University Community Supports United Way

Monday, December 3, 2007

Each holiday season for the past decade, Saint Joseph's has led a comprehensive campaign to raise money for the annual United Way appeal. Last year the University raised over $35,000. This year's campaign co-chairs Jeanne Brady, Ph.D., professor of education, and Louis Mayer '79, vice president for financial affairs, optimistically challenge the SJU community to exceed that impressive amount, as well as continue to broaden the level of participation.

Confident that those associated with SJU will recognize their calling as "men and women for others," Brady and Mayer also encourage more than financial contributions this year. In recognizing our community's greatest needs, the campaign encourages participants to volunteer specifically with early childhood education and violence prevention programs.

The important thing to remember is that no amount of aid is too small. Whether it's only possible to donate $1 or give an hour of free time, each small contribution does make a difference, they emphasized.

"Through my volunteer work as a board member at Project H.O.M.E. and the First Hospital Foundation, I am intimately familiar with the overwhelming level of need that exists in our community and how so many non-profit organizations and the individuals they serve rely upon the good work of United Way to provide much-needed support and assistance," said Mayer.

A wine and cheese reception was held last week in Regis Hall to kick off the campaign, and a panel discussion and lunch will be held in the Presidents' Lounge on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 11:30 a.m. Presenters include Felecia Singh '07; Associate Professor of Psychology Elizabeth Jaeger, Ph.D., and current doctoral student Cynthia Biggs, who will share their experiences with the United Way.

Members of the SJU community may make outright donations or participate in the payroll deduction pledge drive, which begins Jan. 1, 2008. Pledge forms are due to the Office of Human Resources no later than Dec. 17, 2007.

--Sarah Whelehon '07 (M.A.)

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