HPU Students Give to United Way’s ‘CANpaign’

HPU cheerleaders and members of the men’s lacrosse team gather for the CANpaign kick off celebration.

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 12, 2017 – Leaders and volunteers from the United Way of Greater High Point were greeted with boxes of food from High Point University students and staff on campus today.

UWGHP’s delivery vans arrived as part of the organization’s “CANpaign” Kick Off, event and the Student Government Association presented nearly 400 canned food items. Additional nonperishables collected by student clubs on campus were also donated.

Erik Daniels, HPU Student Government Association’s service chair, coordinated the campaign on HPU’s campus and said that he’s proud of the student groups and the amount that they raised. The College Democrats were the largest single contributors to the drive.

“The United Way is fantastic in coordinating with student leaders and letting us see a breakdown of where the food will be going,” said Daniels. “We are able to relay that to student groups around campus, and they know that it’s really benefiting the local community and can see the impacts of their effort. The groups that got involved gave a lot, and I hope that in the future we grow our numbers and get even more student groups involved in the CANpaign.”

“HPU has been a great partner in this effort,” said Joe Barnes, campaign division director at UWGHP. “The students at this university are aware that this food goes from the campus community out into the surrounding High Point community, and it’s fantastic to see that connection.”

Volunteers load the canned food from HPU into UWGHP vans.

A celebration and distribution event will be held today at Mendenhall Transportation Terminal at 5:30 p.m. as donations from across the city are unloaded by members of the HPU men’s lacrosse team and packed onto an Old Dominion Freight Line truck. HPU cheerleaders and student volunteers 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 2016 United Way Campaign totaled over $240,000, a 533 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 five consecutive years.

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