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WMU kicks off its United Way campaign

Oct. 1, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University's 2003 United Way campaign officially kicks off today with a goal of $238,000.

This year's goal is slightly higher than the $235,000 target of one year ago, according to Linda L. Jones, assistant to the president, who is leading this year's campuswide effort. Approximately 120 volunteers are working as team leaders in offices and departments across campus. Employees may make a gift to the campaign by check or through payroll deduction. They may also make a pledge and asked to be billed later. Gifts may be designate to a one or more charitable organizations of the donor's choice by completing a form enclosed with the United Way pledge cards, which are being distributed to all faculty and staff.

"Last year, current employees contributed 89 percent of the total raised," says Jones, "and our emeriti and retirees contributed 11 percent. Obviously, our retirees play an important role in reaching the University's goal."

The campus campaign, which supports the Greater Kalamazoo Area United Way, will continue through Nov. 7. "Our United Way campaign stands as the lone Universitywide charity drive and provides a marvelous way for us to show our support for our community," says Jones.

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

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