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Queen’s United Way campaign reaches its goal

​More than $343,000 has already been donated in support of the United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington.

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James Ligthart, co-chair of the Queen’s United Way Committee, and Alma Mater Society representative Carina Sabourin present Fred Godbile, the 2018 campaign chair for the United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington, with a cheque for $340,000 at the United Way KFLA Touchdown Breakfast. Donations are still welcome. (Supplied Photo)

The Queen’s community has supported the United Way Campaign by donating $343,569, surpassing its goal of $330,177. And more can still be done.

 “As this successful campaign shows, the Queen’s community is a caring and giving community,” say Queen’s campaign co-chairs Kellie Hart and James Ligthart. “The Queen’s campaign is the largest workplace campaign for the United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington. Moving ahead we are looking to increase the participation rate here at Queen’s and increasing our support to change lives in our community.”

Donations to this year’s campaign in support of United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington are still more than welcome.

Queen’s community members can back the United Way through payroll deduction, a one-time gift, credit card, cheque or cash. 

To make a donation online through the United Way’s ePledge system, simply go to queensu.ca/unitedway and fill out the forms. Please note that if you donated last year and selected the auto-renewal action, no further action is required unless you would like to change your donation. 

Another way the Queen’s community can show its support during the holidays is the annual Gift of Hope campaign.

The Gift of Hope is available through the United Way KFLA website and provides opportunities to donate and provide support in six categories: Buy Winter Boots to Keep a Child Warm; Help Give a Youth Shelter; Hot Meals for the Hungry; Welcome Home Basket; and Buy a Backpack for a Child.

Last year, more than 58,000 people in the community benefited from United Way-funded programs.

“It’s very encouraging to see how many lives are touched by the United Way with the continuing support of the Queen’s community and so many others,” says Tom Harris, Interim Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) and Executive Sponsor for the Queen’s United Way campaign. “The United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington is addressing the root causes of social inequity and poverty by bringing ideas as well as volunteers to problems, and working with the community to solve them.”

More information on the campaign and the role of the Queen’s United Way Campaign Committee is available in this Gazette article.