GATINEAU, Thursday, October 4, 2018 – Centraide Outaouais and MRC Pontiac are using the backdrop of a Happy Hour to kick off the Centraide Outaouais 2018 fundraising campaign.
“No one is immune from being forced to live through difficult situations, whether they involve a loss of employment, mental-health issues or violence. These types of things can happen to anyone. Centraide Outaouais is one agency that ensures that our donations will end up in the right places, right here in our beautiful region. The needs are great. We have made progress, but there is still much that needs to be done,” stated Jane Toller, MRC Pontiac Warden, and member of the Centraide Outaouais campaign cabinet.
Now, more than ever, it is necessary to be able to count on a strong network of community agencies in order to be able to efficiently and effectively assist individuals and families in need. The percentage of persons 25 and over who do not have a high-school diploma stands at 25% in the Pontiac, compared with 15% for the Outaouais as a whole.
“In the Outaouais, one person out of every 10 leads a precarious existence. After visiting numerous agencies, I have seen how essential their expertise and services are, so I encourage you to get involved, mobilize, inform yourselves and contribute generously to the Centraide Outaouais campaign because its success is success for all of us,” stated Lawrence Cannon, Chair of the Centraide Outaouais campaign.
Centraide Outaouais provides funding support for seven agencies plus MRC Pontiac’s Back to School program, and its total investment for 2018-2019 will amount of $162,051.
This year, Centraide Outaouais has set itself an overall goal (for the entire Outaouais region) of helping 62,100 persons with a total of $3,547,000.
Centraide Outaouais Mission
Our mission is to mobilize people and bring resources together in order to improve the quality of life of those who are the most vulnerable and to contribute to the development of supportive communities.