Campaign Update – 2020 Cars for Community Surpasses ExpectationsDecember 22, 2020
The 2020 Cars for Community has surpassed expectations, raising more than $24,000 by 21 participating dealerships easing United Way HPE toward the $1.71 million mark just ahead of the Christmas break.
The annual Cars for Community event was postponed in the spring due to Covid 19 restrictions affecting the local automotive industry. Dealerships voted to reschedule the event to the fall and moved forward with a plan to run a three month Cars for Community campaign in support of United Way’s 2020 fundraising efforts.
Each participating dealership made a donation for every unit sold from September to November, raising a combined total of $24,290 for our community!
Inspector Sheri Meeks of Belleville Police Service and the 2020 United Way HPE Campaign Chair congratulates the dealerships for responding during a very difficult year “It’s been a remarkable, collaborative effort for the betterment of our whole community and we thank every single participating dealer for making a huge difference in the lives of others.”
With many workplaces still to report, United Way HPE continues to track well against last years campaign, trailing only slightly to the same time in 2019. Organizers are predicting that when the campaign officially closes on January 31st the total raised will be a bit less than the year prior. “We knew this year would be different than it has in the past” says Brandi Hodge, Executive Director, United Way HPE, “our community has responded beautifully to this campaign—we’ve had some workplaces report record breaking results and some report a little lower, but what is very obvious is that everyone has done what they can and that is remarkable.”
Last year the organization made a push in the final weeks of the 2019 campaign to raise the last $50,000 needed to reach its goal. “We won’t be making a final push this year” said Hodge. “Everyone has done what they can and the results are humbling.”
“It’s been inspiring to say the least” remarked Meeks. “this community has managed their way through a time of unprecedented challenges AND yet they prioritized the United Way campaign demonstrating the care we have for each other —we couldn’t be more grateful.”
United Way Hastings & Prince Edward will close the 2020 campaign on January 31; donors who would like to contribute and receive a charitable tax receipt for the 2020 year can do so prior to December 31st. The United Way HPE final achievement will be announced in early February.
To learn more about this year’s Cars for community visit: www.unitedwayhpe.ca/cars-for-community