NMU Kicks Off United Way Campaign

Northern has kicked off its 2004-05 workplace campaign to support the United Way of Marquette County. There are 39 local non-profit member agencies that rely on support from the United Way.

General "Community Impact" contributions are targeted for programs that address one or more of the following areas of need: domestic violence and addiction services; elderly citizens and adults with disabilities; health awareness; unemployment and underemployment; and youth programs.

“While I may be relatively new to Northern Michigan University, I am very familiar with the excellent work that local United Way campaigns do to provide a wide variety of services to our neighbors who need them the most,” President Les Wong wrote in a recent letter to the NMU community. “I never cease to be amazed by the amount of goodwill that just one individual or family contribution can accomplish.”

This year’s theme is “We’re Gonna Climb That Mountain.” The community goal is to raise $530,000, and NMU’s goal is set at $34,000. Payroll deduction is available.

“The level of our contributions and financial support is definitely important, especially in a year when our national, state, and local economies remain challenged to provide the most basic services to those who need them the most,” said Lenny Shible (Health Promotions), this year’s NMU workplace coordinator. "As each of us makes the personal decision about how we want to help, we have to remember how much power we have to make a difference in our community and in the life of one person just by doing 'what matters.'"

Pledge forms were distributed via campus mail and should be returned in the addressed envelope provided by Nov. 30. For more information, contact Shible at lshible@nmu.edu.



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