ESTEVAN - The people and businesses of the Estevan area were once again very generous with their support for the United Way Estevan in 2021.
Financial statements released during the United Way’s annual general meeting Wednesday night at the Days Inn showed that the United Way had $447,393 in total revenue for the last fiscal year, which ended Dec. 31, 2021. Donations accounted for $442,950 of that revenue.
The United Way's annual fundraising telethon last October brought in more than $359,000 of the donations.
The United Way had $571,354 in revenue in 2020, but included in that total was $183,531 in special project grants from the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation and the federal government to assist people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The biggest expenses included $270,500 for member agency allocations and $73,519 for community impact projects.
The United Way has also elected a new executive. Robert Godfrey is the new president, replacing Danny Ewen, whose one-year term has come to an end. Becca Anderson will be the first vice-president. A second vice-president has yet to be elected.
Lynn Trobert will remain as treasurer and Ewen will be the past-president.
The majority of the United Way's member agencies and community partners were represented at the annual meeting. Each one took several minutes to discuss their programs and their contributions to those who live in the Estevan area.
The United Way also promoted its upcoming Day of Caring, which will be Wednesday, May 26. Volunteers and projects will be needed.
Next week’s edition of the Mercury will have more on this story.