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United Way Campaign

RESOURCES ARE SCARCE. Government funding for health and human services is declining, even as the needs continue to grow in this tough economy.

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TO:                Members of the University Community

FROM:          Mark A. Nordenberg

DATE:            October 1, 2013

SUBJECT:     Pitt-United Way Campaign

I am writing to ask you to join me in supporting the 2013 Pitt-United Way Campaign. This annual campaign provides each of us with the special opportunity to make an investment in our community, to give hope to our fellow citizens, and to enhance the overall quality of life for all of us. 

For three consecutive years, the generosity of the Pitt community has helped us to break our United Way giving records. Last year, the Pitt-United Way campaign raised more than $626,000 – our most successful campaign to date. However, the real success is in how the United Way used those dollars. When combined with the donations of other members of our community, the United Way and its partner agencies were able to fund a number of important initiatives that had a significant impact on our community, including:

  • PA 2-1-1 Southwest – a free human services hotline that has helped more than 31,500 of our neighbors in 11 counties connect with organizations that can help them secure housing and shelter, utility assistance, food or household goods, or individual and family services.
  • Foreclosure Prevention – an innovative program that works with those who are at risk of losing their homes to foreclosure, providing them with budget counseling, foreclosure prevention counseling and access to emergency mortgage assistance programs
  • Be There – A campaign designed to involve the entire community in the education of the children of our region by emphasizing the importance of education and school attendance, as well as other programs that help children and at-risk youth succeed in school, such as Be A Middle School Mentor.

The United Way offers all of us the opportunity to be a hero to a neighbor in need.  We hope that is another record breaking year in terms of dollars raised and the commitment of our entire Pitt community. If each person who makes a donation convinces a colleague to make a gift this year, we would not only meet our campaign goal, but significantly impact the lives of those most vulnerable members of our community.

Please join me and your University colleagues in supporting the good work done by the United Way.  On behalf of the University and everyone who will benefit from the United Way’s programs, thank you for your kindness and generosity.

your dollars at work

$1 a week

  • With your support, healthy meals are delivered to a senior's home.
  • Thanks to you, one struggling family gets emergency food assistance for six months.
  • You’re helping a child in an at-risk community with curriculum-based after-school programs,
    community enrichment and academic support for most of the school year.
  • You're helping a neighbor on the road to employment with a full month of support, counseling, trainig and transportation.

$5 a week

  • With your help, a low-income parent can further her education.
  • Thanks to your support of home safety checks and hot meals, two more seniors can live
  • You're helping people with chronic illness get instruction to help them better manage their illness.
  • Thanks to you, three at-risk children and their parents are learning the value of education, through supports, training and kindergarten registration efforts over six months.

$10 a week

  • Thanks to your support, four newly vulnerable families have access to child care, food, and shelter.
  • Thanks to you, an at-risk girlis introduced to the skills needed for science, math or engineering careers.
  • Two hard-to-employ adults have safe, affordable housing for six months while gaining specific skills and job training.