As of Dec. 6, York University faculty and staff have contributed close to $128,000 to the 2017 York Cares United Way Campaign. The amount raised represents 69 per cent of the 2017 goal of $185,000.
To help the University reach its goal, the York Cares United Way Campaign organizers have extended the campaign deadline to Dec. 31. They were able to offer the extension thanks to an initiative put forward by a group of the United Way’s most dedicated supporters and volunteers. The group has offered up to $600,000 to match all donations of $1,200 or more, and will match increased contributions from existing leadership donors. This initiative will help “double the love and double impact of contributions” made to the 2017 York Cares Campaign.
At the start of the campaign, all York University faculty and staff received a personalized email that contained a customized link to a personal contribution page. On Dec. 7, a reminder email complete with the link will be sent out to all faculty and staff.
The United Way is a powerful and effective charity and funds raised have a significant and measurable impact in the community. Did you know that a contribution of just $100 provides a daily snack (for three weeks) for 30 children and helps promote healthy eating? A donation of $480 provides a senior citizen with a weekly visit (for one year) from a friendly, trained volunteer who encourages independent living. A contribution of $500 provides funding and support for a week-long hot breakfast program for more than 50 deserving children. A leadership donation on $1,320 provides 10 weeks of swim lessons for 12 children and with matching, 24 children would receive swim lessons.
The Office of the Vice-President Academic & Provost hosted a very successful auction, wine pull and waffle sale. The wine pull raised $340, the waffle sale generated $320 and the auction brought in $900.
Also in November, staff in Parking Administration in Campus Services & Business Operations hosted their annual 50/50 draw and raised $909 for the United Way.
The York Cares United Way Campaign Skills & Talents Silent Auction, which took place Nov. 16 and 17, was a success, raising $1,605.55. In addition to the Skills & Talents Silent Auction, a Pancake Breakfast, which was attended by 108 people and raised $315. A CN Tower climb, which had 11 student participants, raised $665. A Halloween Costume Event and Jeans Week Event hosted by the Office of the Vice-President Academic and Provost, raised approximately $220. And, a soup sale hosted by the Office of the Vice-President Academic and Provost raised approximately $130.
For more information on the campaign, and how to get involved, visit the York Cares United Way Campaign website.