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Queen's United Way campaign in full swing

[AMS United Way co-chairs Heather Lawton and Jordan Lee]AMS United Way co-chairs Heather Lawton and Jordan Lee are focused on giving back to the Kingston community during the campaign.

The Queen’s United Way campaign is off to an impressive start with 47 per cent of the $320,000 goal raised after just a few weeks.

“The Queen’s United Way campaign is a vital part of the community. Every dollar raised in support of United Way programs and services improves lives in our community and our students, faculty, staff and retirees consistently rise to the challenge of the campaign goal,” says staff co-chair Shelley Aylesworth-Spink.

In 2010, the United Way serving Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFLA) funded 106 critical programs and services that helped 74,000 people.

“Supporting the campaign is such a worthwhile endeavour because the United Way helps build a stronger community and enhances the quality of life for so many people,” says labour co-chair Sherri Ferris.

The Queen’s community—staff, faculty, students and retirees—donated $326,000 to the local United Way campaign last year, the largest workplace contribution in KFLA. Queen’s retirees contributed $108,000, making them a leader among other Canadian university retiree groups.

Roberta Hamilton volunteered to serve as the retiree co-chair after reading Lawrence Scanlan’s A Year of Living Generously and learning that approximately 3,800 local children, from junior kindergarten to Grade 12, arrive at school hungry and do not have a lunch.

“Programs supported by the United Way including the Loving Spoonful and Food Sharing Project touch our lives and the lives of our families, friends and neighbours in many ways. A key group of programs supports children and young people so that they have a better chance to develop their potential,” says Ms Hamilton.

The Alma Mater Society United Way Committee co-chairs Jordan Lee and Heather Lawton are excited for another successful campaign.

“As well as trying to reach our monetary goal, we want to bring more structure and focus on outreach work. Part of our campaign will be dedicated to breaking free of the “Queen’s bubble” by giving back to the Kingston community,” says Ms Lawton.

The committee recently organized an event where students could get important information about mental health and counselling services available on campus and in the community.

Campaign information and pledge cards have been delivered to campus mailboxes. As well, the date for the annual United Way barbeque will be announced in the coming weeks.

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