United Way campaign brings Carleton community together

Carleton held its official wrap-up of the United Way campaign on November 18, presenting the United Way’s Dennis Jackson with a cheque for $126,109.48.

Although the celebration marked the formal conclusion of this year’s campaign, the amount of funds raised is still a working total, as there are a few events that will take place in December.

The amount raised to date represents 87 percent of this year’s goal of $145,000.00, although, campaign chair Marge Brooks says she’s still confident Carleton will have reached its goal when the final count is made.

“It was an ambitious goal,” she says. “We knew right from the beginning that we would have our work cut out for us, but we were excited about it, and we still are.”

The excitement stems from the fact that there’s more to the United Way campaign than simply raising money.

“The goal is two-fold,” says Brooks. “Certainly our main goal is to raise funds for the United Way, but also to raise University community spirit.”

Brooks says the success of the campaign is due in no small part to the efforts of the Carleton community, including the support of senior management and the work of countless volunteers.

“We have an extremely generous community,” she says. “Carleton is an extremely great supporter of the United Way.”

In addition to the presentation made to the United Way, Carleton presented the Barbara Wells Award to Ann Newton, Assistant to the University Librarian and Secretary. The award pays tribute each year to an outstanding volunteer who has made a significant contribution to the campaign through his or her dedication of time and talent.

In her nomination, Newton was described as having “cheerfully given her time behind the scenes to the United Way campaign for many years – running sales, library events, making crafts, selling tickets, and donating prizes.”

Recognizing the efforts of volunteers has become increasingly important says Brooks. “We could not do it without the support of all these people.”

From – http://www.now.carleton.ca/2003-12/12.htm

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