December 12, 2012

Community Services launches Christmas appeal

As published in The Erin Advocate

East Wellington Community Services (EWCS) has launched its Annual Appeal, hoping to raise $25,000 to support more than 50 local programs and services.

"Thank you for coming out and supporting us – we really appreciate it," said Executive Director Kari Simpson, to the group that gathered to hear Town Crier Andrew Welch proclaim the start of the campaign.

"The secret to getting the most from this season is sharing with others," he said. "Please be generous in spirit and charity, add your light to peace and diminish disparity."

While donations of money and food are necessary, Simpson stressed that contributions of time multiply the value that the organization delivers.

"We have a huge volunteer program," she said. "All our stores in Erin and Rockwood are volunteer-run, as well as our front desk. Our food bank is primarily run by volunteers, and key staff.
We have our transportation program – we drive seniors to medical appointments, to the adult day program, and we also do some outings with our active seniors and shopping trips."

Information on the appeal has been sent out to people on a mailing list, but information is also available by calling 519-833-9696, visiting (where you can download a donation form) or simply showing up at the EWCS office, 45 Main Street, at the corner of Millwood Road.

Regular monthly giving is promoted, but one-time gifts are also appreciated. Receipts will be issued on request for donations of $10 or more.