The Way for SFU is a United Way

The Way for SFU is a United Way

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The Way for SFU is a United Way

By: Sharon Roberts | WIL Project Assistant

The United Way is a not-for-profit organization that identifies critical social issues both through research and community input and helps come up with ways to solve the issues. The United Way works toward solving these issues by building partnerships with businesses and other organizations that have a vested interest in giving back to their communities. It is then up to the organization to rally their employees via a United Way campaign of their own.

It is a way for employees to get together and give back to their communities without having to spend the time deciding where to direct their donations and their time. Money raised from annual United Way campaigns is distributed by the United Way to local non-profit groups and programs that provide important programs for our community.

This year, SFU’s goal is to raise $180,000 for the United Way, via hosting various events at all three SFU campuses, plus private donations, and pledges. From the campaign’s launch on November 3 to date, SFU has already raised $129,000 towards that goal.

SFU’s campaign doesn’t stop at only collecting money! The United Way’s partners can also give back to the community via completing projects for not-for-profit organizations around the Lower Mainland. And on Friday September 26, SFU staff, faculty and student’s did just that.

The project this year was at the Fraserside Community Services Society group home for women with developmental disabilities. The group of SFU volunteers spent the day revitalizing the green space at the home. From building planter boxes and pathways to aerating the law and spreading seeds, the space is now functional and enjoyable for the women living at the home.

The special thing about employees volunteering the time for this project: they were able to make this part or all of their regular work day without having to take vacation or make up time.

Some of the events this year included a bake sale, and art auction at the Burnaby campus; a ‘Market on the Mezzanine’ and ‘Krispy Kream Kick-off’ at the Surrey campus; and a book sale at both the Vancouver and Burnaby campuses.

Students, staff and faculty have been involved by volunteering their time at one of the many events, donating books or baked goods, buying baked goods for or from the bake sale or making a monetary donations. And these are only some of the ways to get involved.

Beyond the Article

Visit the SFU United Way Campaign web site for more information on the campaign, upcoming events, to monitor the fundraising progress and much more!

Thinking of volunteering over Christmas? Check out volunteer opportunities on Symplicity.

Contributions to the United Way can be made online through SFU or directly at the United Way website or by mail.

Posted on November 19, 2010