Picture this. A messy, cluttered desk filled with papers. Under that pile – all the way at the bottom – is a pledge form.

It’s your job to locate that form, because West Virginia University faculty and staff members have less than two weeks to fill it out, turn it in and support the University’s United Way campaign.

With less than two weeks remaining in the campaign, WVU has already raised $219,913. That’s 72 percent of the University’s goal of $305,000. In the last week-and-a-half, WVU is making a final push to meet its goal.

“When our community is in need, West Virginia University has always stepped up and answered the call,” said University Provost Michele Wheatly, 2011 Campaign Chair. “I believe in our campus and am confident we will surpass our goal, but we need each and every one of us to make it happen.”

Students, faculty and staff still have an opportunity to contribute to the campaign in other ways, as well.

The Mountaineers Run United run/walk takes place Saturday (Oct. 29), and today (Thursday) is the final day to pre-registration for $20. On-site registration the morning prior to the race will take place from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Law School parking lot. The cost is $30 for any participant. For information on registering: http://mountaineerweek.wvu.edu/united_way_race.

The students have raised more than $21,000 for the campaign after selling more than 5,400 Gold Rush t-shirts prior to the WVU football game vs. LSU in September.

To learn more about how the students have been involved in this year’s United Way campaign, check out this student-produced video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTDdJ6Qhh0g&feature=youtu.be. See how some WVU students are contributing to the United Way through community service in this student-produced video, as well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hss_gn3xH9A&feature=related.

All contributions for WVU’s United Way campaign stay local, as the money is donated to 31 different organizations in Monongalia and Preston Counties that assist people with healthcare, childcare, youth mentoring, senior programs, mental health programs, disaster response initiatives and healthy lifestyle initiatives, among others. These agencies, however, do not have the resources for large fundraising campaigns and rely on WVU’s United Way campaign each year for additional funding.

Employees interested in making a contribution should complete the pledge form and return them to their unit team captain or call 304-293-8761. For more information or to download an additional pledge form, log onto http://unitedway.wvu.edu/.



CONTACT: Brett White, Center for Civic Engagement
304-293-8761 ext. 33481, Brett.White@mail.wvu.edu

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