The money is still coming in for Carleton’s annual United Way campaign that wrapped up Nov. 5, but organizers say continued support from the campus community will help them reach their $150,000 goal.
“Carleton is a big part of the community and does a great job of coming together to support the United Way,” says the campaign’s co-chair Christine Marland. “We have the resources and the willingness to make a big impact.”
Events took place across campus since mid-October, from the bake sale in the University Centre Galleria to a Walk-A-Thon in the Fieldhouse. Over 300 tickets were sold for the kick-off event, a soup lunch held on Oct. 12.
“The lunch was a tremendous success,” says Marland. “We had so much fun. It was a great event.”
Money from the campaign helps fund various United Way projects across Ottawa, and the Carleton campaign encouraged donors to support services youth and children under the “Growing Up Great” category.
“They’re our future students,” says Marland. “It’s important we help support programs for them.”
The university exceeded its $150,000 goal last year. Marland hopes to see the same result this time around.
Christina Noja, who has worked with the campaign for the past three years, finds the volunteer work very rewarding.
“It’s good for people to work together to help those in need,” she says. “And you can have fun doing it.”
The campaign officially ends Nov. 5 but people can still donate. Calendars featuring photos from the International Student Services Office (ISSO) Through a Global Lens photography contest are still on sale at the Bookstore and in the ISSO for $10, with 100 per cent of the money going towards the campaign.
Pledge forms are also still available and can be downloaded from Carleton’s United Way website.
All donations are welcome and even a small amount can make a difference, says Marland.
“What’s really important is getting involved and helping your community.”
Pledge forms are available online at: http://www2.carleton.ca/unitedway/