United Way campus campaign kicks off

Posted: October 5, 2017 6:00 a.m.

Members of the United Way team.  (l-r) Bruce Anderson, Dr. Thomas Chase, Robyn Edwards-Bentz, CEO Regina United Way, Brian Christie, Devon Anderson, Costa Maragos and Sheila Kerester (also on the team are Shayla Bonhomme, Chris Oriet and Constance Hammermeister).
Members of the United Way team. (l-r) Bruce Anderson, Dr. Thomas Chase, Robyn Edwards-Bentz, CEO Regina United Way, Brian Christie, Devon Anderson, Costa Maragos and Sheila Kerester (also on the team are Shayla Bonhomme, Chris Oriet and Constance Hammermeister). Photo by Rae Graham - U of R Photography

The U of R’s 2017 United Way campaign is now underway.

The campaign was officially launched at an event at the Research and Innovation Centre Atrium with the annual Leader and Friends Reception on October 3.

This year’s campaign will build on the success of last year when donations added up to $108,000, surpassing the goal of $105,000.  
“We’re so lucky to have generous people from the University of Regina supporting us,” says Robyn Edwards-Bentz, CEO of the United Way in Regina.

United Way donations stay in the community, providing assistance to more than 20 local agencies that deliver a variety of programs and services to children, youth and families.

This year the United Way is focused on helping improve literacy rates among young children.
 
The United Way is expanding its Summer Success program, which works with community groups and volunteers to boost children’s reading skills. The program has now grown from three to nine camps, thanks to donations.

“Our goals are aligned with the U of R,” says Edwards-Benz. “Reading proficiency by third grade really affects school success, so if we can get more kids reading on time and graduating from high school, they can look at post-secondary options and of course come to the University of Regina.”

Once again the U of R’s goal is to raise $105,000.

“We’re so grateful to everyone on campus that comes through every year to help this worthwhile cause,” says Chris Oriet who is co-chair of the U of R campaign. “People have shown their support in a variety of ways and I am confident the campus community will be there for us again this year.”

There are a number of ways to participate. Donations can be made either as a lump sum or through payroll deductions. Donors are issued a tax receipt.

“In the past, colleagues have organized fundraising events, on and off campus,” says Devon Anderson, campaign co-chair. “It’s a fun way to give back to the community.”

If you are planning on organizing a United Way fundraising event, contact Shayla Bonhomme, for help publicizing the event.
 
This year, donors are encouraged to donate children’s books for school libraries or for literacy programs. The books can be dropped off with any campaign committee member listed below.

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