Volunteers come out of retirement to help with United Way barbecue

After many years of service, UWindsor retirees continued to give their time to help those in need.

Retired and current staff volunteered to run the annual barbecue Tuesday in the Student Centre Courtyard to raise funds for United Way, which funds non-profit organizations in Windsor and Essex County.

“We want to increase awareness and raise money for the campus campaign,” says volunteer Soula Serra, student development specialist in the Educational Development Centre. “There are many people in need, and the retirees felt it was important to help them.”

Staff and students purchased hotdogs, pop, chips and fruit at the barbecue to support United Way’s strategic priorities:

  • Supporting basic needs and independence—ensuring that residents of Windsor-Essex have access to food, stable housing and other necessities
  • Positioning kids and families for success—providing children opportunities to strengthen their skills and educating and supporting parents to build stronger families
  • Creating thriving neighbourhoods—inspiring residents to participate in and contribute to their neighbourhoods, creating a sense of community and belonging

For anyone who missed it, a second barbecue will be held on October 16 in the Student Centre Courtyard from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information on the campaign and volunteer opportunities, contact organizer John McGinlay at 519-253-3000, ext. 4521.

— article and photo by Chantelle Myers