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United Way Campaign Exceeds Goal

Over $250,000 raised in record time

According to the Upper Valley United Way (UVUW), Dartmouth's annual fundraiser for the health and human services nonprofit organization has surpassed its goal of $250,000, bringing in a total of $254,919 as of January 26. The final figure will be released on February 14. The College's campaign, which reached its goal on January 19, earlier than ever before, was one of many similar efforts by Upper Valley organizations and businesses contributing to the UVUW's overall goal of $1.2 million.

Dartmouth United Way Campaign leadership
Dartmouth United Way Campaign leadership: (l-r) Bill Hochstin, Susan Wright, Lindsay Longe '06, and Anne Delehanty '06. (Photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

United Way of the Upper Valley provides a variety of health and human services to area residents, 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, says, "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. It's very rewarding to see our community support the campaign and help meet those needs."

According to Dana Hanson, campaign director for the UVUW, 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 adds 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 this year. The Dartmouth community, through the contributions of faculty, staff, and students, has raised $254,919 to date. More student-organized fundraisers are slated for the coming months.

The 2006 participation rate for faculty and staff was 19 percent, similar to previous campaigns, but the overall dollars raised represented an eight percent increase over last year's campaign and is the largest Dartmouth United Way campaign ever. Susan Wright, honorary chair of the Dartmouth campaign, a member of the UVUW Board of Directors, and wife of Dartmouth President James Wright, says, "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."

Hanson echoes 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 on the part of the faculty, staff, and students. It's a real investment in the health and well-being of the Upper Valley."

By GENEVIEVE HAAS

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Last Updated: 12/17/08