United Way

Lucky staffers celebrating United Way donation

Several UWindsor employees are extra-happy to have contributed to the campus campaign for United Way, after winning prizes in a draw reserved for donors.

Sport therapist David Stoute received one year’s free on-campus parking, and Ryan Kenney of finance as well as the Leddy Library’s Kirsti Stipanicic and Michael Houlahan each won an extra vacation day.

The 2011 campus effort raised $112,000 for the United Way.

Pass earns a year’s worth of casual dress days

The campus campaign for United Way has announced an annual pass entitling employees to participate in its Thursday dress-down days for just $50.

The University has approved dress-down days every Thursday through 2012. Individuals can purchase a sticker each week from their canvasser for a $2 donation to the United Way.

“The pass is just $50, and that donation is tax deductible,” says organizer Lynn McLeod. “If you participate through the year, the pass saves you more than half the cost, plus the tax deduction – what a deal!”

Student-run pasta dinner tops $800 for United Way

A group of students from the Odette School of Business raised more than $800 for the United Way by throwing a pasta dinner earlier this month.

“Our event was a success,” says business major Karen Gorospe. In addition to a presentation by Danielle Moldovan, the charity’s manager of resource development, it featured a performance by local band Cake & Bacon. “We had a great time.”

Student flower sale blossoms into charity donation

Selling potted poinsettias resulted in a profit of more than $500 for a group of students in business professor Brian Richie’s class in Management and Organization Life.

The members of Freedom 5 – Bill Fuerth, Brianne O’Kane, Reina Lim, Shahzeb Memon and Travis Tuovinen – ran the sale to benefit the United Way. It seemed like a natural fit, said Tuovinen.

“People do enjoy giving to charity as well as decorating for Christmas,” he said.

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Students holding pasta dinner to support United Way

Business students are trained to conduct market research, determine what is missing and fill those needs. According to Hasitha Sridharan, a student at the Odette School of Business, the United Way operates in much the same fashion.

“It sees what the community needs and then works to fill the gaps in support systems,” she said.

Sridharan and her classmates in organizational behaviour are holding a pasta dinner next week to raise funds for United Way. She has worked with the charity in the past and appreciates its role.

Networking meeting aimed at young leaders

Kristina Verner, research and development officer for the Centre for Smart Community Innovation, will be the featured speaker at a networking meeting of the United Way’s GenNext Committee, Monday, November 21, at downtown Windsor’s City Grill.

Organizers bill the event as an opportunity to meet with local businesspeople, community leaders, and individuals in their 20s and 30s interested in leadership development, volunteerism, and supporting the community.

UWindsor iClimb teams top $1,000 for United Way

Teams from the Faculty of Law and the campus campaign for United Way raised more than $1300 for the charity’s iClimb event at the WFCU Centre.

Volunteers solicited pledges and then climbed the steps inside the east-end arena.

The law school’s team of students, staff and faculty collected $735 and the team from the central campaign raised $571. Members of the campus community also participated on other teams.

Sherri Overholt of the Centre for Executive and Professional Education helped to organize the event; Karen Pillon of the Leddy Library hosted warm-ups.

Law school to mount stairs to benefit local charity

There is no better bonding exercise than actual exercise, says Francine Herlehy, assistant dean for student services in the Faculty of Law.

She is organizing a team of students, faculty and staff to participate in iClimb for United Way, soliciting sponsorship before mounting more than 1,000 stairs in the WFCU Centre on Friday.

“This is a way for Windsor law to come together,” Herlehy says. “The iClimb allows them to actively participate, rather than just write a cheque.”

The law school has an ongoing relationship with United Way.