United Way Campaign

Thank You for supporting United Way's 2020 Campaign

Our 2020 United Way campaign has wrapped up and we wanted to send a sincere thank you to everyone who helped make this year a success. We’ve developed a video to say thanks to everyone who has contributed – and our President, Feridun Hamdullahpur, has made an appearance where he reveals the grand total of our campaign. Check it out below.

Whether you donated through e-pledge, supported a department fundraiser, or helped spread the word about the United Way, you helped us make this year memorable and impactful. 

Despite the campaign going virtual and being in a pandemic, together we’ve raised an amount we can truly be proud of.! With your support, United Way Waterloo Region Communities will be able to help more families through difficult times – whether that be to provide mental health services, housing, crisis support, voluntary support, or access to food. You have helped to build a stronger Waterloo region.

Thank you!

Celebrating the spirit of National Philanthropy Day

Two volunteers in Waterloo shirts hold umbrellas during the annual Umbrella March fundraising event.

Photo taken in 2018 from UWaterloo United Way's Umbrella March

A message from the University of Waterloo's United Way Campaign.

Did you know that this past Sunday, November 15th was National Philanthropy Day? What is National Philanthropy Day, and what does it mean to us here at the University of Waterloo?

National Philanthropy Day is a day where we celebrate charitable donations, as well as recognize those who provide volunteer support for various charities around the globe. Basically, it’s a day where we reflect on the great work that helps individuals through times of crisis and hardship, as well as strengthen our communities.

The United Way committee would like to thank each and every one of you who have contributed to our charitable campaign this year. Through your donations, volunteer time, and actions, we’ve raised money for places like KW Counselling Services, House of Friendship, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and so many more. Donations to the United Way means your money goes to the charities that have high impact in our community and goes to the charities that need it most.

If you’ve always wanted to contribute to a philanthropic cause, please consider the United Way. It’s the best of all worlds, because it distributes your donations to the individuals and charities that need it most. And good news, our campaign is still open for donations.


Please join us in celebrating our amazing volunteers who had to be extremely creative during our 2020 campaign where we couldn’t be on campus together. We were blown away by the ingenuity of their events, even during a pandemic. We have amazing people here at the University of Waterloo and the success of our campaign is simply a great example of that.

Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.

March of the Deans 2020

For the past four years, all of the Faculty Deans have banded together, dressed up in amazing group costumes and marched into Senate mid-October to raise awareness for United Way! This act has reinvigorated the leadership team to continue their efforts of fundraising for United Way on campus. If you would like to donate click here: https://uwaterloo.ca/united-way/how-donate

Thank you for your support of the 2019 United Way campaign!

Joan Fisk, CEO of United Way Waterloo Region Communities, thanks you for being the one to help many of our essential services through your generosity with the 2019 United Way campaign! Click here to watch the video. 

Joan Fisk, CEO of United Way Waterloo Region and Communities, stilled image of 2019 campaign thank you video

United Way Waterloo Region Communities creates COVID-19 Community Response Fund

In response to the unprecedented coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), United Way Waterloo Region Communities has created the COVID-19 Community Response Fund. This fund will support the work of frontline organizations who are at the forefront of this issue and collectively striving to ensure our most vulnerable citizens are safe and healthy.

“This is a difficult time for everyone and we know those who are already marginalized in our community will be disproportionately impacted. We want every citizen in Waterloo Region and the organizations doing crucial work on the ground to know that we’re here to support them,” said Joan Fisk, CEO of United Way Waterloo Region Communities.

Please consider donating to this special campaignThe funds collected will stay here in Waterloo Region and go directly to the organizations that require more support during this time. United Way is working directly with community leaders and agencies to ensure we are providing help where needed.

For more information about the COVID-19 Community Response Fund or United Way Waterloo Region Communities, you can contact 519-888-6100 or email info@uwaywrc.ca.

University of Waterloo United Way Workplace Campaign

We look forward to updating you on our 2019 campaign results.

Mark your calendar for our 2020 campaign launch on Thursday, October 1.

  1. Sep. 4, 20202019 United Way Annual Report

    Check out our annual report from our 2019 United Way Workplace Campaign and see if we hit our goal!

  2. July 17, 2020Charitable Spotlight: House of Friendship

    Local hotel partners with House of Friendship during COVID-19, creating hope and opportunity for homeless men

    By: Landon Jennings, UWaterloo United Way Campaign Committee Communications Team

  3. June 19, 2020$800k distributed by our local United Way through the COVID-19 Community Response Fund
    United Way Waterloo Region Covid-19 Community Response Fund Logo

    The Waterloo Chronicle shares how United Way Waterloo Region's Covid-19 Community Response Fund distributed $800,000 to 43 charities across Waterloo Region during the pandemic, to assist organizations for front-line services, wellness supports, shelters and more. Learn more: https://www.waterloochronicle.ca/news-story/9960122--800k-being-distributed-to-waterloo-region-charities-through-covid-19-community-response-fund/ 

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