United Way campus campaign kick-off

By Dale Johnson Posted: October 2, 2015 4:00 p.m.

President Vianne Timmons (centre) was on hand for the launch of the United Way campus campaign, along with co-chairs Bill Bonner (l) and Devon Anderson (r).
President Vianne Timmons (centre) was on hand for the launch of the United Way campus campaign, along with co-chairs Bill Bonner (l) and Devon Anderson (r). Photo courtesy of Rae Graham - U of R Photography.

The University of Regina community is again involved in helping to support the work of the United Way.

The focus on this year’s campaign is All That Kids Can Be – which will support programs to improve educational outcomes for Regina’s children and lead to an improved quality of life.

On average, a child from a middle-income neighborhood has access to more than 10 age-appropriate books. Their low-income counterparts have access to just one book per 300 children. The disparity is dramatic, but United Way programs like Dr. Seuss Reading Day Summer Success, Literacy Kits and Classroom Libraries helps put more books in the hands of children who need them most.

At the campus kick-off event at the University Club, people were invited to donate children’s books that will be used to form literacy kits.

As well, the United Way also raises money for a variety of community organizations - and that ultimately means a healthy future for everyone in Regina.

“The United Way benefits more than 25 local organizations, ranging from early learning and family support programs, to women's shelters, to organizations that support refugees. Support and funding received from the United Way by these organizations is critical, and in many cases allows them to keep operating year to year,” explains Devon Anderson, co-chair of this year’s United Way appeal at the University of Regina.

Fellow co-chair Bill Bonner says “The United Way is a local initiative supporting local programs that benefit the community, our community. We, the University of Regina, are well supported by our community and this is an opportunity to return that support and live up to the University’s motto, As one who serves.”

Also on the U of R United Way campaign team are Bruce Anderson, Shayla Bonhomme, Brian Christie, Joanne Koslowski, Sheila Leach, Chris Oriet, Pat Patton and Wendy Whitebear.

The United Way campaign continues until the end of November and the University of Regina’s goal is to raise $105,000 over the next two months.

Here’s a short YouTube video about the Summer Success reading program.