What would happen if...

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Guest blog by Donna Sutherland, Administrative Officer, School of Accounting and Finance

What would happen if...

That is the question I ask myself.

What would happen to the people who access United Way supported programs if these programs were not funded?  I personally have not needed the services that the United Way supports but I do know others who have. I am comforted knowing that these services are available in our community.  

Kicking off the 2016 United Way campaign

Tuesday, October 4 signaled the launch of the University of Waterloo’s annual United Way workplace campaign. Check out all the red highlights from across campus!

Introducing ePledge - an easy way to give

United Way ePledge form

One of the biggest services our campus United Way campaign provides is making it easy for people to donate. The United Way of Kitchener Waterloo and Area couldn’t possibly connect with the 300,000+ residents of the area. So they rely on workplace campaigns like ours to provide pledge forms and offer easy ways of donating, such as deducting donations directly from our paycheques (or whatever you call them now that they’re not cheques anymore).

Waterloo’s United Way campaign launches today

How did black and gold go red?

Thanks to volunteers across campus, the University of Waterloo went red today to support the university’s 2016 United Way campaign.  You can even find red cookies in Food Services outlets! Take photos of the red you see around campus and post them on Twitter or Instagram with the #UWUnitedWay hashtag.

Some of our volunteers kicked it off a little early at the United Way Train Pull on Friday, September 23 when the University of Waterloo team took the trophy once again!

University of Waterloo United Way Campaign releases 2015 Annual Report

We set a goal and we beat it again! At the beginning of 2016 we let you know that the University of Waterloo’s United Way Campaign had met its 2015 goal to help the community. Now you can learn more about the behind the scenes of the campaign by reading the 2015 Annual Report. The report reviews the highlights and impact of the 2015 campaign, the people behind the campaign and the fundraising events that bring the campus together every October.

UWaterloo United Way Day of Caring 2016 - Community Building through Gardening

University of Waterloo Volunteers at Extend-A-Family Site

On Friday, June 3, a team of volunteers from the University of Waterloo spent a sunny morning beautifying the Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region site for the Day of Caring with the United Way Kitchener Waterloo & Area. Dressed in UWaterloo t-shirts with favorite sun hats and gardening tools, our group marked another successful Day of Caring, embracing a seven-year tradition of giving back to the community.

Find your United Way any time of the year

Want to participate in the United Way Campaign but find October is just too hectic? You can host United Way events in your area at any time during the year!

The Office of Research area representatives, Heather Murphy and Christina Yee, decided to take this approach because they found that October was a busy month, with lots of treats already being offered for one reason or another. This generous group also supports several families during the Christmas season and holds a Halloween event for another charitable cause.

United Way Campaign Wrap Up

Well, we did it. Again.

Our 2015 United Way campaign was one of our best campaigns ever. Students, faculty, staff, and retirees demonstrated that the University of Waterloo is a caring and generous community.

2015 campaign highlights include:  

Building community on campus and beyond

Principal Brown performing Gangnam style

The University of Waterloo United Way campaign ends up being more about just raising money for a great cause. We saw it enhance the great community we already have at the University of Waterloo – we also saw it inspire creativity.

Thank you for making a difference

The co-chairs of United Way campaign, James Skidmore and Nadine Collins

The University of Waterloo’s 2015 United Way Campaign is wrapping up and we wanted to send a sincere thank you to everyone who was involved. There are so many ways to support the United Way campaign and whether you donated time or funds, you’ve made an impact.