With a little more than a week left, West Virginia University needs your help for its United Way campaign.

Through six weeks, the University community has raised $223,004 – about 67 percent of its goal of $330,000. The campaign wraps up on Nov. 9.

“Lets get behind the campaign chair Dana Holgorsen, and show this community we have the spirit it takes to succeed,” said Kristi Wood-Turner, director of WVU’s Center for Civic Engagement.

There are still ways that everyone on campus can give to the campaign to allow the University to reach its goal.

Students, staff and the community can purchase a Gold Rush t-shirt for the WVU football team’s game vs. Oklahoma on Nov. 17. For the first time, short sleeve and long sleeve t-shirts are available. Short-sleeve shirts are $10, long-sleeve shirts are $15. They will be available up until the day of the game at various locations across campus and Morgantown.

More than 1,300 shirts have been sold so far. For information on purchasing locations of the-shirts, check out: http://unitedway.wvu.edu/goldrush.

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/.

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.

Last year, WVU raised a record $335,100 for the campaign. For four straight years, the University’s United Way campaign has been recognized as the “Best of the Best” by the United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties. The honor is given to the campaign that truly lives the United Way’s message, which is to “give, advocate, volunteer and live united.”



CONTACT: Kristi Wood-Turner, Center for Civic Engagement
304-293-8343, Kristi.Wood@mail.wvu.edu

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