The Queen’s United Way campaign has surpassed its $315,000 fundraising goal, and pledges are still coming in.
Faculty, staff, retirees and students have donated more than $320,000 to date.
“I am thrilled and humbled by the generosity of the Queen’s community coming together to help those less fortunate,” says faculty co-chair Nick Graham. “So many people depend on support from the United Way, and our students and colleagues at Queen’s have stepped forward with their highest level of contributions ever.”
“I am really pleased the Queen’s community came together and we reached a goal again this year. It shows that we all do work together,” says labour co-chair Sherri Ferris.
The United Way serving Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) announced last month it had exceeded its $3-million fundraising objective. Queen’s had the largest local workplace campaign.
“This is a fantastic result for our community. Congratulations to the faculty, staff, retirees and students of Queen’s University,” says President and CEO Bhavana Varma.
The United Way provided support to 106 programs in 2009, assisting 74,000 individuals in the local area.
“This holiday season provides a chance for everyone to think about those members of our community who need assistance and support. Members of the university make such an enormous difference and support of the United Way is really a wonderful demonstration of that caring in action,” says staff co-chair Shelley Aylesworth-Spink.
Queen’s students got involved in several different ways including volunteering at the United Way barbeque, organizing a holiday food and clothing drive, and collecting donations during the Science Formal open house.
“With the needs in Kingston growing each year, we are incredibly excited to have exceeded our goal for this year’s campaign,” says student co-chair Leia de Guzman.
“I am so proud to be part of the Queen’s United Way campaign,” says Allison Bailey, Human Resources staff member and campaign volunteer. “Thanks to all the staff, faculty, students and retirees who helped us exceed our goal.”
Queen’s community members who are interested in donating to the United Way can email Ms Bailey or contact her at 613-533-6000 (ext. 78345).