Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, October 25, 2010

University seeks to raise $1.1 million in United Way campaign

Today marks the beginning of the 2010 U-M Charitable Giving Campaign. This year’s campaign co-chairs — Paul Courant, university librarian and dean of libraries, and Douglas Strong, CEO of the U-M Hospitals and Health Centers — have set a campaign goal of $1.1 million.

  Click on the image to view a video about the United Way and the 2010 U-M Charitable Giving Campaign.

In these difficult economic times, which are taking their greatest toll on the most vulnerable in area communities, people are turning in unprecedented numbers to United Way agencies and emergency services for help in meeting their own and their families’ basic needs, campaign officials say.

These agencies and services provide shelter to the homeless, food for the hungry, and clothing and health care to those in need. They also all share a common goal: to restore and support those in need, and to instill hope and possibility in the face of loss and uncertainty, United Way officials say.

In years past, U-M employee contributions have made up about one-fifth of the United Way of Washtenaw’s County’s annual funding. Every donation counts, and if every employee donates, U-M can do even more to help to secure the safety net that United Way agencies provide, thereby enhancing the health and welfare of the entire community, officials say.

Every employee who donates to the campaign is eligible for a campuswide prize drawing. Prizes include tickets to U-M basketball games and University Musical Society events.

Employees who donate $1,000 or more become members of the United Way Leadership Givers Association, and will be invited to join President Mary Sue Coleman and other Leadership Givers at an appreciation reception at the U-M Museum of Art in January.

Employees can donate via the secure, Web-based United Way ePledge system, which is available in Wolverine Access. Look for the U-M-United Way Charitable Giving Campaign link under Announcements. Faculty and staff already should have received e-mail information about the ePledge system, and also will receive traditional pledge cards through campus mail.

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