Campus campaign for United Way tops fundraising target

University of Windsor contributions to the United Way have topped $100,000 for the seventh straight year, campaign volunteers learned Friday at a luncheon celebrating the 2012 fundraising results for the charity.

Staff, faculty and students donated a total of $106,530 through pledges, payroll deduction, and special projects like casual dress days and benefit barbecues.

Lorraine Goddard, director of community impact and development for the local United Way, said the organization is grateful for the support of the campus.

“This campaign is very important to us and we value our long history of partnership with the University of Windsor,” she said. “We really could not do the work we do without your generous support.”

Campaign chair Datta Pillay said his committee hopes to increase the rate of participation by UWindsor employees.

“There are a number of people in this city in need, and those of us with job security and a good income must be prepared to help,” he said.

UWindsor president Alan Wildeman thanked the canvassers, calling the volunteer job “a lot of work and a labour of love.”