Carleton’s annual United Way campaign kicks off Oct. 17

Organizers hope that the 2012 Carleton United Way campaign surpasses the $150,000 as it did last year. The campaign runs from Oct. 17 to Nov. 7.

Carleton University staff, faculty and students have their sights set on raising $150,000 in three weeks beginning on Oct. 17 for the annual United Way campaign.

“As an educational institution, we’re helping the people who are going to be the future members of Carleton,” says the campaign’s co-chair David Sharp.

“Historically, that’s why we’ve aligned ourselves to the United Way component that’s called ‘Growing Up Great.’”

The United Way’s website describes its Growing Up Great program as “helping build a better life today, and tomorrow” by providing after-school programs for children living in poverty.

The program also finds neighbourhoods that need more funding for kindergarten curriculums to help children do well once they start grade school.

“I know if we passed our goal last year, we’re going to do it again,” adds Sue Jameson, the campaign’s other co-chair.

The 2011 campaign surpassed its $150,000 goal.

Jameson, who’s been at Carleton for 36 years, says she thinks the campaign has been successful because of the commitment staff and faculty have to the city and the university.

“Personally, Carleton’s been good to me and if I can help out the greater community, I’m happy to do so. It’s a little bit of time at a busy time, but the overall reward is worth it.”

Carleton will host new events to help reach the six-figure mark this year, such as a campus-wide bingo game. The Department of Psychology has also organized a book sale for the first time.

The campaign will hold events from previous years such as an online silent auction and a lunch in Fenn Lounge kick off the campaign, which Jameson says raised more money than any other event last year.

“It’s nice because people get to mingle with each other. If you’re a faculty member, you don’t really get to see people in other faculties … this gives them a chance to interact.”

The campaign is looking for more ways to raise money for Growing Up Great, Sharp says. Those interested can submit event ideas online or help by volunteering.

“We’re happy to take volunteers on board,” Jameson says.

Sharp encourages volunteering, too.

“The fact of the matter is, it’s a little bit of your time and so much good comes from it,” he says.

For information about Carleton’s United Way campaign, please go to: http://www5.carleton.ca/unitedway/

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