With just two weeks left in our U of G United Way campaign, you can still make a difference in your community!

Giving Tuesday is coming up Nov. 28. Watch for red United Way piggy banks around campus and donate your spare change.

You could win!

All faculty and staff pledge cards submitted by Nov. 30 will be eligible for our United Way incentive prizes. You could win:United Way piggy bank

  • $500 TD Canada Trust RRSP
  • one-year U of G parking pass (May 1, 2018 – April 30, 2019)
  • tuition fee for one continuing education course
  • one-year Gryphon NRG membership

Students: Want a break on your tuition? Our student raffle has fantastic prizes, too!

  • $1,000 tuition rebate
  • one-semester parking pass
  • $500 off a distance education course

Tickets are $5 each or three for $10. Get yours from your college dean’s office or from reception in the executive suite, 4th Floor, University Centre, through Nov. 30.

Have fun while supporting a good cause

Events to benefit United Way are running all month, all across campus!

On Nov. 24, a group of faculty, staff and students organized by Rich Moccia, past campaign co-chair, and his son Scott, will play four hours of classic Canadian pick-up hockey at the U of G arena. The marathon hockey session includes four back-to-back games of 50 minutes each. The tournament brings in $4,000 to support United Way.

Your donations make a difference

United Way goal banner hanging from firetruck basket

Every donation, no matter how big or small, makes an impact in our community. Last year, with U of G’s support, United Way-sponsored programs:

  • provided 1,811 students with anti-bullying presentations
  • served 35,738 pounds of food to at-risk adults and youth
  • helped 207 individuals to find housing or remain housed
  • made 11,000 visits to seniors in long-term care with the dog therapy program
  • provided 2,483 hours of individual counselling sessions to 200 women who had experienced sexual violence

Community TorchLight’s distress line is just one of the 88 programs supported by United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin.

“TorchLight delivers service to a population of people who are living with a wide scope of real-life circumstances that include mental health issues, abuse, homelessness, poverty, self-harm, physical challenges, isolation, aging, marginalization, family allies and caregivers … and many more.

“People using our services have access to skilled, caring and compassionate responders – throughout the day and evening, 365 days a year, at no charge, without judgment or prejudice.

“Our responders and staff manage situations where people have nowhere else to turn, where trust has been established, and where emergency intervention can and does happen during situations of high risk including people experiencing suicidal thoughts and/or behaviours.”

– United Way Community Impact Report

Together, we’re building a stronger community to improve life.