President's Pancake Breakfast
Get a sweet start to your morning. Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 8-10am 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 Rhonda Lenton and other senior Administrators at YorkU. All proceeds will go towards the 2017 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, Nov. 4 for the Student Climb between 6-10am.
Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to join.
If you register under York University before Nov. 2, you will receive a York t-shirt 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 or to make arrangements to pick up your t-shirt, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
And don’t forget to share your pics using the hashtag #yucares
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.
Ever wonder what your donation to United Way looks like? These are the stories of people who faced barriers—and overcame them—all thanks to donors like you.
Each member of the York U staff and faculty community will be emailed their own personalized electronic pledge form on Oct. 31. Please check your email inbox to find your unique giving link. Contact email@example.com if 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
Leadership Gifts of $1,200 or more are the bedrock of United Way’s work, fuelling change across our community. With over $47 million contributed by over 15,000 individuals, Leadership and Major Gifts accounted for almost half of United Way’s 2016 achievement.
Leadership giving is an important part of employee campaigns in many business and public sector organizations. It provides a forum to have conversations that inspire individuals to make a significant investment in the community. Leadership donors can choose to be publicly recognized for their contribution, enabling United Way to celebrate their generosity in the annual Honour Roll on our website at unitedwaytyr.com.
Our 2017 York Cares United Way campaign is 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.
Email Nadia Dar at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer with this year's campaign.
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
- Bake sale
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