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“We work to identify how those (social and economic) needs are currently being addressed, or not, by understanding where their service goes and what the underlining issues are, also by identifying potential partners with whom the United Way can work with in order to address unmet social needs, “Community Development and Campaign Officer, Niki Hedges said while explaining the need for the city’s support.

Some of the funded programs the United Way of Northern B.C. has established in Fort St. John are the Poverty Outreach Store, providing support, clothing, and food for individuals in crisis, the Mentor Program, helping young offenders become a positive member of the community, and the Community Multicultural Immigration Services, helping new Canadians get established in Fort St. John.

“So as you can see, the United Way, through our capacity and the work we do, are really helping to build a strong community here in Fort St. John,” Hedges said.

Hedges mentioned the success of the recent Fire Truck Pull in Dawson Creek while illustrating the organization’s commitment to northern communities, and went on to say she looks forward to the city participating in the upcoming Fire Truck Pull in Fort St. John.

“I have the Fire Truck Pull on my calendar… I think we have a team going in,” Mayor Lori Ackerman said.

The Fort St. John Fire Truck Pull takes place on September 20th at the Pomeroy Sports Centre.

They are still accepting teams, and will be up to the actual day of the event.

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