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Annual United Way campaign underway

On Oct. 10, Dartmouth's campus-wide Upper Valley United Way (UVUW) fundraising campaign was launched. This year, progress can be tracked via a new Web site. Bill Hochstin, Dartmouth United Way Campaign Chair and the Director of Materials Management in the Procurement Office, has set a goal of $250,000 for the College campaign.

United Way campaign thermometer
The United Way campaign thermometer in front of Collis Center, seen here on Oct. 14., records progress towards the $250,000 goal. (photo by Sarah Benelli)

"Dartmouth has participated in the Upper Valley United Way campaign for 34 years," said Hochstin. "I think our faculty and staff like to help others right here in our own community. United Way member agencies come to the aid of so many of our friends and neighbors, and these agencies face increasing demands for services each year. I encourage my colleagues to donate if they can."

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. Dartmouth is one of many Upper Valley organizations that have a workplace campaign, and the total Upper Valley goal for United Way giving this year is $1.2 million.

Susan Wright, Honorary Chair of the Dartmouth campaign and a member of the Upper Valley United Way Board of Directors, offered thanks to all of Dartmouth's many volunteers. "Faculty, staff and students so selflessly give of their time to sustain our local and increasingly global communities, of which Dartmouth is a vital part," she said. "Congratulations on helping others in need. I hope that each of you who can, will give to the Dartmouth United Way campaign. There is no better way to give locally than United Way."

According to Hochstin, each division will launch its campaign efforts with the help of staff and faculty volunteers, called Division Coordinators. Numerous student groups, clubs and societies also raise money for the UVUW. The student campaign, with a goal of $7,500, will be led by the Order of Omega. Last year, Dartmouth gifts to the campaign reached more than $237,000, including more than $6,000 in contributions from students.

"Donations to the United Way are an investment in our community's future; it's a tradition I'm proud of and inspired by," Hochstin said.

By SUSAN KNAPP

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Last Updated: 12/17/08