Dartmouth United Way Responds to a Growing Need
More than 1,200 households came to the Upper Valley Haven food shelf for help in October, and that number will likely approach 1,275 for November, said Haven Executive Director Sara Kobylenski during a recent United Way gathering at the Tuck School of Business.
As the needs of Upper Valley families increase heading into the holiday season, the Dartmouth Granite United Way campaign is pushing to raise the last third of its goal of $300,000. This year's campaign got off to a quick start in October with more than 100 first-time pledges in a month, says Gail Gentes, director of action-based learning at Dartmouth and campaign co-chair, but the rate of fundraising slowed at the $190,000 mark. Read more...
The holiday season is a time for both joining with our family, friends, and co-workers to reflect on what we're thankful for, and also taking action to help others who may not be as fortunate. As we begin to celebrate the season, it is important to remember that outside the walls of Dartmouth there are members of our community struggling to get by on a daily basis. They're our neighbors and they need our support.
In this video, Geisel School of Medicine faculty member Dr. Joseph O'Donnell discusses how we can strengthen the social safety net in the Upper Valley 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?
The Dartmouth Granite United Way campaign has put together an exciting grab bag of raffle prizes for a weekly drawing starting Friday, November 8. Gift certificates for the Canoe Club and PINE restaurants, Basketball and hockey tickets, and passes to the Dartmouth Skiway are just a sampling of what you could win.
Here's how it works:
All donors—including those who have already made their donations—will automatically be entered in the raffle. Each Friday for the next several weeks we will draw a donor's name, and the weekly winner will be able to select from one of several prizes.
For the first drawing, these prizes will include:
At the end of the Dartmouth Granite United Way Campaign, we'll put all donors in the hat for the drawing of three Grand Prizes, including:
Great prizes, multiple opportunities to win; what's not to like? The sooner you make your donation, the better your chances!
Right now, if you make a pledge by the end of the day on Friday, November 1, you can double your impact on the critical Granite United Way programs that are improving lives in the Upper Valley.
A group of anonymous donors, including current employees of Dartmouth, have stepped forward to announce a $66,000 United Way Matching Grant Challenge, so that all gifts made to the campaign through November 1 will be matched 100 percent up to a total of $66,000. This is an exciting opportunity for staff and faculty to increase the impact of their donations and to help us reach--or even surpass--our campaign goal of $300,000.
Please complete your pledge form today, sharing whatever you can with our neighbors in need. Together we can continue to make a difference.
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.
Today, we are thrilled to launch the fortieth Dartmouth Campaign for Granite United Way. Our effort consistently ranks as the largest employee campaign in the Upper Valley, and last year's contribution of over $275,000 amounted to more than a quarter of all United Way funds raised in the region.
All of us are committed to continuing Dartmouth's leadership role, with this year's goal of raising $300,000. To do this we need your help.
Your gift—in any amount—is combined with those of your friends and colleagues to maximize its impact in the Upper Valley. Take a look at how our United Way contributions help the local community:
• 8,605 individuals were helped through the Community Services Program at the Upper Valley Haven and received food, clothing, and case management.
• 2,258 people received suicide prevention assistance and information through the Headrest—24 Hour Hotline.
• 2,327 low income households were helped with rent, and eviction and foreclosure intervention through the Emergency Fuel and Housing Assistance Program at Southeastern Vermont Community Action.
Since the campaign started forty years ago, Dartmouth has contributed close to $6 million to improve the wellbeing of our communities. Please join us in the Dartmouth Campaign for Granite United Way by sharing whatever you can with our neighbors in need. Together we can continue to make a difference.
Gail Gentes & Chip Souba
Dartmouth Campaign for Granite United Way
Last Updated: 12/2/13