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Queen’s United Way sets campaign goal at $320,000

Queen's United Way Committee co-chair Kellie Hart makes a presentation about the fundraising campaign"
Queen's United Way Campaign Committee co-chair Kellie Hart speaks about the impact of the United Way in the community during her presentation at the Queen’s Managerial and Professional Group (QMPG) meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 20. (University Communications)

Every year the fundraising campaign for United Way of Kingston, Frontenac Lennox and Addington backs a wide range of services and organizations providing support throughout the community.

Playing a key role each year is Queen’s University, which represents the largest workplace campaign, which officially started on Monday, Oct. 2.

This year the Queen’s United Way Campaign Committee has set a fundraising goal of $320,000, accounting for close to 10 per cent of the United Way KFL&A’s budget.

Michael Fraser
(University Relations) – Executive Sponsor
Kellie Hart (Faculty of Arts and Science) – Committee Co-chair
James Ligthart (Athletics and Recreation) – Committee Co-chair
Jerry Brens (Office of Advancement)
Lisa Callahan (Canadian Cancer Trials Group)
Andrew Carroll (University Relations)
Angela Chen (AMS Rep)
Sherri Ferris (Physical Plant Services)
Nick Graham (School of Computing)
Sarah Heeney (Human Resources)
Stefano Holland (AMS MAC Rep, Commissioner)
Bruce Hutchison (Queen’s Retiree Rep)
Dinah Jansen (AMS Liaison)
Kaitlin Janvary (AMS Rep)
Mary Kemp (ITServices)
Kelly McGarry (Strategic Procurement Services)
Patty McHenry (Office of Advancement)
Dean McKeown (Smith School of Business)
Jon Nicholls (Audit Services)

“Workplace support to the United Way KFL&A fundraising campaign accounts for 70 per cent of the total raised each year,” says Kellie Hart, who, along with James Ligthart, is the co-chair of the Queen’s United Way Campaign Committee. “The continued support of the Queen’s community makes us proud to volunteer and to continue to make a difference. The strength of our community is found in its ability to provide support to those who need our help.”

Students, staff and faculty – both active and retired – contribute greatly to the campaign through a number of ways, including special events, such as the Alma Mater Society barbecue, Thursday, Oct. 19 from 10 am to 1 pm at the corner of Union Street and University Avenue.

Last year, more than 55,000 people benefited from United Way KFL&A-funded programs.

“Every dollar donated this year helps to make a difference in our community,” says Michael Fraser, Vice-Principal (University Relations) and Executive Sponsor of the committee. “For example a $20 monthly donation can provide winter boots for 170 children this winter, while a $50 monthly donation can provide one-to-one support for 63 people living with disabilities.”

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. 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.