Campus campaign gets set to soar

UBC is gearing up for another strong United Way Campaign across campus this year after raising almost $300,000 in 1998.

The university's annual campaign to raise funds and create awareness for the United Way of the Lower Mainland will run from Oct. 18-29 this year.

UBC United Way Campaign Chair Eilis Courtney has already been busy working with staff, faculty and student volunteers to organize a slew of activities throughout campus for the two-week campaign in an effort to topple the $293,390 mark set last year.

An umbrella organization with 104 member agencies and 32 affiliates spread throughout the Lower Mainland, the United Way supports health care and rehabilitation services, crisis and emergency services, care for seniors, community services, and provides assistance to families and individuals.

UBC faculty and staff members usually donate through payroll deduction while students give cash contributions or through events on campus.

To check out what's happening with this year's campaign, visit the Web site at Faculty, staff and students who wish to volunteer to help with the campaign can do so by calling 604-822-8929 or going to the Web site.