U of G Launches United Way Campaign – Let’s Raise $620,000 and Beyond!

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Today, the University of Guelph launched its annual United Way campaign with the goal of raising $620,000 and beyond to support local charitable organizations. Together with the United Way, let’s be part of a Radical Recovery to improve life in our community! Support U of G's United Way Campaign - Radical Recovery

“This year,” says Dr. Dan Gillis, faculty campaign co-chair, “we are asking you to look beyond simply fixing the holes in our safety nets. We are looking to a radical recovery that reconsiders what our community could and should look like, that invites everyone to the table and that improves life.”

Last year, despite the challenges presented by the pandemic, the University raised more than $537,000 to support United Way-funded charities. Today alone, within the first few hours of the campaign, the University raised more than $115,000!

Online pledge cards available

United Way pledge cards are now available online. Complete your 2021 United Way Pledge Card.

Faculty and staff may choose between a one-time or biweekly donation through payroll deduction. Those who complete their pledge cards in the opening weeks of the campaign will be entered into the campaign’s incentive draw, which includes fantastic prizes each year. The earlier you complete your pledge card, the more chances you have to win. More information about the incentive prizes will be available on the U of G United Way website shortly.

How to get involved

We’re still navigating the challenges of COVID-19, but that just means taking a more creative approach to our usual fundraising efforts. This year, the United Way is committed to a Radical Recovery that will help build an even stronger community. To volunteer with the campaign, talk to your Area Coordinator about ways you can help.

How your donations make a difference

Every dollar makes a difference in our community. In 2020, thanks to Guelph Wellington Dufferin United Way funded programs:

  • 6,623 youth have improved relationships with others and have better social skills
  • 13,834 people have increased access to sufficient nutritious, culturally appropriate, affordable food for themselves and their family
  • 3,816 people reported an increased sense of belonging/connectedness to community
  • 5,000+ mental health situations were managed to reduce the risk of harm to an individual
  • 7,315 seniors feel like they belong in their community and are more connected

Thank you for all you do to support our community and our local United Way. Without you, there would be no way!