Carleton’s annual United Way targets $150,000 goal

Anne Bauer (left) and Johanne Bray are among the many volunteers who assisted at the launch of the Carleton United Way campaign on Oct. 29.(Kristy Strauss Photo)

Jeremy Brzozowski and Adrian Chan have always wanted to give back to the Ottawa community.

Now, as Carleton’s 2013 United Way campaign co-chairs, the pair hope to raise $150,000 for programs that enrich the lives of many across the city.

“There are a lot of wonderful programs that the United Way supports and facilitates,” says Brzozowski, manager of the Student Experience Office. “This campaign has real results in communities, through community programs.”

The campaign kicked off on Oct. 29 with the soup lunch fundraiser.

“I always enjoy the launch event,” says Chan, an associate professor in the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering . “It gathers everyone across campus together and it’s nice when you see everyone gathering for a common cause. That’s the entire point of this campaign.”

The kick-off event also featured Carleton student Christian Robillard, who spoke about the importance of the United Way and how it has impacted him on a personal level.

Peter Ricketts, provost and vice-president (Academic), says that Carleton University particularly values the campaign’s emphasis on education.

“We’re a community of people who have come together for a great goal – a goal of education,” he says. “This is a very important campaign, both internally and for organizations outside the campus.”

The campaign will feature fundraising events like the Great Pumpkin Silent Auction, bake sale, Wii bowling tournament, and the MacOdrum Library silent auction.

Brzozowski says he always enjoys the campaign’s various events and bringing the Carleton community together.

“This campaign is about community, and through the events and activities, it further fosters community at the university,” he says. “Everyone is rallying together and it’s a mix of individuals passionate about a cause.”

There is a new element to the campaign this year – online donations. The new system is available to full-time employees.

“Folks will have the opportunity to contribute to the organization they feel passionate about,” he says. “And it makes that process of giving much easier.”

The campaign will wrap up in mid-November and the final calculations will be announced at the end of the month.

The co-chairs add that there are many members of the Carleton community who work behind the scenes every year who are critical to the campaign’s success.

“They’re basically the force behind this cause,” Brzozowski says. “I admire the commitment they’ve made.”

Chan says that the university’s annual United Way campaign reflects its ongoing dedication to the outer community.

“This goes beyond the university,” he says. “(Carleton) is an important partner in the community.”

To donate and for more information on the 2013 campaign, go to: carleton.ca/unitedway/.

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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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