This story is part of the #UWCommunity National Volunteer Week 2016 series, profiling volunteer-driven University of Waterloo initiatives that help make a difference in our community.
The Keystone Campaign offers the UWaterloo community an opportunity to engage in philanthropy right here on campus. Each year, 150 remarkable volunteers made up of faculty, staff and retirees share their time, ideas and enthusiasm to support Keystone. Their dedication helps to enhance the student experience and celebrate the incredible community that make up our UWaterloo family.
Through their hard work and giving spirit, Keystone volunteers play a huge part in securing funding for major Waterloo initiatives, including infrastructure improvements like the recent Health Services expansion, which was supported by funds raised through the Treat-a-gram program. Did you know that without Keystone volunteers there’d be no Treat-a-gram in February? This year, our volunteers hand delivered 3,900 cake pops with messages of gratitude and affection for friends and colleagues across our campuses. In fact, Treat-a-gram 2016 raised a whopping $13,346 for Waterloo’s new #HeForShe scholarships designed to support women in our STEM programs!
Without volunteers our annual June Picnic wouldn’t be possible. Each year the Keystone Campaign gathers hundreds of faculty, retirees and staff together in recognition of their contributions of time and financial support for our campus community. Keystone volunteers don’t just whip up the cotton candy, flip the burgers and man the dunk tank, they also spend months planning for the event.
Each November, in celebration of National Philanthropy Day, Keystone volunteers host a talk where a group of campus partners share the amazing ways they are donating their time for charitable organizations and projects around the world. Keystone has hosted some remarkable organizations such as Bringing About Better Understanding (BABU), Bridges to Prosperity (B2P) and the University of Waterloo Habitat for Humanity Build Team. This event is a great example of how Keystone volunteers celebrate giving and make our community and the world a better place!
In the time between Treat-a-gram, the picnic and National Philanthropy Day, Keystone volunteers stay busy brainstorming and executing communication strategies to promote Keystone to our campus partners and to recognize its generous contributors. They create videos and infographics; they write stories on Keystone events, donors, scholarship recipients and special projects: all to recognize the donations of our generous contributors and the impact that their giving has on our students.
To be a Keystone volunteer means exemplifying the spirit of giving. Each volunteer brings their individual enthusiasm, dedication, talent and expertise to the table for the betterment of UWaterloo as a whole.
Dedicated volunteers make these huge UWaterloo events not just possible, but awesome too. Our annual Staff Picnic is only a few months away. Get involved and join a remarkable group of doers by becoming a Keystone Volunteer!
From April 10 to 16, 2016, we invite you to join in the conversation by celebrating and recognizing individuals, groups, committees and clubs at Waterloo who actively make a difference through volunteering. Share your photos, comments, or words of thanks on Twitter and Instagram using #UWCommunity and #NVW2016.