What is charity?

The Orientation Week Charity team provides the Western community with many opportunities to get involved with organizations both within and outside the City of London. Charity Sophs provide a sense of school spirit and community involvement to Orientation Week in a unique way. They facilitate fun, interactive programming during OWeek such as the One Stop Charity Shop, the Charity BBQ, and many more new initiatives coming in the Fall 2022.  

OWeek Soph

Charity Sophs

Charity Sophs are responsible for planning, executing, and promoting philanthropic events for incoming students and Sophs. Their goal is to connect students with volunteer opportunities at local organizations in and out of the London community. Charity Sophs are paired with each constituency (Residence, Faculty, Affiliate College, OC) rather than incoming students. They are a great resource for students looking to get more involved and participate in more community volunteering. Becoming a Charity Soph is not only a great way to give back to the Western and London community, but it also is a great opportunity to meet new people and increase the success of Orientation Week.


The One Stop Charity Shop is a helpful resource for assisting first year students on top of UC Hill. Inside this One Stop Shop, there are many opportunities for students to take a break from regular OWeek programming and come in to meet some Charity Sophs, grab some snacks or pizza, and play some interactive games. The Charity Team hosts the One Stop, where first years and sophs have a fun-filled tent to take a break and eat or play mini games. 

This year, there will be a variety of free snacks and food at all times, as well as brand new passive programming. The Charity Team is committed to providing a unique and welcoming experience in the One Stop Shop where all students feel free to come in and make use of this great resource.

The Orientation Charity Team hosts the Charity BBQ for all incoming first year students, Ivey HBA1, and incoming international students. This BBQ lunch provides a great opportunity for students entering university to bond and familiarize themselves a bit more with the campus and Charity Team. 

One of the Charity Team’s most important tasks is increasing and maintaining soph engagement during the summer. It is essential for soph teams to bond during the summer months before OWeek. This is why the Charity Team plans and executes bonding initiatives like All-Sophs competitions and All-Sophs fundraising events. 

For OWeek 22’, the Orientation Charity Team plans on offering multiple brand new events and competitions in which All Soph teams can participate and form strong connections.

OWeek Lunch
OWeek Soph

First Year Engagement


OServes is a cornerstone event during Orientation Week that provides an experiential learning opportunity to Western’s incoming first-year students, connecting them with local non-profit organizations through a half-day of volunteering. Through participation in OServes, students will gain valuable leadership experience, support the incredible non-profit work happening across the London Area, and meet new people. In addition, they will learn about critical issues affecting our local and global community through their hands-on work and contributing to solutions. Topics include equity and diversity, health and well-being, climate change, poverty, and more.