United Way campaign rallies campus but falls short of overall goal

United Way volunteers on campus are the backbone of the annual campaign at Carleton. As of early December, the campaign had not met it’s $150,000 target but there’s still time to donate online at www.carleton.ca/unitedway. (Kristy Strauss Photo)

Carleton University has made change happen for those who use the United Way’s services.

As part of the university’s annual United Way campaign, the Carleton community has raised almost $121,000 as of early December – and the donations keep coming in.

“I think it went fairly well this year,” says Jeremy Brzozowski, who co-chaired this year’s United Way campaign with Prof. Adrian Chan. “The events were busy and people seemed very positive about the campaign.”

Starting at the beginning of November, Carleton’s United Way campaign included a series of events and fundraisers that took place on campus – including the annual soup luncheon kick-off event, library silent auction, the Provost Pancake Breakfast and the newly added Psycho Chef Cook-Off, hosted by the Department of Psychology.

Brzozowski and Chan both say all the events and fundraisers were success, including the silent auction at the campaign kick-off and the new online donation system for employees.

“(The online donation system) is the biggest opportunity as we move forward,” says Brzozowski. “The system is set up, and what we started could pave the way for future years.”

Chan adds that Carleton’s strong sense of community also helped make for a great campaign.

“Carleton has a community feel to it, both internally and externally,” he says. “It just makes any event like this successful.”

While the campaign hadn’t yet reached its goal of $150,000, Brzozowski says the future looks bright for more donations to come in.

“Every bit helps, and we’re optimistic,” he says. “There were so many people lending their talents and their time. The financial officer stayed late, came in early, and worked over lunch counting the contributions. It’s really neat to see how passionate people are about the cause.”

Chan says his advice for next year’s co-chairs is simple – don’t be surprised by all the volunteers’ dedication to the campaign.

“Behind the scenes, there is so much activity that goes on,” he says. “There are events that happen around campus, and I don’t know how these things are being pulled off. The volunteers really step up. It’s amazing, and one of the things I learned was how reliable and hard-working they are. It’s very heart warming.”

These volunteer efforts throughout the campaign show Carleton’s values of giving back to the community, he adds, and those who attended events and made donations also contributed greatly to a worthy cause.

“There was a level of excitement at a number of events,” Chan says. “It was nice to see the number of people coming out.”

While campaign has wrapped up, donations are still open to the United Way.

Donor forms are available on the Carleton United Way Campaign 2013 website at: carleton.ca/unitedway. Employees can also make contributions online by loggin into Carleton Central. Go to carleton.ca/unitedway for more information.

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By Kristy Strauss

Kristy Strauss graduated from Carleton's journalism program in 2009. She is a regular contributor to Carleton Now. She has worked as a reporter for the Kemptville Advance. She currently reports for EMC Ottawa South.

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