UBC Okanagan, one of the United Way CSO’s 2016 top 10 Workplace Campaign Champions!  Last year, through their workplace campaign and special events Students, Faculty and Staff at UBC Okanagan raised $38,564.

While faculty and staff payroll contributions are a big part of the annual UBC Okanagan workplace campaign, the campus also hosts many events throughout the year — from Friday morning coffee “pit-stops” hosted by departments, to bake sales, book sales at the UBC Okanagan Library, and even a bow- tie auction featuring an authentic bow tie worn by UBC President Santa Ono and donated to the auction by Engineering Instructor Ray Taheri.

On October 11th the UBC Okanagan United Way Campaign kicked off with a pancake breakfast which saw the United Way’s Super Hero Team lead by Global’s Doris Bregolisse helping to promote the event and prepare the pancakes.

In 2016, they also partnered with the United Way for the Falcons Play for United Way baseball fundraiser, the i-Search Kelowna housing website, the United Way Poverty Simulation and participated in a Pushor Mitchell United Way Day of Caring.  UBC Okanagan students have also generously volunteered their time during their Reading week giving back to help local charities through the Pushor Mitchell United Way Day of Caring Program.

Deputy Vice Chancellor of UBCO, Deborah Buzsard, helping out at the Day of Caring at Clubhouse Farm

Bud Mortenson and Ian Gerbrandt show their inner super-hero at the pancake breakfast.

More than 55 students signed up through the UBC Okanagan Community Service Learning Program, which was the maximum amount of students possible. They contributed nearly 300 hours of time doing tasks like indoor cleaning, painting and assembling resource kids, saving the agencies valuable time and resources. In fact, the student volunteers tackled morning and afternoon projects each day of their break, a total of 10 projects. These 10 projects saved the agencies over $4,500 in labour costs!  Community partner organizations that received help were: Lake Country Boys and Girls Club, Kelowna Child Care Society, Living Positive Resource Centre, MCC Thrift Store, Pathways Abilities Society, YMCA of Okanagan, Good Samaritan Society/Mountainview Senior’s Village.

UBC Okanagan staff manage the Kids Zone at the Falcons Play for United Way fundraiser

Amanda Hancock cooks pancakes during the UBC Okanagan fall kick-off fundraiser

“The United Way and UBC have had a wonderful partnership that began in 1976, and our Okanagan campus has held a workplace campaign since we opened in 2005,” said Bud Mortenson, campaign chair for the UBC Okanagan campus. “We’re proud to partner with the United Way in support of so many people and organizations in our region.”

Since 2005, UBC Okanagan students, faculty and staff have raised just over $500,000 in support of their communities.

The UBC Okanagan campaign is a huge team effort, involving dozens of event organizers and hundreds of volunteers and participants pulling together to help United Way CSO meet the needs of the region.  United Way CSO thanks UBC Okanagan students, faculty and staff for being such amazing partners in helping build a strong, vibrant and caring community.  Thank you for your continued support!

Visit UBC Okanagan United Way campaign page

Bud accepting certificate at the Central Okanagan Appreciation Event

UBCO students partake in a Day of Caring over Reading Week

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