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United Way campaign begins; U-M goal $850K

The annual United Way campaign is in full swing, and organizers hope this year's event, which is themed, "Results Matter," will help local agencies as well as victims of Hurricane Katrina.

In the aftermath of Katrina, the United Way needs more support than ever, officials say. Local agencies, funded in part by the United Way, have felt the additional strain on funding to help evacuees who have relocated to the Washtenaw County Area.

Last week, U-M hosted a rally at the Michigan League to distribute information and thank volunteers of the campaign, which runs through Nov. 1. The University has set a goal of $850,000 for this year.

"On behalf of the University of Michigan, we encourage you to participate in the 2005 Washtenaw United Way Campaign," co chairs Dr. Robert P. Kelch, executive vice president for medical affairs and U-M Health System CEO, and Marvin Krislov, vice president and general counsel, wrote in a letter to the campus community. "By pledging at this time, you can not only contribute mightily to the many human service needs of our area, but you can direct additional resources to assist Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in the south, as well as evacuees in our area."

If employees choose to designate part of their United Way contribution or an additional amount to Katrina relief efforts, they can write "Katrina Relief" and/or code number 360891 in the designated agencies section of the pledge form, along with the amount. Every dollar given to the Katrina fund will go directly toward relief efforts.

Employees who donated to the United Way in 2004 will receive a hard copy of the pledge form in a packet along with agency information. Some employees will receive an e-mail message from the co-chairs that contains instructions to download and fill out the form. Pledge forms should be mailed to the United Way Campaign Office, 6080 Fleming Administration Building, 1340.

"Every day, agencies throughout our region carry out critical services that impact the lives of thousands of citizens in our midst. These organizations depend on the generosity of all of us to improve and enrich the quality of life for many in our community," the memo from Kelch and Krislov says. "Pledging your support directly to the Washtenaw United Way ensures continued funding for the agencies that address the full array of identified needs."

This year's campaign will include incentives to motivate donors. U-M will hold drawings and award prizes to individuals and departments that demonstrate exceptional effort. Department level participation, per capita giving and growth in leadership ($1,000 level) giving will be tabulated and recognized with awards.

Within the winning departments, a drawing will be held among donors for an Athletic Department football ticket/press box package. In addition, there will be weekly drawings for all individuals who have submitted a pledge up to the date of the drawing.

Additional information on the United Way campaign can be found at: http://www.uway.umich.edu.

For questions, send e-mail to: uwquestions@umich.edu.

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