Exploring the University’s Relationship with the United Way

At the University of Alberta, we take seriously our public responsibility to serve the public good. We’ve made it part of our vision and…

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At the University of Alberta, we take seriously our public responsibility to serve the public good. We’ve made it part of our vision and mission. It’s in the title of our institutional strategic plan. Serving the public good takes many forms — teaching the next generation, researching questions that need answers and problems that need solutions, and working in partnership with all kinds of organizations to serve the needs of our broader community.

It can also take the form of philanthropy. Every year the U of A participates in the Capital Region United Way Campaign. Through that participation, our students, faculty, staff, administration and alumni serve and support people in our community who are impacted by all kinds of social issues, including poverty, discrimination, domestic violence, and mental health.

The United Way supports over 50 charities in our community. It is an effective and efficient fundraising vehicle for those charities, but it is also offers something more. It creates a collaborative, strategic and coordinated network of community partners dedicated to solving social issues. It monitors the performance and measures the results of community investments, helping to advance our understanding of which solutions are making a significant positive difference in the lives of thousands of people in our community.

The University of Alberta has long been part of the United Way’s collaborative, strategic, and coordinated network. Many of its member organizations are also our partners. They open their doors to our students through community service-learning courses, internships, and coops, and to our researchers through joint research projects. Through experiential learning opportunities in United Way supported organizations, our students gain a deeper perspective on the complexities of the issues and begin to learn how to translate research into action in ways that directly address specific challenges and help to improve the lives of others.

The United Way is our partner in other ways as well. The U of A’s community includes more than 50,000 students, faculty, and staff, all of whom are a part of the broader community. Each of us likely knows someone who has faced social strife — you may even have sought pathways out of poverty yourself. By giving to the United Way campaign, we support each other. We support our neighbours, our friends, our peers, and our families.

Over the course of the 2017 University of Alberta United Way Campaign, you’ll see and hear stories of the work that members of our University community are undertaking to understand and to end poverty. I hope that you’ll take the time to listen and to help.

This October please givegive, share, and uplift.

Douglas R. Stollery, QC, LLM — Chancellor and Chair of the Senate

The University of Alberta’s United WayThe University of Alberta’s United Way fundraising campaign runs from October 11–27, 2017. To learn more about how your can give, share, and uplift the community through your participation visit the U of A’s United Way website.give, share, and uplift the community through your participation visit the U of A’s United Way website.

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