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UM United Way Donations Needed

Image courtesy of Ole Miss Communications
Image courtesy of Ole Miss Communications

As the University of Mississippi‘s 2015-16 United Way campaign nears its end, coordinators are urging employees to substantially increase the size of their donations.

So far, $25,000 of this year’s $150,000 goal has been realized. While the campaign is ongoing, year-end gifts will be accepted and welcomed.

“The sooner each of us makes a pledge, the quicker we will reach the goal for this year,” said Lucile McCook, co-chair of the UM campaign committee. “But if you want to keep giving at the same level, don’t do anything. Our Human Resources team will roll over your gift to 2016 without missing a beat.”

Gifts pledged before Dec. 31 are tax-deductible for 2015. All UM employees should have received a pledge card in their mailboxes, but if a new one is needed, contact McCook at bymccook@olemiss.edu or Thelma Curry, co-chair, at tcurry@olemiss.edu.

UM continues to be a valued partner of the United Way of Oxford-Lafayette County. Though campus donations may be slower coming in previous years, officials do expect the university to reach and possibly exceed its goal.

“Ever since United Way Oxford-Lafayette County was founded 45 years ago, University of Mississippi leadership, faculty, staff and students have donated generously, inspiring others throughout L-O-U to do the same,” said Alice Ricks, UWOLC executive director. “The university is one of our strongest partners. We would love to grow the number of younger donors, and if you’re new to L-O-U and would like to learn more, please reach out. We’d love to chat.”

When a university employee donates to United Way, his or her dollars may help a child meet grade-level literacy expectations, help a family keep a roof over its head or provide meals to homebound seniors. Afterschool and summer programs reach more kids. Healthy food is made more accessible. Low-income adults receive help filing their taxes.

“The list goes on and on,” Ricks said. “Now in its 45th year, United Way facilitated our community’s efforts to improve lives and meet community needs by funding dozens of local programs, leading two issue-driven coalitions and assisting those in need, all with the goal of promoting good health, quality education and financial stability for those who live in L-O-U.”

The UM campaign committee remains committed to topping last year’s total of $146,000.

“It is not too late to give,” McCook said. “End the year on a positive note. Please help United Way advance the common good for all who live in L-O-U.”

For a detailed description of UWOLC’s 2015-2016 funded partners, visit http://www.unitedwayoxfordms.org.

Courtesy of Edwin Smith and the Ole Miss News Desk

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