York’s United Way Campaign promises a month of great events

York’s 2005 United Way Employee Campaign begins tomorrow and will run until Nov. 23. This year’s campaign has a goal of raising $185,000. York continues to be a proud supporter of the United Way and the life-changing work done by its 200 sponsored agencies.

“We hope that we can again count on the enthusiastic and generous support of York’s faculty and staff,” said Sue Levesque, community relations officer and this year’s employee campaign chair.  “We have planned a month of great events.” The campaign kicks off tomorrow with the President’s Annual Pancake Breakfast. From 8am to 9:30am in the Central Square Cafeteria, the community can join President and Vice-Chancellor Lorna R. Marsden and other senior members of the York administration for pancakes. “The York mascots, the Spirit Squad and cheerleaders will help launch our campaign with laughter, enthusiasm and great $2 pancakes,” said Levesque.

Other events planned for the 2005 United Way Employee Campaign include:

  • Printing Services’ Bake Sale on Nov. 3.
  • Student Services Center’s Bagel Breakfast on Nov. 10.
  • Cup-A-Soup Week from Nov. 14-18. This popular event is hosted by the Offices of the President, the Vice-Presidents and the Secretary and General Counsel, and the York University Foundation
  • Early Bird Draw for pledge card donations received by Nov. 18
  • Atkinson’s Holiday Bazaar on Nov. 23.
  • And York’s squeaky clean Facilities Services Annual United Way Carwash on Nov. 9. This year’s event takes place from 2pm-6pm in the old 1B lot located just east of the Schulich School of Business.

“All full-time staff and faculty will receive their United Way pledge card packages in the mail this week and we invite you to renew your gift to the United Way or, if it is your first time, why not consider making a donation?” said Levesque. “Your dollars change lives by affording our friends, our neighbours and many of our own families increased dignity, increased opportunities and the skills to grasp a better range of choices.”

Visit the United Way Web site to learn more about the campaign and the people who have received assistance. The “who we help” section and the online virtual tour of a sponsored agency are very informative, says Levesque.

To find out more about the York 2005 United Way Campaign contact Sue Levesque at levesque@yorku.ca or ext. 55597.