October 6, 2016 -Employees of the City of Thunder Bay, Superior North EMS (SNEMS) and the Thunder Bay Public Library (TBPL) proudly kicked off their 2016 United Way Employee Campaign today.

"Each year, our employees generously support and contribute to United Way, both through financial donations and volunteer hours," said Kerri Marshall, General Manager - Infrastructure & Operations. "We always set a high standard when it comes to supporting the United Way and this year will be no exception."

"It's truly inspiring to see such generosity. The United Way funds 60 diverse human service programs through 29 local agencies, that move people from poverty to possibility; support mental and physical health creating a strong and safe community for all of us; and provide children and youth with support and skills for a bright future."

The employee campaign officially launched with a Kick-Off Luncheon, held Thursday at the CLE Heritage Building. Hundreds of employees attended, purchasing a delicious lunch from volunteer servers.

The Municipal Division Employees United Way Campaign has raised more than $2,568,987.26 since its inception in 1996. The fundraising goal for 2016 is $196,275.

The United Way employee campaign is organized by more than 150 volunteers with support from many others. Employees contribute through payroll deduction, Dress Down/Different days, and special events including this year's Kick-Off Luncheon, the Mayor's Mulligan Golf Tournament, the Strong Community Event, the Tricks & Treats Halloween Event and the Jeans & Jewels Christmas Party.

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Contact:          Kerri Marshall, General Manager - Infrastructure & Operation
                        (Municipal Campaign Co-Chair), 625-3077

                        Paula Ojala, Executive Assistant - Infrastructure & Operations
                        (Municipal Campaign Co-Chair), 625-3077