UBC Reports | Vol. 46 | No. 15 | October 05, 2000
United -- the only way to go
The United Way campaign is all about helping others
by Bruce Mason staff writer
You are never too busy to take part in the United Way, say organizers of
UBC's campus campaign. And it's never been easier to get involved.
"The main campaign will run from Oct. 16-27," says Bill McMichael, program
co-ordinator with the UBC-Ritsumeikan Academic Exchange Program and
UBC campaign chair. "But there will be a number of related events
occurring before and after, including car washes, contests and competitions,
pancake breakfasts and bake sales. And many more events like these are in the
Organizers are hoping to raise more than $300,000 at UBC. They also hope
to contribute to building a stronger sense of community at the university
during the campaign.
Pledge cards will be mailed out next week.
"It's vital that all parts of the community work together to help those in
need," says UBC President Martha Piper, who is serving as chair this
year of the education division of the provincial United Way campaign.
"Whatever our job or profession, we need to accept the responsibility of
helping others less fortunate than ourselves, and through our contributions to
United Way we can make a huge difference in people's lives," says
Piper, who has volunteered to chair the Lower Mainland campaign next year.
One in three people in the Lower Mainland have used the services of a United
Way member agency or service. All of the money raised in the Lower Mainland
remains within the area.
UBC has the largest employee campaign in the Lower Mainland.
UBC faculty and staff have the option of supporting individual
UBCfaculty or department initiatives as well as any of the areas
outlined in the Trek 2000 vision document through the United Way.
Initiatives include student scholarships and innovative learning opportunities.
One hundred per cent of the contribution will go to the area specified on the
The winner of this year's race will win airfare to anywhere in
North America. Tickets can be purchased for two dollars from any UBC
United Way representative.
To volunteer for the campus campaign or for more information visit the Web site
at www.unitedway.ubc.ca or call 604-822-8929.