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The Community Outreach Commission raises money and awareness for their chosen charities and strives to enhance the lives of those who would benefit from a helping hand.
What does the Community Outreach Commission do?
AFTER SCHOOL BUDDIES
After School Buddies works closely with Boys and Girls Club of the greater Kingston area. We offer volunteer opportunities for Queen’s students to engage in athletics, crafts, and the homework club with a wide range of age groups at the Boys and Girls Club. In addition, we aim to organize programming events at the Boys and Girls club, integrating different Queen’s clubs and organizations to offer children enriching experiences. Our Executive Committee focuses on organizing fundraising and awareness events on Queen’s campus. Major events include our whiteboard awareness campaign and our Annual Dare 2 Dodge Dodgeball Tournament. All proceeds are donated to Boys and Girls Club of Kingston at the end of each year.
The Alzheimer's Outreach Committee aims to raise awareness for Alzheimer's and Dementia in the Queen's community and fundraise for the Alzheimer's Society of Kingston. We facilitate this outreach through on-campus and off-campus initiatives. On-campus we run awareness initiatives such as a Winter Gala and various social media campaigns. We also branch off into the Kingston community by providing volunteers to St. Mary's of the Lake Hospital. At the hospital, students engage in one-on-one support for patients living with Alzheimer's or Dementia, and provide group entertainment. With these volunteers we strive to promote a support system to patients in these facilities.
ASUS PARTNERS IN EDUCATION (PIE)
ASUS Partners in Education (PIE), in its first year on campus, rests on three pillars: volunteering, fundraising and awareness initiatives. Our volunteer program entails working directly with Pathways to Education and their various mentorship programs including tutoring and active living promotion. We aim to assist with the mission of Pathways to Education, to break the cycle of poverty for students in North Kingston. All proceeds raised through our various fundraising events go towards benefitting the Kingston chapter of Pathways to Education. We also wish to bring students from Pathways to Education to the Queen’s campus to engage in experiential and discovery-based learning activities in a post-secondary setting. In the upcoming year we hope to start conversations and break down misconceptions about poverty in Kingston and how we can promote equity in our community.
The Autism Partnership Committee is dedicated to supporting individuals in the Queen’s and Kingston community impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Our organization consists of two main branches aimed at targeting the focal tenets of ASD advocacy: the Executive Committee, which facilitates fundraising, awareness, and outreach activities; and volunteer programs, consisting of the Awesome Possums and Buddy Program. The Executive Committee is responsible for organizing our annual events which include the Partnership Puzzle, Trevstock, and the 5K Autism Run. All proceeds are donated to Autism Ontario at the end of each year. The two volunteer programs are designed to pair Queen's students with children with ASD through companionship on a weekly basis in order to develop a strong support system for them and their families. The goal is to foster an enriching and safe environment, promoting social and personal development.
Cancer Triad focuses their efforts around 3 objectives: fundraising, awareness, and volunteering. The fundraising and awareness initiatives are primarily carried out by the Cancer Triad Committee. These initiatives support the Kingston chapter of the Canadian Cancer Society, as well as Movember Canada. The committee's major undertaking in the fall semester is the ASUS Movember campaign, which involves fundraising in support of prostate cancer. The committee also supports other cancer-based fundraising and awareness initiatives on campus, including Relay for Life. In addition to the committee, a separate group of representatives are dedicated to volunteering in Hotel Dieu Hospital's Urgent Care Center. Cancer Triad strives to provide a framework for passionate students to have a positive impact on both the Queen's and greater Kingston healthcare community.
CROHN’S AND COLITIS
Crohn’s and Colitis’ committee has three primary goals: to raise awareness for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), to raise funds for Crohn's and Colitis Canada, and to provide a support network for students who suffer from IBD. In partnership with Crohn's and Colitis Canada and the Kingston chapter, we host both awareness and educational events for students and the Kingston community. We have a variety of events executed by our committee such as pumpkin carving and IBD exam care packages. The committee's flagship event is the annual Gutsy Walk in March. Through this committee we hope to foster an inclusive environment and break the stigma around IDB.
FRIENDS 4 INCLUSION
Friends 4 Inclusion raises awareness about inclusion and accessibility on campus and in the Kingston community. There are two main branches: the Executive committee and the volunteers. The committee is responsible for organizing and running awareness events on campus that aim to not only raise funds for Community Living Kingston but also highlight the importance of an accessible and inclusive environment. Our volunteer program is unique in that it offers a range of opportunities to help individuals with intellectual disabilities. These include: being matched one-on-one with someone seeking friendship, volunteering in a daycare and running group activities aligned with the volunteer's interest (cooking, dancing etc.). Together, Friends 4 Inclusion and Community Living Kingston strive to promote inclusion for everyone, at Queen's and the greater Kingston area.
HEART AND STROKE
The Heart and Stroke Committee aims to inspire students to make healthy and positive changes in their life to maintain and promote health, while increasing awareness around heart disease; aligning with the goals of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. On campus we raise awareness for student health, by promoting healthy eating, active living and mental health. In parallel, we raise awareness for people in the community who may be living with heart disease. We do this through various events on campus to provide an environment where students can participate in the discussion on health. Our flagship event is the annual Athlete Auction, where students are partnered with athletes to participate in a variety of events that promote a healthy lifestyle. All proceeds collected through these various initiatives are donated to the Kingston chapter of the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
KIDS 4 KIDS
The main goal of Kids 4 Kids is to raise awareness for Child Life programs in Kingston; the Child Life programs work to improve sick children's welfare in the Hospital. We have two main components to our committee: the executive team, and the volunteer program. The executive team is responsible for organizing and executing our various fundraising events throughout the school year, including the Christmas Tree Sale and Cover Your Crest. These events aim to raise awareness around campus for Kids 4 Kids and fundraise for the Child Life program. The volunteer program places volunteers at Hotel Dieu Hospital in the Children's Outpatient Clinic Playroom, interacting with the children and providing support to their families before doctor's appointments. Kids 4 Kids, connects Queen's students with opportunities in the Kingston hospitals as well as brings awareness back to campus about the importance of the Child Life programs.
ASUS Lost Paws works with local animal rescue organizations including the Kingston Humane Society and Kingston Animal Rescue to improve the quality of life of shelter animals. As a club, our three main goals are to fundraise, raise awareness, and volunteer in the community. Awareness Week and Critters on Campus are two of our main events that raise funds for these organizations and unite Queen's students with the Kingston community. Our events also spread awareness of local animal issues such as overpopulation, and encourage animal adoption and fostering options. An added benefit of our events is that they give students the opportunity to destress through animal interaction. In addition to our fundraising efforts, we volunteer daily at the Kingston Humane Society to provide socialization and exercise that the animals need to remain healthy and fit for adoption.