A snapshot of the 2016 United Way Campaign

December 1, 2016

Close-up of U of T president's hand holding a United Way mug. Photo is from his Instagram account, which says, "On this GivingTuesday, I am pleased to share that with a month to go, more than $360K has been raised to date in support of U of T's United Way campaign."

With less than a month to go in the University of Toronto’s (U of T) United Way Campaign, it is important to take a moment to celebrate all of the great contributions our community has made so far.

To date, we have raised over $377,000 for
the United Way Toronto & York and Peel Regions!

Our communities have come together to participate in a diverse range of events – from plant sales to community partnerships. Here are some examples from the last two weeks alone.

Annual Swap Shop Sale for the United Way: November 29 to December 1, 2016

As always, the Annual Swap Shop Sale for the United Way has been jam packed full of activity. Known as the place of great finds, members of the U of T community have been acquiring great deals on office furniture, clothing, books, and workout items as their sales continue to contribute to the community services supported by the United Way.

Closeup of second-hand clothes on large table at the Annual Swap Shop Sale in support of the United Way

Buyers go through second-hand clothing and office furniture at U of T's Annual Swap Shop Sale

GivingTuesday: November 29, 2016

Donation collection for women’s shelters:

HR & Equity (HRE) participated in GivingTuesday on November 29, and collaborated with the Barbara Schlifer Commemorative Clinic to support women residing in Toronto shelters.

Bag of donated toiletries for women's shelters and the Barbra Schlifer Clinic

Shopping for a cause:

$1 pizza and $1 pop was sold during lunch to support the United Way. Crowds gathered early at 215 Huron St., as colleagues shared jokes while eagerly awaiting delivery.

HR & Equity staff wait patiently, but look hungry, while waiting for pizza to arrive.

HR & Equity staff enjoy pizza on GivingTuesday

While staff enjoyed a pizza lunch, in the next room Thirty-One was also onsite with a colourful display of bags, with 25% of all sales being donated the Campaign.

Display of bags from Thirty-One

Photos with Santa Krull:

From noon to 2 p.m., the Office of the Registrar at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) hosted Photos with Santa (Ulli) Krull in the Davis Building Meeting Place. Approximately 50 photos were taken (not to mention the countless selfies) with over 130 participants!

University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) staff taking photos with Santa for the United Way

Students and staff alike were eager to have their photos taken with our in-house Santa Krull. The event raised $386 for United Way Peel Region. The Office is immensely grateful to Vice-President and Principal Ulli Krull for being a fabulous Santa!

Carpenter Team, Union Local gives back: November 28, 2016

This year the U of T Carpenters and their Union Local wanted to give back and contributed $750 towards the cause.

“The carpenters who are helping to build and maintain this postsecondary institution also see themselves as partners in building a better Toronto,” notes Joseph Iannuzzi, business representative with the Carpenters’ Union Local 27. “We are proud and excited to participate this year.”

U of T Carpenters Team, Union Local for the United Way Campaign

United Way Plant Sale: November 22, 2016 &
Bowl-a-thon: November 21, 2016

At the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), a bowl-a-thon and plant sale were just some of the other United Way activities taking place on their campus.

Bowl-a-thon and United Way Plant Sale posters from the University of Mississauga (UTM)

HR & Equity’s Day of Community: November 22, 2016

Inspired by the U of T’s United Way Campaign and the spirit of the holidays, the HR & Equity team came together for it’s inaugural Day of Community in support of Ronald McDonald House (RMH). For its first charitable initiative, the team decorated and stuffed 150 breakfast care bags for families at Toronto’s Ronald McDonald House.

HR & Equity staff who decorated care bags for Ronald McDonald House

Photo credits: Michael DiPaul (Swap Shop Sale)