Atkinson hosts a silent auction for the United Way

Starting today, Atkinson College is hosting an online auction for the United Way. The auction items include an array of handcrafted jewellery, artwork, a pair of tickets to see the Toronto Maple Leafs, gift certificates for spa treatments and much more. All items have been donated by the staff and faculty of Atkinson College and the Atkinson Faculty of Liberal & Professional Studies.

Bidding begins this morning at 9am and ends on Thursday, Dec. 18 at 12pm. The auction items are displayed online. Click here to view them and to make a bid. If you wish to have a closer look, the items will be on display from 12 to 2pm on Dec. 16 and 17, in Room 140B, Atkinson.

Don’t be disappointed, bid early and bid often. All proceeds from the auction will go directly to the United Way Toronto.

The United Way Toronto is working to improve the lives of many by building on strong partnerships with community leaders, business, labour and government, to target the critical social issues affecting the quality of life in Toronto.

The services supplied by United Way member agencies are essential to those affected by rising prices and job losses. Member agencies focus on alleviating unemployment, hunger and homelessness; assisting troubled neighbourhoods, newcomers and people struggling with addictions; and helping those with AIDS/HIV. As well, the United Way member agencies offer important support to people with disabilities, women who have been abused, seniors and young children. For 2008, the United Way has identified three priority areas: strengthening neighbourhoods, creating opportunities for youth and helping to fulfill the potential of newcomers.

Visit the United Way Toronto Web site to find out more about how donations are used to support social services and health agencies in delivering services.