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Annual United Way campaign poised to begin

Sept. 19, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University will set its annual United Way campaign into motion with a special agency fair and kickoff rally from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, in the Bernhard Center Ballroom.

The entire University community is invited to "Come out to the Fair." The event will feature opening remarks by President John M. Dunn and an opportunity to learn more about Greater Kalamazoo United Way's partner agencies. More than a dozen local organizations will have representatives on hand to answer questions about how United Way contributions are used to create positive change in local communities. Popcorn, deli sandwiches, cookies and refreshments will be served.

Participating agencies

  • American Red Cross
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kalamazoo
  • Community Advocates (for persons with developmental disabilities)
  • Constance Brown Hearing Centers
  • Family and Children Services
  • Goodwill Industries
  • Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan
  • Housing Resources
  • Michigan Association for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • MRC Industries
  • Residential Opportunities
  • The Arc Michigan
  • Volunteer Center of Greater Kalamazoo

This year's campus United Way campaign officially runs Oct. 1-31. The University goal of $225,000 will contribute to the Greater Kalamazoo United Way's $10.9 million overall target. WMU faculty, staff and retirees already have contributed nearly $20,000 in pre-kickoff gifts and pledges.

Visit Greater Kalamazoo United Way online to learn more.

Media contact: Tonya Hernandez, (269) 387-8400, tonya.hernandez@wmich.edu

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