Students Give to United Way’s ‘CANpaign’

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 13, 2016 – Leaders from the United Way of Greater High Point were greeted with boxes of food and a $1,000 donation from High Point University students and staff on campus today.

As the UWGHP’s delivery truck arrived as part of the organization’s “CANpaign” Kick Off event, the Student Government Association presented the monetary gift. Nearly 1,400 canned food items and additional nonperishables collected by student clubs on campus were also donated.

Alpha Phi Omega, HPU’s co-ed service fraternity, was the largest contributor for canned food.

“Every time we see an opportunity to help with hunger in our community, we contribute because we know there are hardships,” says Amanda Vo, APO’s president. “Every member brought cans for the cause – some as many as 50 cans a piece.”

SGA President Rachel Callaway said the $1,000 donation and food items were important for students to contribute.

“In addition to our donation, we want our community to be at the forefront of our students’ minds,” says Callaway. “This event was a great way to get clubs on campus connected to community service as soon as the year begins.”

“This is a big surprise,” said Joe Barnes, campaign division director at UWGHP. “The students’ level of generosity is unbelievable, and we know that they are concerned about giving people in our community a better life.”

UWGHP volunteer Chase Taylor (left) and HPU alumnus Cyril Jefferson load the items onto a United Way collection van.

UWGHP volunteer Chase Taylor (left) and HPU alumnus Cyril Jefferson load the items onto a United Way collection van.

In total, the UWGHP expects to collect 100,000 pounds of food today. A celebration and distribution event will be held at the High Point University Community Center at Oak Hollow Mall today at 5:30 p.m. as donations from across the city are packed onto an Old Dominion Freight Line truck. HPU lacrosse players will assist in the final packing, and HPU cheerleaders, Prowler the Panther and the HPU ice cream truck will also be at the event.

The HPU family comes together to contribute to this event each year, as well as many other United Way initiatives. The university’s 2015 United Way Campaign totaled $230,000, a 505 percent increase since 2005 and the third largest campaign in the city. The university has also received the Spirit of North Carolina award from the United Way for four consecutive years.

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