United Way Campaign Begins

NMU has kicked off its 2006-07 workplace campaign to support the United Way of Marquette County. The goal is to raise $35,000 from university employees and retirees. The money will be distributed among more than 30 non-profit member agencies that rely on financial support from the local United Way.

NMU employees can opt for payroll deduction to spread out their contributions over a period of time. Individuals can also choose how to invest their dollars in Marquette County. Selecting "Community Impact" will target programs that address all five impact areas: basic needs, such as emergency food, clothing and shelter; youth programs; domestic violence and addiction services; health; and elderly citizens and adults with disabilities. Another option is to selectively invest in one or more of the impact areas.

NMU President Les Wong, Kathy Maki (Graduate Studies, Research and Continuing Education) and John Smolens (English) are co-coordinators of the campus campaign.

"The United Way supports many local agencies that provide services to our neighbors and friends in the community particularly children, families and the elderly," wrote Smolens in a letter sent campus-wide. "I hope that every NMU employee and retiree will help by making a contribution to this year's fund. Last year, NMU met its goal of $35,000 in a year that saw a great deal of money sent to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina. This year our goal is again $35,000 and I encourage you to support this campaign because your donations will assist a variety of important programs. ... We can make a difference by doing 'what matters.'"

Pledge forms were recently distributed via campus mail and should be returned in the addressed envelope provided by Friday, Dec. 1. For more information, contact Smolens at jsmolens@nmu.edu.


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