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.
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).
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!
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.
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.
Friday, February 26, 2016 by Nadine Collins, co-chair UWaterloo United Way Committee
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.
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.