December 1 marks the kick off of the annual United Way fundraising campaign at Dartmouth. The fund drive will run until February 14, 2011, and has set a goal of $225,000.
The United Way has conducted a campaign at Dartmouth College since 1971, and has been steadily forging partnerships, including the recent Day of Caring, to bring about positive changes that matter to the community. Last year more than 23,000 people, or approximately one out of every three Upper Valley residents, were served by a United Way partner agency.
Members of the 2010 Dartmouth United Way Steering Committee. First row: Jeff Horrell, Diana Lawrence, Hilary Porter, Martin Grant Second row: Helen Damon-Moore, Mary-Ella Zietz, Harry Kinne, Jan Perry, Evelynn Ellis Third row: Cynthia Crutchfield, Steve Kadish, Nariah Broadus, Bob Ceplikas, Kaitlyn Sheehan, Leah Dillon (United Way), Dana Hansen (United Way) Not pictured: Kelly Mousley, Dan Nelson, Pat Palmiotto, Peter Travis
In a November 30 message to the campus community, President Jim Yong Kim noted, “Whatever we can do—as volunteers, donors, and good neighbors—to help someone who cannot afford to feed their family or buy a toy for their child for the holidays is something that will matter. It is our capacity to care for one another that really counts.”
A steering committee composed of 18 members representing the Dartmouth community and Granite United Way, the new regional organization which incorporates the former Upper Valley United Way, is directing this year’s fundraising efforts. Volunteer coordinators will be making United Way pledge forms available on campus in the coming days.
Follow the campaign’s progress and find out more about the people and programs it supports by visiting Dartmouth’s campaign website and Granite United Way.