly 90 percent reporting increased demand. Services.