Dartmouth United Way 2015
The Dartmouth United Way campaign kicked off this week with a goal of raising $295,000 in two months.
“We hope that the Dec. 15 closing date for the campaign will create a sense of urgency for our donors and make for an active and energetic campaign,” United Way Co-Chair Gail Gentes told coordinators and volunteers gathered at the launch breakfast in the president’s house.
Consider this: One in four households in the Upper Valley is identified as financially unstable.
We begin our 2015 Dartmouth Campaign for Granite United Way with the firm conviction that the Dartmouth community will not remain idle in the face of this critical need. Since the College campaign started in 1973, our community has contributed more than $6 million to support work to give our neighbors a hand up to a better life.
The people of Dartmouth give back in many ways, among them, volunteering, leadership of area agencies, financial support, and neighbors helping neighbors. Today we ask that you make the United Way a regular part of your contribution to our community.
Here’s why a gift to the Dartmouth United Way campaign—in any amount—can improve the lives of vulnerable Upper Valley residents:
The United Way focuses on the building blocks of a good life: successful kids, financially stable families, and healthy change. As we all work to create positive and lasting change in the Upper Valley, we hope you will join us by contributing to this year’s campaign.
Over the past 50 years, with the generous support of donors to the Dartmouth United Way Campaign, local volunteers in the Upper Valley have delivered more than $6 million in support to our community. As the 2015 campaign kicks off later this month, Dartmouth, together with Granite United Way, will continue to work for a stronger community with a special focus on addressing the needs of the low income wage earner. Dartmouth faculty and staff will receive this year’s United Way Campaign packet inviting them to make a donation.
Here are some of the ways a gift to the Dartmouth United Way Campaign—in any amount—can improve the lives of vulnerable Upper Valley residents:
Last year, Granite United Way helped more than 450 children gain access to quality childcare programs to prepare them for school while their parents maintain employment.
Granite United Way’s Working Bridges initiative partners with six local companies, reaching 10,000+ employees with on-site support to increase access to important services, decrease absenteeism, and increase employee retention.
United Way in the Upper Valley provided access to substance abuse prevention and treatment for more than 2,900 people.
Last year, United Way investments supported more than 800 people with crisis services and provided domestic violence prevention education to more than 4,000.
In this video, Geisel School of Medicine faculty member Dr. Joseph O'Donnell discusses how we can strengthen the social safety net in the United Way and how easy it is for faculty and staff to give to the Dartmouth United Way Campaign and help our neighbors in need.
The Tuck School's Creative Services Team, Tuck Assistant Dean Steve Lubrano, and Upper Valley cartoonist and publisher Matt Young, a former Granite United Way volunteer of the year, got together to illustrate just how much good you can do by donating to the United Way. What are you waiting for?
Dartmouth has been committed to the United Way in the Upper Valley for 40 years, through volunteer work, monetary contributions and organizational leadership. Geisel PhD student Marie Onakomaiya is just one example. She has volunteered at the Upper Valley Haven for several years, donates to the United Way, and has served on the Granite United Way Grants Review Committee.
"At Dartmouth, we believe in embracing the world's troubles and being our neighbor's keeper," Onakomaiya says.
Last Updated: 11/24/15