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WMU gears up for United Way campaign

Sept. 8, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University has set a goal of $240,000 for this year's monthlong campus United Way campaign, which will kick off Thursday, Oct. 1.

Campaign organizers hope to shatter last year's giving record and increase WMU's community impact--a feat that will take campuswide participation and generous investments of money, time and talent. President John M. Dunn, chair of this year's Greater Kalamazoo United Way campaign, is confident that the people of WMU will rise to meet the challenge.

"This great University is made up of passionate, dedicated people who know how to build and nurture a vibrant community from the inside out," Dunn says. "I know without a doubt that we will continue to take care of our community's most valuable resource--its people."

All campus contributions go to the Greater Kalamazoo United Way, and for every dollar given, 86 cents will support programs that improve the quality of life in Kalamazoo County.

  • $1 a week provides 12 hours of home assistance from the WMU Center for Disability Services.
  • $2 a week provides homework assistance to a young person at the Boys and Girls Club.
  • $3 a week pays for child care so a single mother staying at the YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter can look for housing and employment.
  • $5 a week pays for vehicle repairs through Goodwill Industries or one month's rent through Housing Resources.
  • $10 a week prevents an eviction or utility shut-off for four families through the Portage Community Center.

Visit kalamazoounitedway.org to read local stories of transformation told by those who've been touched by United Way and its member agencies.

WMU's United Way Advisory Board will begin distributing pledge cards to all faculty, staff and retirees Oct. 1. Gifts can be made as one-time donations by cash, check or credit card, or as pledges, payable by payroll deduction, credit card or direct billing from United Way.

Supervisors and department chairs are encouraged to schedule a United Way meeting in their area as soon as possible. Representatives are available to talk briefly about United Way, distribute pledge cards and answer questions about contributions. Materials also are available for those who prefer to lead their own meeting.

For questions or to schedule a United Way meeting, contact wmu-united-way@wmich.edu.

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