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You could be Western's 2019 Sponsored Employee

The Sponsored Employee Program is a 16 week, full-time secondment, beginning Aug. 26 until Dec. 13, 2019. This opportunity provides the selected staff member with a chance to support our campus United Way campaign and ultimately our community. The experience and training provided also helps to enhance many transferrable skills such as: leadership and facilitation skills, relationship management and presentation skills.

If you would like to be considered for this opportunity, review posting 15585 on the Working at Western website. Applications are being accepted until May 12, 2019 from current, regular full-time Western employees.

Western's Shows #LocalLove

Western's 2018 United Way Campaign wrapped up recently with a total donation of $611, 866. This is London's largest employee/retiree generated campaign and it is very clear that Western community members truly wanted to show the London area their Local Love.

Highlights from this year's campaign include:

- an increase in overall donors
- donation of 120 boots to the GenNext Boot Drive
- outstanding support from all our United Way volunteers

Thank you to everyone who helped support United Way Elgin Middlesex in their work to reduce family poverty, support youth success and change lives right here at home.

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


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:

Join Team Western at the United Way Day of Caring:
June 6, 2019

Day of Caring

During the Day of Caring dedicated teams of workplace volunteers complete meaningful, hands-on projects at United Way funded agencies and programs. Last year, close to 500 volunteers showed their local love in action across the region.

If you are interested in joining Team Western on the afternoon of June 6 please contact Alex Kulczycki at:

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.