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Each year, the YorkU community participates in the York Cares United Way Campaign. In the past, we have raised more than $180,000 in support of important local agencies and programming, some of which impact YorkU's programs and students directly.
The campaign launches on Wednesday Nov. 2 this year. Our 2016 goal is to raise $200,000. Here we go!
United Way Toronto has amalgamated with United Way York Region, which expands the possibilities of YorkU's donation. Another exciting initiative this year is a grant challenge that will match all new Leadership donations and leadership donation increases. Learn more below about United Way Toronto and York Region, and what YorkU has planned for our 2016 campaign and how you can contribute and get involved!
United Way is a worldwide not-for-profit movement. In Canada, it operates in more than 100 communities. Each United Way raises support locally, directly responding to the needs of the community. Each is governed by an autonomous Board of Directors that, along with staff and volunteers, helps to build a caring community.
As the largest private-sector supporter of social services in Toronto, the United Way Toronto and York Region is dedicated to creating the opportunities people need to improve their lives and build a better future. Their work is fueled by groundbreaking research and powerful partnerships, which allow them to identify gaps and responsibly mobilize volunteer and financial resources for the most direct impact: effecting positive and lasting change, right here where we all live, work and raise our families.
Get a sweet start to your morning. Join us on Wednesday Nov. 2 from 8am - 10am for the annual President's Pancake Breakfast and launch of the York Cares United Way Campaign!
For only a twoonie you can purchase two delicious pancakes flipped by our President, Dr. Mamdouh Shoukri and other senior Administrators at YorkU. All proceeds will go towards the York Cares United Way Campaign.
The CN Tower Climb for United Way offers you a rare chance to walk past the elevators and straight up Toronto's most famous landmark. While celebrating a tall personal feat in conquering all 1,776 steps, you'll also be making meaningful change possible for thousands of individuals and families, elevating our community as a whole.
Join us this year on Saturday October 22 for the Student Climb between 6am-10am.
Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to join.
The Student Rally, where we will show off our York spirit, will take place after the climb at 8:30am. If you register under York University before October 14, you will receive a York t-shirt and noisy noisemakers to ensure that the Red & White spirit is heard loud and proud!
So, are you ready to step up this year? Way up?
Register for the Student Climb under the “York University” team or register your own team, just be sure to indicate that York University is the “workplace to credit” and include YorkU in the team name so we can celebrate you at the top!
If you have any questions please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
And don’t forget to share your pics using the hashtag #yucares
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Each member of the York U staff and faculty community will be emailed their own personalized electronic pledge form on Nov. 2. Please check your email inbox to find your unique giving link. Contact email@example.com you encounter any issues, or to request a paper pledge form.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I GIVE?
By giving to United Way, you can be assured your dollars are having an impact on the lives of many. Here are just some examples of the impact donors make:
$70 ($2.69 per pay*) provides one homeless man with three employment-counselling sessions.
$100 ($3.85 per pay) provides a daily snack (for three weeks) for 30 children, promoting healthy eating habits.
$365 ($14.04 per pay) provides one skilled newcomer with eight hours of one-on-one employment counselling, and 15 hours of job-search training, interview-preparation and resume-building workshops, helping them find employment matching their expertise and education.
$480 ($18.46 per pay) provides a senior with a weekly visit (for one year) from a friendly, trained volunteer who encourages independent living.
$800 ($30.77 per pay) provides an opportunity for 100 neighbourhood residents to gather, identify common challenges and develop local solutions.
$900 ($34.62 per pay) provides a home-visiting service—related to parenting skills, and enhancing children’s growth and development—for a family at risk.
$1,000 ($38.46 per pay) provides an education program (on disabilities and medical conditions) for children in grades 1 to 6, helping them learn about accepting differences in themselves and others.
$1,320 ($50.77 per pay) provides 10 weeks of swim lessons to 12 children.
$2,000 ($76.92 per pay) allows three children from an underserved neighbourhood to attend a homework club two days a week (for one school year), improving their grades and enhancing self-confidence.
$3,000 ($115.38 per pay) allows at-risk youth to participate in an “Introduction to Media” course—with topics that include photojournalism, short filmmaking, music recording and opinion writing—putting them on the path to self-empowerment, informed decision-making and future employment possibilities.
*based on bi-weekly pay schedule
Through the United Way of Toronto & York Region, The Mike & Martha Pedersen Challenge Grant will match up to $1 million in all new Leadership donations ($1,200 or more) and donation increases*. Which means that your donation will do twice the good!
As a first-time Leadership donor, your gift of $1,200 or more to United Way Toronto & York Region will be matched, dollar for dollar.
As a Leadership donor increasing your gift to United Way Toronto & York Region from last year, your increase will be matched. For example, if you gave donation from $2,000 last year and $2,500 this year, the Mike & Martha Pedersen Challenge Grant will match the $500 increase.
For more information, please visit: http://www.unitedwaytyr.com/challenge-grant
*This Challenge Grant match only applies to gifts to United Way Toronto & York Region; not to gifts made to other registered charities.
Our 2016 York Cares United Way campaign is getting underway and we need your help. We're looking for positive, energetic individuals to help engage and educate their fellow YorkU staff teams by volunteering to help plan, design and execute key campaign strategies and events.
Click the button below to volunteer with this year's campaign (or email firstname.lastname@example.org)!
Want to plan an event within your faculty, department or unit to raise awareness for the campaign? Please email us at email@example.com to let us know.
Here are suggestions for fun things you can do:
- Silent auction
- Group challenge games event
- Book sale
- Rummage sale
- Costume contest
- Spelling bee