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IU’s United Way campaign has kicked off with a new website and goal of raising $800,000

Oct. 19, 2016

IU’s annual United Way campaign raises funds to support people in Bloomington and surrounding counties, and it kicked off in September. Pledge cards and campaign brochures about the effort are now being distributed to employees. 

Kirk White

Kirk White, United Way campaign manager and assistant vice president for strategic partnerships, speaks at the Bloomington United Way kickoff luncheon in September. | PHOTO COURTESY OF KIRK WHITE

The campus campaign is a two-month annual effort supported by IU leadership as the most effective way for our students, faculty and staff to provide financial and coordinate volunteer support to improve people’s lives and build stronger Monroe, Owen, and Greene county communities,” said Kirk White, United Way campaign manager and assistant vice president for strategic partnerships.

Last year, the donations from IU provided 4,000 books to kindergarteners and preschoolers and provided 1,328,750 meals to those at risk for hunger, as well as helped 512 people get help with budgeting and money management. 

This year, the IU Bloomington goal is to raise $800,000 to continue supporting the community. 

“United Way ensures that people in crisis can get the help they need right away and address the underlying issues they face and get the education and financial stability that will help them from needing safety-net services in the future,” White said. “Our impact is remarkable; contributions from the IU family fund over half of the annual community campaign.”

A completely redesigned campaign website, provides information about how to give, how to start a workplace campaign and how your contribution benefits the community.

“From the website, you may contribute online or download a new pledge card and take advantage of the payroll deduction option,” White said. “The website also has a link to a variety of resources for campaign leaders, team captains and unit leaders.”

There are 29 team captains on campus who will work with over 200 unit leaders to deliver cards and campaign brochures to every employee.  

“The campaign is built with the hope that each of the unit leaders will connect with their co-workers to support the campaign, including reminders that pledges are due by December,” White said.

Campus campaign co-chairs David Johnson, vice provost for enrollment management, and Debbie Lemon, secretary of the IU Board of Trustees, also chair biweekly campaign cabinet meetings to discuss the latest progress and success stories, White said. Anyone is welcome to attend. 

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