United Way

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.”

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Networking event to benefit community youth leadership program

Lancer women’s basketball head coach Chantal Vallée is among the community leaders who will attend a networking event for Windsor’s young adults, students and professionals on Thursday, September 27.

The GenNext committee of the United Way offers young leaders a chance to meet and learn from their peers and mentors, as well as opportunities to volunteer and better the community, says coordinator Anjana Jacob, a 2011 graduate of the Odette School of Business.

Tuesday barbecue to support local charities

The contributions of community partners make possible the work of the United Way, according to its CEO Penny Marrett.

“Last year, because of your support, United Way’s funded strategies helped 196,000 people in Windsor-Essex,” she told volunteers at its 2012 campaign kick-off, September 14.

Retired members of the UWindsor faculty and staff will kick off the campus campaign for United Way with its annual fundraising barbecue, Tuesday, September 25. A donation of just $4 will earn supporters a hotdog or veggie dog, chips and a drink.

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University seeks employee for secondment to United Way

The President’s Committee for the United Way invites applications for the 2012 sponsored employee (previously known as a loaned representative).

The sponsored employee functions as a member of a team with a reporting relationship to the associate director of resource development at the United Way, which supports charitable organizations and community services in Windsor and Essex County.

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Centre for Smart Community Innovation lends a hand to United Way project

UWindsor’s Centre for Smart Community Innovation (CSCI) is the IT power behind the launch of the United Way Windsor-Essex County’s new volunteer matching Web site, WEVolunteer.ca, celebrated Tuesday in the CAW Student Centre.

WEVolunteer is an innovative and free service that matches the skills, interests and experiences of volunteers to local non-profit organizations. The United Way encourages volunteerism as a way to learn new skills, meet new people, improve resumes, and most importantly, give back to the community.

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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