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According to the Upper Valley United Way (UVUW), Dartmouth's annual fundraiser for the health and human services non-profit organization has surpassed its goal of $250,000, bringing in a total of $254,919 as of Jan. 26. The final figure will not be available until Feb.14 when the campaign organizers plan to announce Dartmouth's overall contribution to the campaign. The Dartmouth Campaign, which began in October 2005, was one of many Upper Valley organizations and businesses to contribute to the UVUW's overall goal of $1.2 million.
The 2006 participation rate for faculty and staff was 19%, which is typical of previous campaigns, but the overall dollars raised represented an 8% improvement over last year's campaign and is the largest Dartmouth United Way campaign ever. Susan Wright, Honorary Chair of the Dartmouth campaign and a member of the Upper Valley United Way Board of Directors, said, "The Dartmouth community has a long tradition of stepping up to serve and to assist. Faculty and staff have generously given to the Campaign for the Upper Valley United Way, ensuring that this tradition will continue."
Dana Hanson, Campaign Director for the UVUW echoed Wright, saying, "On behalf of the Upper Valley United Way, and the community we serve, the money donated to the Dartmouth Campaign demonstrates a huge commitment to the community on the part of the faculty and staff. It's a real investment in the health and well-being of the Upper Valley."
UVUW provides a variety of health and human services to people in the region, including food and clothing programs, home repair assistance, child care support, mental health services, and job training. More than 25 local agencies partner with the United Way to provide services to thousands of people in more than 35 communities in the Upper Valley. Bill Hochstin, Dartmouth United Way Campaign Chair and the Director of Materials Management in the Procurement Office, said, "The campaign is very important this year because of the rise in the cost of fuel, transportation, heating and medicine. The number of people struggling has increased, and the number of people seeking services at United Way agencies has increased, and it's very rewarding to see our community support our campaign and help meet those needs."
According to Hanson, the annual Dartmouth United Way campaign has grown rapidly under Hochstin's leadership. Since 1973, Dartmouth has raised over $4 million for the UVUW and more than $1.5 million of that was raised since Hochstin took over as campaign chair in 1999.
Hanson added that thanks to the 799 individual donors who took part in the Dartmouth campaign, the UVUW is on its way to raising a record amount in this year's campaign. Of the $254,919 Dartmouth has raised to date, said Hanson, $195,174 came from Dartmouth faculty and staff, $58,075 was donated by emeriti and $1,076 came from students. She noted that more student-organized fundraisers are slated for the coming months.
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