The Dartmouth United Way campaign is an important part of our community history. The Upper Valley United Way (now Granite United Way) was founded on this campus more than forty years ago. Since then, the Dartmouth campaign has ranked as the largest in the area, raising more than $5 million to serve the most vulnerable people in our region. We have reason to be proud of the role that we play in making this a special place to live.
United Way agencies like the Upper Valley Haven, LISTEN Community Services, and the Visiting Nurses Association are critical to the health of our communities. Each year they provide services and programs that help thousands of our neighbors, ranging from safe shelter, food pantries, hospice visits, and job training to fuel assistance, prevention programs, counseling, and warm clothing.
This year's campaign is underway and dozens of staff and faculty coordinators are volunteering across campus. You can learn more about the drive (and this year's robust matching gift program) at http://www.dartmouth.edu/~unitedway/.
These are challenging economic times for many families. However, I believe it is the act of generosity, and not the magnitude, that is important. Whatever we can do—as volunteers, donors, and good neighbors—to help someone in need, is something that will matter. It is our capacity to care for one another that really counts.
As we pause for Thanksgiving and to contemplate our blessings, please join me in celebrating the spirit of charity.
Carol L. Folt
Last Updated: 9/27/13