Wander through the University of Waterloo campus in October and there’s a chance you’ll come across a Dean dressed as Winnie the Pooh, plasma car races, decorate-your-own-cupcake bars or yoga classes.
It may not sound like typical campus activities, but they all have one thing in common: raising funds for the University of Waterloo’s United Way campaign. October is campaign month and a chance for faculty and staff to put their creativity to the test with United Way fundraising events. These events are a critical part of the campaign: they help build a sense of community within and between campus groups while also raising awareness about the campaign.
What were some of the event highlights at UWaterloo?
- Things got started when the university went red for United Way at the beginning of October. Check out the storify to see the day unfold.
- Food Services sweetened things up with United Way and Smile cookies, with a portion of the proceeds going to the United Way campaign. They also hosted a cupcake booth in the Student Life Centre, where participants could make a donation and leave with a sweet, custom treat!
- The Student Success Office hosted their annual ‘Talent Auction’ which saw staff members bidding against each other to have their lunch bought, a pair of mittens knit, or their holiday gift wrapping taken care of by another staff member.
- The Faculty of Arts sped into the campaign with their Plasma Car Races that saw staff and faculty members racing through the AUO to support the United Way.
In total, 49 events raised over $27,000