Holland College departments support the United Way campaign

By Jazlyn MacLeod
Oct. 31, 2014

Barb Boss tried to think of an interesting way to contribute to the United Way campaign Holland College staff helps every fall.
Then she thought of a basket filled with baking supplies.
“I think staff and students would be happy to win something like this.”
The Health and Community Studies Department wanted something popular, something they thought would be easy to pick up when out grocery shopping or running around, Boss said.
“I didn’t want to make it hard.”
The department’s request prompted of baking goods and the basket was filled and ready to go, the Unite Secretary said.
“The response has been good.”
The department got on board for the first time last year, Boss said.
“We organized a chocolate themed gift basket and raffled that off.”
Different departments at Holland College contribute differently.
Lynn Carr, who works in Administrative support of the athletics and recreation department, said a few years ago they held a pie-in-the-face contest.
Information was sent around to the students and staff about the event, Carr said.
“I had to find instructors that would be willing to do it.”
It was a lot of fun to see the students pay and pie their learning instructor in the face, she said.
“Of course, I can say that because I wasn’t the one getting pied.”
As for this fall’s contribution to help the United Way, Carr said they have no plans yet.
“We haven’t had the chance to talk about it.”
Co-chair of the United Way Campaign Justin Hughes said he’s working with the departments and team captains to ensure this year’s campaign is a success.
“There are a number of different departments raising funds for the United Way campaign this year through a variety of different initiatives.”
Staff payroll contributions play a vital role each year during the campaign and they’re hoping to surpass this year’s goal of $16,000, Hughes said.
“Staff agrees to contribute so much per pay, or a one-time contribution to the campaign.”
He’s excited about the ideas already in place and the many more to come, which will all help a good cause, Hughes said.
“The United Way is a registered charity that raises much needed funds to support a number of charities and nonprofit organizations on P.E.I.”
Helping sell tickets for the baking basket raffle, Hughes said the baskets have been successful in the past.
“The staff and students really get behind this one, and will be a great addition to helping surpass our goal.”