Gardening is hard work, says Rebecca Amoah, but when you see the benefits it can bring to a community, “it’s amazing.”
The grade 12 Riverside Secondary student joined other young people from across Windsor in the Campus Community Garden on Tuesday to launch the local Change the World project, part of a province-wide Youth Volunteer Challenge.
A group of students from the Odette School of Business are hoping people will put their otherwise worthless knowledge to good use Friday. They have organized Trivia 4 a Cause as a fundraiser for the United Way/Centraide of Windsor Essex County.
The event will pit teams of four in competition and runs 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 15, in the CAW Student Centre. It offers a $200 grand prize to the winning team.
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.
Some members of UWindsor faculty and staff are extra-happy to have contributed to the 2012 campus campaign for United Way after winning prizes in a draw reserved for employee donors.
Among the prize winners are:
The campus campaign for the United Way will close its 2012 effort January 16; UWindsor employees who make a donation before then may qualify for a prize draw.
Faculty and staff who pledge a minimum of $52—just $2 per pay period—by that date will be entered into a draw for the following prizes:
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 casual dress days every Thursday through 2013. 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!”
The Windsor-Essex United Way and its youth affiliate, Students United, will ask the campus to “pay it forward” on Friday, November 9, distributing free cupcakes outside the CAW Student Centre in exchange for a promise to carry the message of Random Acts of Kindness Day through the University.
Faculty and staff who make a qualifying contribution to the charity will enter a draw for prizes that includes:
A group of business students will hold a charity bowl-a-thon in support of the Windsor-Essex United Way on Wednesday, November 14.
The event runs 9 p.m. to midnight at the Rose Bowl, 2458 Dougall Avenue. The cost to enter is $15 per person. To register, phone 519-981-7377 or 519-819-7589.
The University of Windsor’s contributions to the United Way of Windsor-Essex play a critical role in making the community a better place, according to the organization’s CEO.
“The university is a very important partner for us and we’re very grateful for all their contributions,” said Penny Marrett, who along with president Alan Wildeman, was on campus yesterday for a flag-raising ceremony to kick off this year’s annual campaign.