United Way Leeds & Grenville 2020 campaign aims to raise over $700K

Trish Buote, Tanya Noyes and Christine Radford of United Way Leeds and Grenville announce this year's fundraising goal on Monday. (UWLG)

The Leeds and Grenville United Way officially kicked off its 2020 campaign on Monday with a goal of raising $738,000. 

The theme of the 63rd annual campaign is 'Local Love,' as the area continues to respond and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In launching its campaign Monday, The United Way said the 2020 fundraising goal reflects the growing need in the community, particularly during the ongoing pandemic, as many fundraising events have been cancelled so far this year.

Trish Buote, Executive Director United Way Leeds & Grenville, said in a statement, the needs in the community will be even greater and more complex this year. 

"In times of crisis, we need to come together and work to make sure immediate needs are met and the most vulnerable members of our community are taken care of," she said. 

"We are asking people to continue to show their local love, continue investing in our community if they can and, if possible, to consider increasing their gift. Our community needs your support to recover and to thrive."

The chair of this year's campaign is Terence O'Reilly, President and CEO of Pricedex Software, who said he's thrilled to take on the role despite the unique challenges. 

"Please step up with me, try to reach a little deeper and give from your heart to help the United Way meet those extra needs," he said in a statement.