Our events

Our community’s creativity and commitment to our campaign

Souper Thursday

This year brought the annual Souper Tuesday event on November 5, 2019. We had a souper turnout bringing in just over $1,300.

This event coincided with Thrive Week’s Walk for Mental Health. It was an excellent opportunity to support both initiatives, learn about what supports are available through the United Way, and have lunch served by our ‘Celebrity Chefs’.

Volunteers at the Super Tuesday Lunch

Celebrity chefs from left to right:  Rob Esselment, Associate Vice-President, Government Relations, Joan Fisk, CEO, United Way WRC; Jim Rush, Vice-President, Academic and Provost; Maureen Jones, Director, Student Awards and Financial Aid


The Library’s amazing commitment to United Way

The Library has shown their commitment to our United Way Campaign for several years now, running several creative events throughout the campaign such as: bake sales, silent auctions, therapy art visits, social lunches, and painting events! This year the Library was one of our leading ambassador groups, raising over $3,600 in special event dollars!

Members of the library hold up their paintings

Engineering’s Mystery Auction

Every year the Engineering department runs a very successful silent auction, managed by Karen Dubois. Since the items are wrapped by volunteers, bidders do not know what they are getting until after the auction is complete – what an awesome way to add excitement to the event! This year the silent auction raised over $1,700 for our campaign!

a table full of wrapped packages

Advancement's events have contributed more than 7% of the total dollars raised through United Way events on campus 

The Office of Advancement pulled off another successful internal fundraising campaign for United Way this year, contributing to more than 7% of our campus’ total special event money raised in 2019. Advancement runs several events, but their most popular are the “Crockpot Cook-Off" and the silent auction.

team of 25 people all wearing red shirts for United Way launch


Information and Systems Technology (IST) Cutest Pet Contest

This year, the IST department hosted a “Cutest Pet Contest” as one of their events to spread awareness and raise money for our United Way campaign. What a creative and fun way to involve employees in campaign initiatives!

Staff look at a wall of photos of pets

Applied Health Sciences (AHS) team’s creative involvement

The Faculty of Applied Health Sciences (AHS) has been phenomenal at raising awareness about our campaign and spreading cheer throughout their department – and across campus! AHS kicked-off the campaign with their second annual pancake breakfast, a real crowd pleaser, and ended the month with a new carnival! Students, looking to get a break from midterms, flocked to the carnival to get stress relief with tasty treats!

AHS staff wearing red and posing with United Way signs