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Two ways to pledge to United Way

The annual U-M-United Way campaign kicks off this week with pledge cards delivered to every employee and a new self-serve option available to sign up for payroll deduction through Wolverine Access.

The goal of the fall campaign is to gather more than $1 million in pledges to assist health and human service agencies in the Washtenaw County area.

Campaign co-chairs Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs Dr. Robert Kelch and Vice President and General Counsel Marvin Krislov encourage employees throughout the University to get involved and make a difference for their friends, neighbors and loved ones.

"The United Way campaign is great way to give once—and help many," Krislov says. "While donors can pledge their contribution to any 501(c)(3) organization they choose, giving to the United Way is the means to help dozens of agencies meet the prioritized needs of our area."

For the first time, employees this year will be able to securely arrange for payroll deduction online via Wolverine Access. Staff members can log in, and under "Employee Business" select "Payroll deduction" and be on their way toward making a contribution.

"The needs in our area remain acute," Kelch says. "Information recently released in the mid-decade census confirmed that one out of every five children is in a household living below the poverty line. That reality, combined with the known conditions here in Michigan, places a great deal of pressure on the safety net of services provided by the agencies supported in the campaign. I'm confident our employees are prepared to support those addressing those needs," Kelch says.

The campaign will run through Thanksgiving. For more information go to Questions may be directed to or call 763-3109.

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