This week’s spotlight is UBC Okanagan, one of the United Way SIBC’s Workplace Campaign Champions. They have been a long time supporter, helping to raise just under $450,000 over the last 10 years through the UBC United Way Campaign which runs special events, and provides volunteers from the students, faculty, and staff.
While faculty and staff payroll contributions are a big part of the annual UBC Okanagan United Way campaign, the campus also hosts many events throughout the year — from Friday morning coffee “pit-stops” hosted by departments, and bake sales, to book sales at the UBC Okanagan Library. On October 31st the UBC Okanagan United Way Campaign kicked off with a Halloween Candy sale.
Annually, UBC Okanagan’s Community Service Learning team organize students to volunteer their time during their Reading Week giving back to help local charities through the Pushor Mitchell United Way Day of Caring Program. This year, around 60 students participated in the Week of Caring helping with 10 projects throughout the community.
In addition, University staff from UBC Okanagan’s Vice Chancellor office, and the human resources department, volunteered for the Pushor Mitchell United Way Day of Caring to assist Kelowna Women’s Shelter and Arion Farms with some yard work and gardening projects.
Throughout the years, UBC Okanagan has supported United Way through a variety of channels including participating in the campaign kickoff breakfast (see header photo!), partnering with us on production of a campaign video, representing on our Impact Teams, as well as having a very engaged campaign committee.
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 SIBC meet the needs of the region.
United Way SIBC thanks UBC Okanagan students, faculty and staff for being such amazing partners in helping build a strong, vibrant and caring community. Thanks for showing your local love!