United Way 2010 - Shared Passion: Giving Where We Work and LivePosted Sept. 20, 2010
All year long, community members count on the vital services the United Way supports, giving them a reason to look with hope to the future. The generosity of our community ensures that individuals and families get the support they need to live dignified and healthy lives.
Just as we all focus on results in our work, United Way of Portage County focuses on achieving measurable, long-lasting results through vital, locally-operated programs. The local United Way supports a number of programs, including crisis relief efforts and programs for children and youth, senior citizens and families. In addition, the United Way supports 211 Portage, an information and referral service that provides direct access to more than 800 community services in Portage County.
Kent State University's annual United Way Campaign comprises a substantial portion of the operating funds of the United Way of Portage County. Our support is critical to the long-term and local success of our local United Way.
This year, our goal is $160,000. Our campaign makes it simple for you to give, whether through a direct contribution or through payroll deduction. The campaign kicked off last week, and continues through Nov. 1.
As the largest employer in Portage County, we are able to offer a wide range of opportunities to participate in the campaign. This year, the university community can look forward to many creative fundraising opportunities in some returning favorites like the online auction, and in some special new opportunities that will be announced.
A few dollars donated to United Way can mean a person or family in need receives services worth far more than the face value of the cash. For example, $1 provides a free winter coat and a free bag of clothing from the County Clothing Center. A donation of $2 will provide a hot, full-course meal to a hungry child or adult. And, $50 will purchase groceries to feed a family of four for an entire week.
These are only a few examples of how much a little can do! Each and every seemingly small amount can make a big difference in the lives of a person or family in need. A pledge of $2 per month per employee or $50 for 2011 will bring us to our 2011 goal.
To learn more or to print a pledge form, visit www.kent.edu/unitedway . If you have questions about this year's campaign, please contact Terri Christensen at 330-672-8613.
Again, our thanks.
Timothy Moerland, Dean, Arts and Sciences
Doug Steidl, Dean, College of Architecture and Environmental Design