Saturday, December 02, 2006

United Way donations (not going well...)

'Twas the month before Christmas
and all thru the campuses
United Way donations were waning....

Look around your community this winter and it's clear how much our donations are needed by homeless people, seniors, and the many children and families affected daily by poverty. These are the very people that United Way of the Lower Mainland helps.

But to be blunt: SFU United Way donations are not what volunteers expected.

There are 219 fabulous Burnaby donors (9.5% of staff/faculty), 19 wonderful Vancouver donors (11.4%), and 7 outstanding Surrey donors (8%). Thank you to all of you who have helped us reach 66% of the SFU donation goal to date.

Your community needs you. Desperately.

Although the "official" United Way month at SFU has ended, donations are very welcome in December. Consider purchasing one less gift on your Christmas list to make a one time donation, or join the growing list of SFU staff and faculty who make payroll donations and give a small amount all year long. As an additional incentive for December, the FINAL PRIZES have been held over to Friday, December 15. At that time we will be drawing from ALL donations made in November and December for:

A day's sailing with Dr. Nello Angerilli (Imagine: a chance to tell a V.P. what you really think!)
$100 in cold, hard cash donated by Roton Industries Ltd. on Granville Island
8 x 10 photo (of your choice) from LIDC Image Library
Stamp Collection donated by SFU Microstore - 65 mint stamps
Parking space at SFU Burnaby
Gift certificate for the Diamond Alumni Centre (2 of these)

This week's draw prize winner (the last of the weekly draw prizes) is Vivian Blackwell, with Document Delivery Service, Burnaby campus library. She has won a copy of Over Beautiful BC: An Aerial Adventure. Congratulations and thank you Vivian!

- Paulette Johnston

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