VIDEO: United Way Does Not Solicit Donations at the Door

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The United Way of Windsor-Essex is warning residents that it does not solicit donations door-to-door.

The organization received a call from someone Monday afternoon saying that someone had knocked on their door asking for money for the United Way.

Witness reported a group of three people walking in an east Windsor neighbourhood asking for donations.

Wendy Baker tells CTV News the woman at her door asked for $28/month, but didn't want cash — just her banking information

"I basically said I have no incoming in right now so I can't donate, I'm sorry, I have to take care of me first," she says.

Others weren't so lucky. Baker says her neighbour did hand over some personal information.

"I asked her, 'did you give her the numbers to the bank card?' and she said 'yes.' "

Andy Bothamley, Vice President of Finance and Operations at the United Way tells CTV Windsor, the group has never raised money through door to door solicitation. He says "Most of the organizations that support United Way would give through their workplace as employees, but we also have a direct mail campaign where people receive mail to their homes."

The United way also accepts donations online or over the phone. Bothamley advises if anybody comes to your door soliciting funds for a charitable organization, to ask for ID or simply, decline to donate.

 

— with files from AM800's Kristylee Varley and CTV Windsor