Campus community aims to raise half million for United Way
Photo: President Paul Davenport, Susan Grindrod (AVP, Housing & Ancillary Services) and Lucy’s employee Nicolina Ficca share a laugh during the Oct. 22 "Drink Coffee Today for United Way" fundraiser. During the day, 25 cents from each large and extra-large hot beverage was donated by Hospitality Services to Western’s United Way fundraising drive. Davenport and Grindrod were lending a hand as ‘celebrity pourers’ for the morning.
After bringing in a record-setting $475,229 for the United Way of London & Middlesex last year, our campus community raised the bar for this year’s campaign with a target of $500,000.
Our goal was announced during Homecoming, and so far we are receiving an excellent response from faculty, staff and students. I wish to thank this year’s campaign co-chairs, Rosemary Lawrence-Pitt (Director, Advancement Services) and Dr. Jim Weese (Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences) for their commitment to leading our campus community through another successful campaign.
The city-wide campaign aims to raise a total of $7.2 million this year, and United Way Executive Director Helen Connell says she hopes this will mark the seventh consecutive year that the campaign surpasses its goal.
In recent years, Western has been the largest single donor to the annual campaign and has had the highest number of leadership donors who give $1,000 or more. If you have not already made your pledge, please consider making whatever contribution you can to help us build a stronger community.
For more on Western’s campus campaign, see http://unitedway.uwo.ca/.