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Voices from Dartmouth's United Way Campaign

Dartmouth’s 2009 Campaign for the Upper Valley United Way continues this month, toward a goal of $225,000.

“Dartmouth’s location in the Upper Valley is integral to what makes the College so special. We are all citizens of this community, and you don’t need to travel far to make a difference for someone in need,” says President Jim Yong Kim, honorary campaign chair. “Every gift, regardless of size, has a positive impact. I urge all faculty and staff to join me in supporting the Dartmouth United Way Campaign during this holiday season.”

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Some of Dartmouth’s longtime supporters of the College’s United Way campaign, from left: Erland Schulson, Thayer School of Engineering; Doug Fraser, Thayer School of Engineering; Cynthia Pawlek, Library; Ian Baker, Thayer School of Engineering; Holly Sateia, Institutional Diversity and Equity; William Fischel, Economics; Jan-Roberta Tarjan ’74, Tucker Foundation; Daniel Nelson ’75, Outdoor Programs; Peter Glenshaw, Community Relations and Dartmouth United Way campaign chair; Sue Ann Hennessy, Dartmouth Medical School; Bob Ceplikas ’78, Athletics; Susan Brison, Philosophy; Leah Griffiths Goat, Library; Jeffrey Horrell, Library. (Photo by Joseph Mehling ’69)

The campaign is Dartmouth’s oldest and largest philanthropic initiative. It supports the work of the Upper Valley United Way, which partners with health and human services agencies in 42 communities to help fill the basic needs of education, income, and health. Donations can be made via payroll deduction, check, or credit card.

Vox of Dartmouth asked some longtime supporters of the Dartmouth’s United Way campaign why they give and why each gift matters.

"It is a good charity. Recipient agencies do not have to waste resources on separate fund raisers, administrative costs are modest, and donors know where their money goes. Those of us with steady incomes have a special obligation to support United Way in these difficult times.”
William Fischel, professor of economics and the Patricia F. and William B. Hale ’44 Professor in Arts and Sciences

"We live in a beautiful, vibrant part of the world where people still care very much about our neighbors and our communities. The United Way offers us all a well-structured, cost-effective way to contribute to the common good and assure that privileges are more widely shared and opportunities are made more widely available.”
Emanuel “Skip” Sturman ’70, director of Career Services

"The United Way’s community impact goes well beyond funding. It investigates service opportunities and convenes citizens and agencies to assess and solve problems, as well as create efficiencies, in these harder times. We are all feeling the pinch these days, but I hope colleagues will be generous now, when it means the most to those who are truly in need.”
Jan-Roberta Tarjan ’74, Tucker Foundation senior program officer, local service, and UVUW board member

"The United Way is the most important charitable organization in the Upper Valley. At Dartmouth Athletics, we’ve been dedicating our first home football game to the Upper Valley United Way. We donate a portion of our ticket sales, honor United Way community leaders at halftime, and try to help raise the overall visibility of this vital organization.”
Bob Ceplikas ’78, acting director of Athletics and Recreation

"For nearly 20 years, I have had the privilege of working with WISE (Women’s Information Services), a United Way local partner agency which not only provides services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence, but also helps us at Dartmouth in our educational efforts. Contributing to the United Way is an important way to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors and Dartmouth’s campaign makes it easy via payroll deductions.”
Susan Brison, associate professor of philosophy and East Wheelock Cluster faculty associate

By SARAH MEMMI

Last Updated: 1/7/10