UWaterloo campuses come together to pay it forward on Random Act of Kindness Day

Students handing out flowers to seniors

Friday, November 4, 2016 marked the fourth consecutive year the University of Waterloo has partnered with The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation to spread kindness on our campuses and in the community, along with over 250 communities across Canada. This year, we were proud to give back to our community in a number of ways:

  • Our Waterloo campus brought more than 30 student volunteers to Schlegel Villages, University Gates at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging to spend time with the senior residents playing cards, painting nails, doing puzzles, making crafts, surprising them with hip hop and mambo dance performances, and even knighting them with signature Warrior Tribe hats;
  • Each of our satellite campuses participated, from Cambridge to Kitchener to Stratford, with the Stratford Campus partnering with The Stratford Perth Community Foundation for the second year in a row, bringing a group of students to the Spruce Lodge long term care facility to engage with local residents and spread kindness to seniors;
  • We had over 20 different UWaterloo groups, departments, and services get involved with our Random Act of Kindness Day celebration on Friday, from Renison’s dedicated BASE students spreading tons of love in the SLC, to UW Parking ticket forgiveness, surprise chocolates from Velocity, hugs from Athletics’ King Warrior, and even free upgrades at Campus Bubble. 

Students doing puzzles with seniores

​Check out the full list of teams who got involved:

  • Alumni Relations
  • Athletics and Recreation
  • Campus Bubble
  • Campus Response Team
  • Feds’ Women’s Centre
  • Food Services
  • International Canadian Student Network
  • Random Act of Kindness Krew
  • Renison English Language Institute
  • Retail Services
  • School of Architecture
  • School of Pharmacy
  • Stratford Campus
  • St. Paul’s University College
  • Sustainable Campus Initiative
  • United Way Committee
  • UW Parking Services
  • Velocity
  • Waterloo Engineering Society
  • Warrior Tribe

Student painting nails for seniors

Thank you to every individual and team who helped us pay it forward, contributing their kindness and goodwill to make our community a welcome place for all. Stay tuned for our video recap later this week, and check out all the #UWaterlooRAK highlights in our Storify:

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