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Poverty’s toll ‘unignorable’: Western's Sponsored Employee Jasmine Ball shares her journey

Jasmine Ball is an administrative co-ordinator in the office of the Associate Vice-President (Student Experience). She is a sponsored employee to the United Way Elgin Middlesex, and she shares this personal story of why she is involved … and how you can help.

One sentiment I’ve heard a lot recently, is that everyone knows about United Way, but not everyone sees its impact. Our community has the third highest rate of child poverty in all of Canada; that’s one in five children living below the poverty line. If this comes as a surprise to you, you’re in good company. It’s a surprise for many. The truth is, poverty is something many children learn to conceal.




Show Your Local Love Fest

Thanks to all those who braved the cold and stopped by for some free hot chocolate and dropped off your new or gently used boots for the GenNext Boot Drive at the Nov. 14 Show Your Local Love Fest. The event held on concrete beach was a local market for ways we can all work together to build strong and healthy communities. #LocalLove

Harvest Lunch launches United Way Elgin Middlesex 2018 Campaign

Thanks to all the team Western members who helped launch the 2018 United Way Elgin Middlesex Community Campaign at the 3M Harvest Lunch. The group joined over 3,000 people, from local businesses, community organizations and United Way funded agencies to start his year's campaign off on the right foot.

Starbuck's Thursdays help Health Sciences support the United Way



Andrea Baker, United Way Champion in the Faculty of Health Sciences has a goal to bring new energy and commitment to the United Way in her area. One way she accomplishes this is through her Starbuck's Thursdays. Watch the video and get a sense of the commitment from our United Way Champions.



How you can help


Time to think United Way

Take a minute and add the upcoming UW events to your calendar. Great opportunities to Show Your Local Love:

E-Pledge Launch - Western United Way ePledge - your way to donate easily online.

Coffee Day for United Way - Thursday, Nov. 15

Order a large or XL coffee at campus coffee spots and .25 will be donated to the United Way.

UW Beach Volleyball Tournament - Saturday, Nov. 24. Register today!

When you support the United Way, your donation stays in London and Middlesex County. Your financial support is invested in programs that have the proven ability to change people's lives and helps make our community stronger, healthier and more productive.


United Way Day of Caring 🎥

The possibilities are limitless - get involved in your department's/faculty's United Way campaign or volunteer at a United Way funded agency. Bringing your own unique blend of talents and interests can have a dramatic impact on your community and as an added bonus you'll learn about yourself.


United Way’s Community Impact Agenda identifies that United Way can create change not only through investments in critical programs and services, but also through efforts to advocate and mobilize our community to understand and respond to key issues that matter right here in London and Middlesex County.