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Campus United Way seeks volunteer leaders

June 5, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Planning is well underway for Western Michigan University's 2006 campaign for the United Way and volunteers are needed to serve as department fund-raisers.

The WMU campaign, which runs about six weeks, will not begin until late September, but there are some valuable training and planning sessions during the summer months, according to Lynn Kelly-Albertson, campaign co-chair and WMU executive director of professional and career development.

"The summer opportunities can be very helpful," says Kelly-Albertson, "That's why we are asking those WMU faculty and staff members who are interested to sign up now."

Total time commitment for department fund-raisers is about eight hours, depending largely on the number of employees in the area. Those who volunteer will be invited to attend training sessions and a special July 20 bus tour of three United Way agencies. Beginning and ending at the Bernhard Center, the tour includes visits to new facilities for Goodwill Industries and for Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kalamazoo and a complimentary lunch at the Kalamazoo YWCA.

"This is a great opportunity to meet people from across campus, learn about the community resources available to all of us through the Greater Kalamazoo United Way and contribute to an important campus-community effort," says Kelly-Albertson.

To volunteer, respond by June 16 to lynn.kelly-albertson@wmich.edu with your name, contact information and the exact name of the department or office you will represent.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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