United Way campaign sparks campus generosity

Faculty and staff at the University of Lethbridge have traditionally been extremely supportive of charitable causes and as the U of L United Way Campaign kicks off, employee generosity will be revealed once again.

The campaign this year is two-fold, featuring payroll deductions/one-time gifts and the popular Cash Calendar. While there are many worthwhile causes and charities, one plus of the United Way Campaign is that all monies raised are used to support local programs in Lethbridge and surrounding areas.

Barb Erler, campaign chair, encourages staff to donate through payroll deductions/one-time gifts and thanks everyone who has supported the United Way Campaign in the past.

"All donations, small or large, make a difference and help support local community service agencies in Lethbridge and southern Alberta," Erler says.

Staff at the University make it possible to sign up for payroll deductions and forms for employee payroll deductions/one-time gifts are available through Kyle Halluk in Human Resources.

"Monies raised from the U of L United Way Campaign support local programs in Lethbridge and surrounding areas and our support is critical to the ongoing operations of community service agencies," Erler adds. "Some of the agencies who receive funding from the United Way include Big Brothers & Sisters, CNIB, Interfaith Food Bank, Lethbridge Family Services, Red Cross and YWCA Harbour House."

The Cash Calendar forms part of the U of L United Way Campaign again this year. For $25 the Cash Calendar offers daily draws in November for prizes ranging from $50 to $500. If all 300 calendars are sold, the total prize amount given out in the month of November is $3,500, with $4,000 donated to the United Way. Those who purchase calendars prior to Oct. 15 are eligible for the $100 early bird draw.

Cash Calendars are available for $25 through one of the volunteer sellers or in the Office of the Vice-President (Finance and Administration).

"Faculty and staff realize that supporting local community service agencies is important and have shown their generosity in the past," Erler says. "I hope that staff will continue to support the work of the United Way of Lethbridge and southwestern Alberta and contribute to the 2009 campaign."

Campaign Volunteers
• Cathy Kanashiro, Faculty of Arts & Science
• Karen Mahar, Faculty of Fine Arts
• Carol Van Dyk, Faculty of Management
• Doris Kostiuk, Library
• Kristine Wall, University Advancement
• Annette Bright, Bookstore
• Patrick Mack, Human Resources
• Diane Boyle, Information Technology
• Shauna Haag, Facilities
• Greg Martin, Printing Services