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Random Acts of Kindness Krew

On Saturday, February 28th, the Federation of StudentsRandom Acts of Kindness Krew helped kick the winter blues by offering their time to shovel driveways in our community for their first ever Shake the Snow event. Polishing up approximately 6 houses with 4 committed volunteers resulted in a successful community-driven adventure for this relatively new campus club.

Inspired by the University of Waterloo’s RAK Day achievements from last fall, club president, Victoria Harkes, felt that such a positive initiative like this could fuel it’s momentum with year-long student and community support.

The Women’s Centre Bra & Panty Drive

Imagine being female, living on the street or in a shelter, with no access to menstrual products or clean undergarments.

Sadly, this is a real problem that many girls and women in this predicament face. Although most shelters receive loads of donated hygiene products and articles of clothing, female-specific essentials remain scarce. Consequently, women residing in these conditions often have to make do or go without.

Haircuts for Hope

This past January 23rd 2015, a few simple snips made a big difference.

By hosting Haircuts for Hope in the SLC Atrium, the Renison Academic Counsel and the Social Development Studies Society were able to raise over $500 for the local charity, Monica Place: a shelter in Waterloo Region that provides a safe and healthy environment for pregnant and parenting youth.

Calling all Donors

The Blood Signal, a media campaign to signify times of great need for donated blood, is activated numerous times per year. To help prevent these times of great need the University of Waterloo hosts a number of blood donor clinics throughout the year. Each year through these clinics Waterloo donates over 800 units of blood to help those in need.

Holiday Giving

Traditions are an important part of every community, especially around the holidays, and the University of Waterloo is no exception.  Each December students, faculty and staff in our many faculties and departments come together to support numerous holiday initiatives. From toy drives to the collection of winter wearables to food hamper deliveries, our Waterloo community is working together to give back to the community we live in.  

 

Real Warriors Wear Pink

The end of November marks the wrap up of Waterloo's annual Think Pink campaign lead by our department of athletics and recreation.  In its 7th year, Think Pink raises awareness and funds for breast cancer research with all funds going to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Ontario division.   

Think Pink began as an initiative by Waterloo's Women's Basketball team and in just seven years has expanded to include multiple varsity teams, recreational activities, and other fundraising events engaging the entire University community. 

UWaterloo Warriors “Team-Up” with local schools

Positive messages from positive role models. This is the key idea around which the Team-Up program, sponsored in part by the Education Credit Union, is based. Team-Up brings Varsity Student-Athletes to schools where they speak to classes or teams about topics such as goal setting, having positive role models and being a team player. With over 52 schools, both elementary and secondary, and over 5,500 individuals participating last year in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, this year’s Team-Up school outreach program looks to reach even more students with their positive message that focuses around the Six Keys to Success.

Spreading kindness in our community with #UWaterlooRAK

On November 7, 2014 the University of Waterloo teamed up with The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation and our Federation of Students to spread kindness on our campus and in the community. #UWaterlooRAK day saw hundreds of students, staff, faculty, and community members giving and receiving random acts of kindness.  Some of the activities included sharing kindness treats, gratitude and thank you card stations, exemptions on parking violations, the collection of winter wearables for those in need, toiletry donations for the Out of the Cold program, kindness encounters with Tony the Tiger and King Warrior, and a local community clean-up.

Trick or Eat

On the scariest night of the year, 190 people from the University of Waterloo community ventured out into the streets. They needed to find food. No, they weren't secret zombies but participants in Trick or Eat.

Trick or Eat is an annual event held on Halloween by the Feds Student Food Bank, which is a Federation of Students service. It is a part of the national initiative launched by Meal Exchange, a charity that works to help young adults improve their local food systems.

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