A program that brings United Way’s funded agency partners together with United Way donors to provide meaningful volunteer opportunities.
What does this accomplish?
United Way donors better understand how together we are positively impacting the lives of vulnerable people across the Lower Mainland. Donors learn about the issues facing our region by getting to see first-hand how their gifts help families move from poverty to possibility, build stronger communities for seniors and help kids be all that they can be. Donors are inspired to continue giving and agencies get some extra help.
Projects we’re looking for
Projects like painting, gardening, landscaping and cleaning that will take a half-day to a full-day to complete. We are also looking for ongoing volunteer opportunities such as assembling care packages or hampers on a weekly basis.
UBC Government Relations
The UBC team helped us clean up so much of the playground that we haven’t been able to make the time for, and had simply been neglected over a few seasons. The team resurfaced with river rock the garden areas that were under assault by local cats, who used them as their own public washrooms. The team also pressure-washed the wooden decking, staircases and plastic awnings that have been turning an undesirable shade of green. As our regular landscape maintenance team were on holidays, the UBC team trimmed, edged, and weeded the lawn in front of the neighbourhood house. Just when we thought this is already more than we expected, the team also went at our garden shed that has been the home to the local squirrels for probably a couple years—this meant of course cleaning squirrel excrement. I can’t say enough good things about the help we got from the UBC team and the United Way. The kids are loving the cleaner and more welcoming space, so we want to say a big Thank you from everyone at Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House. Michael VolkerDirector Core Programs and Operations – Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
UBC IT, Infrastructure Development and Scheduling Services – Learning Spaces Team
The Kits Neighbourhood House has never looked better! …well that is at least what we would like to think after spending the morning cleaning, sweeping, planting, pruning, and whatever tasks that needed attention around the facility. While this may seem like hard work, we all had big smiles and had tons of fun interacting with the community. It is always a pleasure to learn about the good work that the United Way supports and even better when you can immerse yourself in it, at least for a little bit. What a great way to give back!Steven LeeFacilities Planner, Learning Spaces Team
UBC UW Executive Committee and Ceremonies & Events
UBC employees and student volunteers served a Hanukkah luncheon to seniors and holocaust survivors at the Jewish Community Centre. They decorated the banquet hall and engaged in light conversation with diners. All had a delightful experience as the event went very smoothly and was extremely well attended.