United Way campaign gets underway

United Way campaign gets underway

October 4, 2021


The Queen’s United Way campaign is now underway with a fundraising target of $425,000. These essential funds account for more than 10 per cent of the overall campaign total for the United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington.

The overall goal for this year’s campaign is $3,614,800.

Last year, in the face of the pandemic, the Queen’s community gave like never before raising a record-setting $455,356.

These funds helped the United Way as it assisted 79,967 members of the community through 70 agencies and 220 programs.

“The United Way plays a critical role in ensuring the health and well-being of our community by funding programs and services that benefit thousands of people right here in Kingston and the surrounding area,” says Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane, who is also a member of the Campaign Cabinet for the United Way KFL&A. “Queen’s is an important partner in this work and I am pleased to support the United Way not only with my donation, but also with my time as a member of the Campaign Cabinet. I encourage everyone in the Queen’s community to contribute to United Way in any way they can because together, we can make a real difference in the lives of many.”

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the number one need for members of the KFL&A community has been food, with 1,600 meals served in our community every day and 3,300 hampers/baskets are being delivered every month including to low-income seniors, students and families.

“It has been amazing for the United Way to be a part of a community coming together to  help each other,” says Bhavana Varma, President and CEO of United Way KFL&A. “People have stepped forward to support the essential work being done by frontline agencies to support our family, friends, neighbours who are struggling in vulnerable situations.”

Queen’s staff, faculty and retirees are leaders in the community having the largest workplace and retiree campaign within the region.

To join the campaign and donate, visit the Queen’s United Way site and follow the instructions. Previous donors who have accepted automatic renewal can also use this link to increase their annual pledge.

2021 United Way at Queen’s Speaker Series

Homelessness and Mental Health
Thursday, Oct. 14
12-12:45 pm

Human Trafficking
Thursday, Oct. 21
12-12:45 pm

Learn how the United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington and its partner agencies are addressing the needs of people facing these very serious issues in our community. Speakers will share stories of how your donation to United Way helps this important work. Hosted by Principal Patrick Deane.

Register for one or both events by emailing principal.events@queensu.ca to receive the Zoom link and calendar invite to attend.