Campus Community Appeal now underway
The Queen’s Campus Community Appeal 2011 officially launched this week.
“This is our opportunity as Queen’s community members to come together and support the remarkable work being done at the university,” says staff co-chair Monica Stewart (Office of the V-P Academic).
To celebrate the kick-off of the appeal, Queen’s faculty and staff can enjoy a hot beverage on Friday, February 4. Present your voucher, which can be downloaded online, and staff card before noon at any one of the participating locations.
“Just think of the impact we could make together if we all donated our coffee money on Friday,” says staff co-chair Jennifer Smith (Advancement). “We hope you will consider donating your coffee or lunch money for the month to support an area of campus that is important to you.”
An appeal campaign video featuring faculty and staff explaining why they give to Queen’s was released this week as part of the slate of launch events.
“We encourage faculty and staff to take a coffee break and enjoy the video,” says faculty co-chair Tim Fort (Drama). “The ‘stars’ of this video are none other than faculty and staff you may recognize. We hope their stories inspire you.”
The appeal is the university’s annual fundraising effort directed to all faculty and staff.
“Last year our campus community donated over $900,000 to the university and every gift made a difference,” says faculty co-chair Peter Taylor (Mathematics and Statistics).
This year’s goals are to attract 750 donors and raise $1-million. Doors Open Queen’s, the signature event of the appeal, will be held through the lunch hours March 28-April 1.
Units and departments across campus are also planning spirit events throughout the campaign. The Faculty of Law recently held its kick-off event where Nick Bala shared his reasons for giving to Queen’s.
“Staff and faculty members already give a lot to the university by going above and beyond in their time and commitment. It’s also important to make a financial contribution if you can, especially if you were a student at Queen’s or a parent of a Queen’s student, because you understand the benefits of the contributions people have made before us,” says Professor Bala.