United Way Campaign co-chairs David Sharp and Susan Jameson say that Carleton University’s enthusiasm is the reason that the campus raised more than $138,000 in this year’s United Way campaign.
“We had a lot of good volunteers stepping up to the plate and willing to run these events,” says Jameson. “We couldn’t have done it without them.”
Both Sharp and Jameson led this year’s campaign for the second year in a row, and the official wrap-up took place on campus Nov. 16. As part of the campaign, a variety of fundraisers were hosted across campus including silent auctions, yoga and a talent show.
The focus this year was on services that improve children and youth’s lives – including after-school programs, homework clubs, sports and nutritional programs.
“These are the future Carleton students, so we see it as a natural fit for our institution,” says Sharp.
Trevor Clost of the United Way says Carleton’s student and staff support has made a huge difference in the community, especially in the lives of young people.
“If we don’t get to them now and something doesn’t change in their life, they might not have the opportunity to go to university,” he says. “The money goes back into programs to make sure potential students at Carleton can start life off in the right direction.”
Peter Ricketts, the university’s provost and vice-president academic, says the campaign was well organized and publicized across campus.
He also says the campaign has the added benefit of bringing university departments together every year.
“The campaign provided an opportunity for units across the university to get together to do social events for a good cause,” Ricketts says. “It just created a good spirit of camaraderie at the university, but also with the purpose of trying to help others that are less fortunate. It was a very good campaign and produced very good results for the university.”
Even though the results fell a bit short of the original $150,000 goal, Sharp and Jameson say that the community is still able to donate to the campaign. Last year, Jameson says the university met its goal with donations continuing to pour in after the wrap-up event.
“We did our best and we had a lot of support from volunteers and the university community,” Jameson says. “The enthusiasm is contagious, and that makes a big difference.”