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Campuswide event kicks off WMU United Way drive

Sept. 28, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University officially kicks off its 2006 United Way campaign with prizes, treats and special guests at the WMU United Way Fair in the Bernhard Center Ballroom from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3.

Representatives from more than 20 local United Way agencies are expected to be at the fair to answer questions from students, faculty and staff. The public is welcome at the event, which also includes door prizes and free ice cream novelties.

"This is also a great opportunity for students and others to talk with agency representatives about volunteer opportunities," says Lynn Kelly-Albertson, executive director of Career and Student Employee Services, who is chairing the 2006 WMU effort. "We hope everyone on campus will stop by the fair to learn more about the great work being done in our communities by United Way agencies."

The goal for the WMU United Way campaign is $215,000, according to Kelly-Albertson. This year's overall goal for the Greater Kalamazoo United Way is $10.75 million.

Agencies sending representatives include the American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boy Scouts of America, Constance Brown Hearing Centers, CARES, Community Advocates, Community Health Centers, Disability Resource Center, Family and Children's Services, Gryphon Place, Hospice Care, Housing Resources Inc., Ministry with Community, Salvation Army, WMU Center for Disability Services and YWCA, among others.

Sharon Van Dyken, academic advisor in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, is vice chair of the WMU effort for the United Way. Questions can be sent to Lynn Kelly-Albertson at lynn.kelly-albertson@wmich.edu or to Sharon Van Dyken at sharon.vandyken@wmich.edu.

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

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