The University Record, September 23, 1998

United Way kicks off today

By Rebecca A. Doyle

The University's annual United Way Campaign begins today (Sept. 23) with the traditional kick-off luncheon in the Michigan League Ballroom. More than 400 U-M volunteers will contact University faculty and staff this year asking for donations to support the community effort.

Regent Rebecca McGowan will chair the University's fund-raising efforts this year toward a goal of $950,000. The campaign runs through October.

"Giving to the United Way is an extremely effective way to address the needs of others in our community," she says. "Administrative changes made within the last year-and-a-half make this more true than ever before. I'm looking forward to working with the more than 400 University volunteers."

Those changes include reductions in budget, board membership, staffing and overhead costs last year that enabled Washtenaw United Way to increase allocations to Community Fund agencies by 21 percent, an additional $530,849.

A renewed emphasis on local agencies will point services "back to our roots," note Washtenaw United Way officials. The countywide campaign will focus on increasing the Community Fund segment of the total campaign, which benefits local health and human service agencies.

Members of the University community who have questions about the campaign can send e-mail to


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