The University Record, November 6, 1995

United Way campaign tops $1 million mark

By Rebecca A. Doyle

Still counting pledges and pennies, the Office of Financial Analysis has announced that the University's United Way Campaign, which officially ended Oct. 26, has successfully reached its $1 million goal.

"The University has once again been successful in mobilizing and motivating thousands of employees to contribute their time, energy and money toward meeting the ever-pressing health and human service needs of our area," notes Jim Kosteva, director of community relations. "For those efforts and financial gifts, I offer a heartfelt thanks."

Final numbers for pledges and donations won't be available for some time, since late arrivals of pledge cards may continue for the next few days. But Kosteva says that's fine.

"Pledge cards that got buried on your desk will still be accepted for a few more days. This is one time where we'll accept any excuse for being late!"

The University's campaign for United Way contributes a large portion of the dollars to help support 60 agencies that receive both designated and non-designated funds, 54 agencies that receive designated funds and the 17 agencies that make up the Combined Health Appeal of Michigan. United Way funds provide operating dollars for Washtenaw County agencies that in turn provide emergency food and shelter, training programs, health care, activities for youth and programs for all ages.

"The care and commitment of the employees of this University toward those with critical needs has been exceeded again," Kosteva says. "This is a University community that cares deeply about its collective responsibility to assist those neighbors less fortunate than ourselves. It is a knowledgeable and compassionate group of employees, many of whom carry the spirit of giving and caring throughout the year, by not only their financial donation but by their deeds and service to many of these same agencies as volunteers."