Western rep for United Way hoping to expand funding

Cory Hurley
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Ashley Butt has been recently appointed western representatives for United Way Newfoundland and Labrador.

The provincial chapter of the United Way wants to improve lives and build community support in western Newfoundland.

Ashley Butt was recently named the organization’s western representative, a position that has been vacant for some time. Along with the expanded provincial scope, the Pasadena native will lend a hand to increasing awareness among community groups.

“I like the fact they are a worldwide organization that funds societies within communities,” she said. “They are trying to increase their Newfoundland presence.”

Since 2004, the United Way of Avalon expanded into a provincial organization by 2009. A record $1,000,000 was raised during its 2012 Workplace Campaign. It partners with agencies and organizations provincewide to provide services that strengthen individuals, families, and communities within three categories: poverty to possibility; healthy people, strong communities; and all that kids can be.

However, Butt said the “charity’s charity” is not being utilized in western Newfoundland. Last year, just one proposal was issued in this area and that was through the Newfoundland and Labrador Laubach Literacy Council.

“There is a lot of potential out here to get funding,” Butt said. “I am sure there is a lot we can do. If people do not know it’s out there, they will not apply obviously.

“We want more people to fund, more programs happening.”

United way has issued its annual call for proposals for community fund grants. The deadline is April 30, and all proposals will be reviewed by its community investment committee and recommendations made to the board in July 2014.

More information can be found online at www.nl.unitedway.ca.

Organizations: United Way, Newfoundland and Labrador Laubach Literacy Council

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Pasadena

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