United Way Campaign 2020

Show Your Local Love

From left to right: Dave Ramsay, UWGV Director of Donor Relations; Catherine McGregor, UVic UW Co-Chair; Kirk Mercer, President of CUPE 951 at UVic and Chair of the Labour Committee at UWGV; Michele Parkin, UVic UW Co-Chair; and Mark Breslauer, CEO, UWGV.  

 

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UVic United Way Campaign 2020

Although you may not realize it, you, your family, friends and colleagues all benefit from the work of United Way. When United Way helps us to build a strong, safe, supportive and sustainable community, we all win. 

This year, we’ve made the ambitious decision to raise our fundraising goal. COVID-19 has significantly impacted our friends and neighbours who were already vulnerable. The pandemic has pushed them, and our community, to the breaking point. At UVic, we have a unique opportunity to rise to the occasion and show our commitment to each other and our community. Every dollar of your donation is invested right here in Victoria to transform local lives and create lasting social change. It’s also rigorously measured for its effectiveness and efficiency, ensuring that together we are driving the most meaningful results and the biggest possible impact.

Like every aspect of UVic life, we are working to adapt the 2020 campaign for the changing year ahead. This is an opportunity for creativity, community and joy as we head into the academic year. We are working to bring you fun events both online and on campus in a way that is safe and socially distanced.

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“Thank you to all those who generously contributed to the 2019 campaign. Our UVic campaign succeeds because of the commitment of our leadership donors, staff, faculty and retirees who give through payroll and one-time donations, and the many people who organize and come out to support campaign events."

—Campaign Co-chair Michele Parkin and Campaign Co-chair Catherine McGregor

Why donate? 

We have seen many changes in our community since COVID-19 hit. More people are living with uncertainty. There has been a toll on our mental health, our relationships, and our financial security. More individuals are on the edge of poverty. Stress is high. The need for support is greater than ever before.

There are, however, many things in Greater Victoria that have not changed. Our care and compassion for one another. Our love for everything local including our diversity. Our sense of community – neighbours helping neighbours no matter who they are or where they are from.

Funding raised by United Way has a bigger impact on our university community than you likely realize. For example, supporting the Faculty of Education’s Centre for Outreach Education (CORE). Read more.

This video about the More than Meals program shows how urgent the issue of Isolated Seniors is in Victoria, and how your donations contribute to solving this issue.

Volunteer Opportunities 

If you are interested in getting involved in the campaign, email unitedway@uvic.ca and we will keep you updated as the campaign develops! 

 

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