Centraide Outaouais and the Vallée-de-la-Gatineau RCM have launched their fundraising campaign with an objective of $105,000 to help some 2,000 vulnerable people.
The community came together at a late afternoon reception hosted by the Maniwaki and Gatineau Valley Chamber of Commerce and attended by Centraide Outaouais campaign chair Lawrence Cannon, Anik Beauseigle, regional chair, and members of her team: Sonny Constantineau, Diane Nault and Roch Carpentier.
“I have been involved in Centraide fundraising for five years,” noted Ms Beauseigle. “As a businesswoman, I have a fundamental belief in the importance of giving back to my more vulnerable fellow citizens, for whom life is not always easy. My involvement is a way of helping to make sure that the community grows, develops and prospers.”
In the RCM, 24% of the population lives below the poverty line, and 32% of those in the 24-65 age bracket lack high school graduation, compared with 15% for the Outaouais as a whole. Food security is the main issue locally, and suicide, school dropouts, senior isolation and employment access for the disabled remain major concerns.
“The needs are many across the broad expanse of the Gatineau Valley,” said Lawrence Cannon. “Hundreds of fragile people suffer from isolation, which leads to despair among the poor. We commend the work being done by the nine agencies in the Valley who achieve daily miracles in providing them with essential services.”
Centraide Outaouais provides financial support to nine agencies in the RCM, and 2018-2019 funding totals $96,154. Donations from the Vallée-de-la-Gatineau RCM are invested right there in the region.
This year, Centraide Outaouais has set an overall goal for the Outaouais as a whole of $3,547,000, to help 62,100 people.
The Centraide Outaouais mission
Motivate people and marshal resources to improve the quality of life for the most vulnerable, and help develop mutually supportive communities.