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Celebrating Random Act of Kindness Day 2015

Collage of random acts of kindness


On November 6, 2015 the University of Waterloo partnered with The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation and the Stratford Perth Community Foundation to spread kindness on our campus and in the community. Celebrating Random Act of Kindness Day for the third year, #UWaterlooRAK saw hundreds of students, staff, faculty, and community members giving and receiving kind gestures.

Trick or Eaters make a difference on the scariest night of the year

Students in costumes around boxes of canned food

As darkness fell on October 31, non-perishable food items were collected throughout our city streets in support of the national hunger-awareness initiative, Trick or Eat.

Created by Meal Exchange as a youth-led, cross-Canada event, Trick or Eat puts a new spin on the annual night of giving – Halloween. Held on the scariest night of the year, thousands of Trick or Eaters throughout the country go door-to-door collecting food items for local community organizations, and funds to support students advocating for food for all.

Dining in the dark for a good cause

On the evening of Friday, September 25, 2015 the University of Waterloo School of Optometry & Vision Science hosted its fourth annual Dining in the Dark fundraiser, with proceeds going towards Optometry Giving Sight - the only global initiative whose mission is to permanently end refractive error blindness in the world by funding long-term, sustainable eye and vision care projects.

Building Our Community with UWaterloo's first ever Community Impact Report

The values of our community and the University are intertwined, and these connections allow our students, faculty and staff to give back in meaningful ways. Whether it is in the form of transformational research leading to the betterment of society or supporting charitable and nonprofit enterprises by volunteering their time and resources, members of the University take pride in helping to build our vibrant community.

Take Back the Night with UWaterloo

On Thursday, September 17, students, staff, and faculty are invited to join together and represent the University of Waterloo in the annual Take Back the Night march. From 6 – 9 p.m., the Kitchener-Waterloo community meets at Kitchener City Hall to march.

Canada Day Celebration Announcement

Each year, the University of Waterloo and our Federation of Students thank our community for its partnership and mutual support by hosting Waterloo Region's flagship Canada Day Celebration. Canada Day 2014 marked the 30th anniversary of our celebration, with more than 60,000 people in attendance, and we’re building another exceptional event for our community this year.

Feds Student Food Bank Remembers

She passed away on December 31, 2014 after a brave battle with cancer, but Laura Smith left a legacy of generosity that continues to impact the University of Waterloo.

Years ago, when she walked through the Student Life Centre (SLC) and spotted the Federation of Students’ Food Bank, Laura realized that some undergraduates on campus need support to eat regular, balanced meals. The Feds Student Food Bank provides free non-perishable food items, and use of it is confidential.

Volunteer Profile: Cristy Aponte

This story is part of the #UWCommunity National Volunteer week series, profiling University of Waterloo members who give their time and talent by volunteering in our community.

Cristy Aponte is incredibly inspiring.

She is currently gearing up to start her Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) this September at Waterloo’s Renison University College after just completing her honors undergraduate degree in the Social Development Studies program last Saturday. Cristy came to Canada 7 years ago from Colombia as a refugee and uses her background to help mentor, support, and teach a range of skills to new immigrants in our Waterloo Region community.

“Seeing people in the community willing to help you, makes you feel a part of the community. As a refugee, having a social worker help us was just really meaningful to me and made me want to do that for others, which is why I volunteer.”

Engineering students give back through annual Bus Push

On Sunday, March 22, the Waterloo Engineering Society enthusiastically endured their annual Engineering Bus Push event. By collectively pulling and pushing a school bus down our city streets and collecting pledges, this year’s 16 Bus Push volunteers raised over $700 for local charity, oneROOF: an organization that helps homeless and at risk youth in Waterloo Region.

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