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Students make seniors smile on Random Act of Kindness Day

Students with senior residents

On November 4, 2016 over 30 University of Waterloo student and staff volunteers spent the morning at Schlegel Villages, University Gates engaging with senior residents in a range of fun activities in celebration of this year’s Random Act of Kindness Day (RAK Day) campaign. Partnering with The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation for the fourth year in a row, RAK Day seeks to create a more caring and empathic community, inviting everyone to come together to pay it forward.

Fighting hunger in our community on Halloween night

Trick or Eaters

When Waterloo residents heard knocks on their doors this past Halloween, they discovered that one group of trick-or-treaters wasn’t asking for candy. A total of 82 participants from the University of Waterloo joined the Trick-or-Eat initiative organized by the Federation of Students.

UWaterloo marches with the community to end gendered violence

UWaterloo at Take Back the Night

Last Thursday, the University of Waterloo marched alongside our community in Waterloo Region’s annual Take Back the Night (TBTN) march.

Feds GLOW centre celebrates diversity at annual Pride Parade

Students holding pride flag

Every year, the City of Toronto hosts an annual Pride Festival. A highlight of the celebration is the colourful Pride Parade, where groups from across Canada march through the bustling streets of downtown Toronto to show their support for the LGBTQ+ community.

Exploring communities across Canada

Students in front of the mist

On Saturday, June 4, University of Waterloo students stood in front of Niagara Falls to enjoy one of the most breathtaking views in Canada. As the water tumbled and roared, the group gathered near the mist for an engaging, community-driven trip with International and Canadian Student Network (ICSN), a Federation of Students’ service. Run entirely by undergraduate volunteers, the service organizes outings for local, international, and exchange students to help them connect and explore the communities around them.

Championing our outstanding student volunteers

Volunteer centre grand opening ribbon cutting

Helping a ten year old Syrian refugee boy in Kitchener learn English, cleaning up Ezra Street in Waterloo after St. Patrick’s Day, teaching a senior citizen in Cambridge how to use an iPad so that he can Skype with his granddaughter – the impact of University of Waterloo students’ volunteerism in our community is one that is ought to be celebrated.

Bringing Waterloo pride to the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival

Students flipping pancakes

Despite the cold weather, a group of University of Waterloo students travelled to Elmira in search of a delicious Canadian treat this past weekend at the annual Elmira Maple Syrup Festival on April 2, 2016.

Waterloo gets creative for a good cause

UWaterloo CanBuild, featuring a collage of different canned structures

Beginning in 2014 in partnership with the Federation of Students Food Bank and the Food Bank of Waterloo Region, the University of Waterloo CanBuild competition helps create awareness of these issues by engaging the campus community to develop teams, collaborate, and put their design skills to work by building unique structures from the food donations they collect.

Glowing for 45 years

rainbow cupcakes

On March 8, 2016, the Glow Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity celebrated 45 years of transforming lives at the University of Waterloo. A Federation of Students service, the Glow Centre is the oldest queer organization of its kind in Canada.

Canning hunger to create social change in our community

Homelessness and food insecurity affect countless communities and groups of people, including many in the Waterloo Region. Locally, more than 3000 people used the shelter system in 2015 and 1 in 20 households rely on food banks.

Leading to issues surrounding mental health and well-being, individuals and families plagued with these concerns face hardships that lead to a poor quality of life. The University of Waterloo and fellow community partner organizations recognize these as significant problems that need addressing. On February 1, 2016, the first ever regional Design Jam was hosted by St. Paul’s GreenHouse and Communitech’s Accelerating Social Cause Entrepreneurs (ASCEnt), as an innovative way to engage students and youth aged 18 to 29 in a curated open discussion about improving food and housing security in Waterloo Region.

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