YWCA launches its first Crowdfunding campaign!
Jun 26, 2017
In early May, the United Way of Waterloo Region Communities called its funded charities together to share some very painful news. Its 2016/2017 workplace campaign had again failed to meet its target. All the United Way’s funded charities’ grants would therefore be immediately reduced by 12.6%. For the YWCA’s homeless shelter for women and families, that meant an unanticipated cut of $30,200.
The shelter’s United Way grant was cut last year, too, by about $8,000, but then the YWCA was able to adjust its expenditures accordingly. However in 2017, the shelter is already budgeting a deficit, and there are no more savings available.
“Everything that could be done has been done, and now we need the community’s help to provide the basic supports that homeless people need”, said the YWCA’s President, Patricia Polischuk. “We’ve got 3,000 families who are looking for housing. We’ve got 1,600 people who need supportive housing. The YW is here to help and to make a difference, and now we need people to help us make that difference.”
On June 23rd, the YWCA will launch its first crowdfunding campaign, asking for, and hoping to receive, that critical community help.