Fanshawe's 2020 United Way campaign
Our annual campaign is driven by the goal to empower people in our communities to enjoy their lives to their fullest potential, no matter what the odds are. The funds support local agencies helping people right around the corner to overcome homelessness, poverty and barriers to education. We encourage everyone to work together in tackling these persistent, unignorable issues close to home, ensuring accessible supports for everyone in our communities.
Winter clothing drive - November 9 to 20, 2020
Our community is in need. A number of agencies are looking for warm winter clothing for youth, men and women.
As part of this year's United Way campaign, we're asking for your donation of new or gently used winter clothing (hats, mitts or gloves, scarves, socks, boots, coats, etc.).
If you have winter clothing items in good condition, please email our sponsored employee Jackie Corby by 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 12. Make sure to include your address. Jackie will communicate with you to arrange a physically-distant pick up date and time during the week of November 16-20. Clothing should be in plastic bags with a label detailing exactly what is in the bag. No need for contact: leave the items on your porch or front step for pickup.
Fanshawe's United Way Committee will ensure all winter clothing stays in your community and gets onto the heads, hands and feet of those in need.
Online 50/50 electronic raffle - October 26 to 30, 2020
Did you know? One in five people across our region used a United Way funded program or service last year. Chances are you know at least one person who relies on United Way.
You can help make a difference for them! By participating in Fanshawe's 50/50 electronic raffle this week, you are joining the fight to provide basic needs like food, shelter, physical and mental wellbeing, social connection and safety. Ticket sales go toward our 2020 campaign, meaning 100% of the proceeds from each ticket sold will be directly invested back into local programs.
- Three for $10 - that's like providing two students a daily serving of milk each for one month.
- Ten for $20 - that's like helping two families to secure a garden plot, compost, water, seeds and instructions to grow food for a season.
- Fifty for $50 - that's like providing five individuals with access to a counselling session each at a walk-in clinic.
The online 50/50 electronic raffle is open to everyone! Ticket sales end on Friday, October 30 at 12 p.m.
Our campaign kicks off Wednesday, October 7, 2020 and will run until the end of January 2021.
We may be physically separated, but we're still united in local love!
As Southwestern Ontario faces an uncertain recovery, the unignorable issues that were here before COVID-19 hit are getting worse. London has the third highest child poverty rate in Canada. Our region is facing increasing youth homelessness. One in five people within our four counties live with a mental illness. Add COVID-19, and we’re all feeling more vulnerable, socially isolated and fearful for the future.
Together, we can help. Together, we can make it easier for community resource centres to meet the 10x higher demand they've seen since lockdowns began in March. Together, we can ease the burden of mental health service needs which have increased 43 per cent. Together, we can help people, families and entire neighbourhoods to become stronger.
Our annual United Way campaign is driven by the goal to empower people in our communities to enjoy their lives to their fullest potential, no matter what the odds are. The funds support local agencies helping people right around the corner to overcome homelessness, poverty and barriers to education. We encourage everyone to work together in tackling these persistent, unignorable issues close to home, ensuring accessible supports for everyone in our communities.
Last year, Fanshawe's massively record-breaking $136,777 gift to the community meant that you – our employees, students and friends – helped to make the following things happen specifically because of what you contributed together:
- 1,974 families and seniors accessed physical activity, healthy food or nutrition programs and increased belonging
- 225 young people received support and after-school programming, making them more likely to become successful adults
- 409 kids in K-3 accessed programs in reading and writing, increasing their skills and potential for academic success
- 86 people accessed affordable housing, financial literacy training or emergency shelter
This year, please show your "Local Love” again and help to make our communities stronger!
Your gift will help make local issues #unignorable, enriching the lives of our friends, co-workers, students and neighbours and make a lasting difference for them and their families. Online giving and payroll deduction are now open for the 2020 United Way campaign.
Donate online and win big prizes in the Payroll Deduction Incentive Program!
Please use the appropriate link below to donate to the United Way:
- Fanshawe full-time employees: https://community.unitedwayem.ca/FanshaweFT
- Fanshawe part-time employees: https://community.unitedwayem.ca/FanshawePT
- Fanshawe retirees: https://community.unitedwayem.ca/FanshaweRetiree
- Fanshawe Student Union employees: https://community.unitedwayem.ca/FSU
- Fanshawe students, alumni and community friends: https://community.unitedwayem.ca/FanshaweCommunity
This year, we will once again offer a Payroll Deduction Incentive Program with monthly prize draws for employees who donate online. The first draw for the early bird prize will take place on Friday, October 23 – donate before then to be entered for your chance to win an Apple watch! For more details about the incentive program, please talk to the United Way Champion in your area or watch the myFanshawe portal for more information coming soon.
There will also be other ways to give later this term! Please see the events list below for more information about United Way fundraisers at Fanshawe.
Fundraisers, friend-makers and chances to win big!
While many of our annual favourite activities won't make sense this year, we are excited to announce some new virtual ways to get involved:
- 50/50 draws – October 26-30; December 14-18; January 25-29
- Winter "Koats for Kids" coat drive – November 16-20
- Payroll Deduction Incentive Program – Now until December 17
More special events will be posted here and on the myFanshawe portal as we learn about them.
Thank you for showing your local love, supporting our community and giving families hope, especially this year. Together, more than ever, we will change the odds.
Fanshawe's 2019 United Way campaign: another record-breaking year!
Fanshawe's United Way committee is proud to announce that you have helped surpass our 2019 United Way campaign goal. College staff, students, alumni and retirees have made the largest contribution in Fanshawe's history, a record-setting $136,777 donation to the United Way!
This all-campus total, which reflects funds raised through payroll contributions, as well as fundraising events and student activities, will be distributed to United Way agencies across each of Fanshawe's campus communities.
“In supporting the College's community involvement in the United Way, it provides us with an amazing opportunity to help support people facing issues of poverty, homelessness, and breaking down the barriers to education,” says Michelle Giroux, campaign chair. “The United Way committee members have been hard at work throughout this past year to increase the visibility of the Fanshawe campaign and raise awareness to local issues that present within our local region. It has been a rewarding experience to be involved with the committee that represents Fanshawe and works tirelessly to support our community.”
Fanshawe has surpassed the $100,000 mark for ten years in a row. Our total contributions to the United Way amount to more than $1.6 million since the College began donating.
"I would like to acknowledge the help and support of this year's campaign committee, canvassing champions, volunteers and donors, along with our sponsored employee Trudy Kitchen," Giroux says. "We also congratulate our highest fundraisers, the Campus Security Services and Emergency Management Office team with their efforts for the annual Shoe Shine event, which was led by Special Constable Mike Dukic."
Thank you for showing your local love, supporting our community and giving families hope. Together, we are making local issues unignorable.