Carleton University Launches Annual United Way Campaign

Carleton University kicked-off its annual United Way Campaign on Oct. 25, 2016. The Bring-Your-Own-Bowl soup lunch event paired perfectly with the crisp fall day as Carleton staff, faculty and students gathered in the University Centre Galleria to support a great cause with a warming meal.

“The United Way campaign at Carleton has always been supported by our university’s strong commitment to our community,” said Suzanne Blanchard, vice-president (Students and Enrolment) and campaign champion this year.

“It was nearly 75 years ago that Carleton was founded as a community-serving campus, so the enthusiasm for the campaign is really part of our roots.”

Over the past five years, Carleton has raised more than $500,000 for the United Way, which translates into a positive impact for 1,700 individuals. As Carleton has a strong track record of success in meeting its fundraising target, this year’s goal is to raise as much money for the campaign as possible through a variety of events, silent auctions and online donations. These fundraising activities would not be possible without the dedication of more than 60 volunteers.

The launch was well attended as participants brought their bowls and made a contribution to the campaign. With the purchase of a ticket, attendees were eligible to win a flower arrangement.

All of the proceeds from the launch will be donated to the United Way. Guests also had the opportunity to purchase tickets for the United Way 50/50 raffle and the upcoming Provost Pancake breakfast.

The formal part of the event featured guest speakers who talked about the important work that the organization does and how every contribution makes a difference in the community.

“The Carleton community is always very engaged in the campaign,” said Blanchard. “It’s really reflective of each individual wanting to support our community and make a positive impact in peoples’ lives.”

Carleton’s United Way events continue this week with the Provost Pancake Breakfast on Nov. 2, Used DVD Sale fundraiser on Nov. 3, a Polar bear dip on Nov. 6.

The campaign wraps up with the Psych-O-Chef Cook-Off  on Nov. 10.