Past Campaigns


John Steidl

“It’s easy to feel comfortable in the Upper Valley and assume that we’re fortunate to be untouched by the world’s troubles,” says John Steidl, director of the Project Management Office. “But domestic violence and sexual assault are as real here as anywhere, and life for the victims often feels anything but comfortable or safe.”

Steidl volunteers as a counslor for WISE, providing safety and security to victims of domestic violence. “WISE is an amazing organization doing terrific work,” he says.

WISE is one of the many organizations throughout the Upper Valley that receives support from the Granite United Way. The work WISE does for vulnerable victims depends on support from volunteers and financial gifts alike.

“Without the funding to support those people, WISE would be a shadow of what it is,” Steidl says. “And supporting WISE through your dollars or time is a great way to learn more about one of the largest and least talked about social problems we face, a problem that cuts across race, religion, socio-economic status and politics.”

The 2017 United Way campaign is creeping closer to the $300,000 goal, which your year-end gift can help us achieve. If you haven’t already, make a secure donation online by Dec. 31 to support the efforts of people like John Steidl and organizations like WISE.


Tracy Dustin-Eichler

Tracy Dustin-Eichler is the interim director for the Dartmouth Center for Service and is also president of the board of trustees for Dismas of Vermont. “I volunteer for Dismas because our community is important to me, and I want to be part of making it a strong, healthy, vibrant place for all of us,” she says.

Dismas serves the Upper Valley by building a supportive community for people who have recently come out of prison. 

“Dismas allows volunteers to be part of strengthening our ties as a community- in a number of ways,” she says. “Folks can cook a dinner in the house and see this on a very concrete level, or through our board or giving they can be part of a movement that believes we are stronger when we come together.”

“The Dartmouth United Way Campaign reminds me that I live in a place where people deeply care about their neighbors and community,” she adds, “and that is a gift.”

Have you made your gift to Dartmouth’s 2017 campaign yet? The deadline’s been extended to Dec. 31 so the United Way can be part of your year-end giving plans. Make a secure online gift today!


Nicole Westervelt

For Nicole Westervelt, senior designer for Advancement Communications, cooking meals at Hixon House began as a way to volunteer with some friends of hers from work. She soon discovered it’s more than making dinner, though. “When you go there, you sit with everyone who’s staying at The Haven and have dinner and talk,” she says. “You learn about the different circumstances under which people have come to be there and how unique everyone’s situation is.”

Nicole is thankful for the support Hixon House receives through the Dartmouth community’s annual campaign because “it means that this place which I’ve come to care deeply about has the resources to continue serving people who need them,” she says.

You can support places like Hixon House by giving to this year’s United Way campaign or volunteering with a group of colleagues yourself!


Carissa Dowd

Carissa Dowd is an office manager at the Student Wellness Center and a volunteer counselor for WISE, supporting domestic abuse victims through their 24-hour crisis hotline.

“I volunteer for WISE because it’s a way for me to let people affected by domestic and sexual violence know they aren’t alone,” she says.

WISE, which receives funding from the Granite United Way, “is often the only voice to survivors telling them that they deserve better and are worth all the effort it’s going to take to create a life where they can be happy and free from abuse,” Dowd says.

“I feel like my most rewarding experiences are when you can convince someone that they are worth more,” she says. “Sometimes it just takes hearing positivity from one person to make them remember that they used to love themselves.”

You can make a difference in women’s lives through WISE by designating a gift to them in this year’s United Way giving campaign, or learn more about volunteeringyourself!


Josiah Proietti

“There are few things more important than living in a warm, safe, and dry house,” says Josiah Proietti, assistant director of residential education for East Wheelock House. He volunteers for COVER Home Repair, weatherizing homes, sealing leaky roofs, and building accessibility ramps for neighbors who can’t afford to make such repairs themselves.

“I volunteer for COVER to not only contribute to a worthy cause, but to help promote the value of local non-profit work to the students I serve,” he says.

His work with COVER combines his passion for sustainability and supporting neighbors in need. “We are those in a position of great resource and great power, which means we are the ones responsible for redistributing resources to those that need it the most,” he says. “[Giving] means we are fulfilling our obligations to do what we can to rebalance a system that does not support all of its citizens.”

The approaching holiday season is a time when many of us focus on giving to family, friends, and worthy causes. Why not take a moment to make a gift or give your time to this year’s United Way campaign?


Alexandra Stein '06

Alexandra Stein ’06, a special gifts officer for leadership giving, has been serving meals at Hixon House for more than four years. “It’s a great feeling to prepare a meal for 25 people in one hour, and then have the chance to sit down and enjoy it with them,” she says. “My most rewarding experiences have been during my conversations with the residents during dinner, learning their stories, finding where our lives overlap, and just having fun banter.”

She’s inspired by the Dartmouth community’s giving spirit: “We are very privileged at Dartmouth and there are so many in our own community who can benefit from our time, talent and treasures,” she says. “It is very cool to see how that adds up through the volunteer hours and donations that we collectively make throughout the Upper Valley.”

Like Alexandra and the other volunteers we’ve been highlighting, we all have something we can give. Support good work throughout the Upper Valley by giving to this year’s campaign or finding a place to volunteer yourself!


Lisa Sharp Grady

Lisa Sharp Grady is an administrative assistant at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, and she cooks and serves meals at Hixon House with a group of women every month.

“Every time we volunteer, I am rewarded with smiles and gratitude and with good conversations with people who have lives, jobs, and families that they care deeply about,” she says. “Each time I walk away, I feel a bit of wonder at how resilient people are. I am proud that the Dartmouth community helps support the efforts of the Upper Valley Haven. It’s a legitimate need in our part of the world.”

She encourages others to volunteer, too, “because hard-working people, just like me and you, sometimes hit hard times, and it’s great to know that there is a place for them to go that has the resources to keep them safe and get them back on their feet. It’s a good feeling to know that I’ve done something positive for one of my neighbors.”


Mark Bowman

Every month, Human Resources Senior Consultant Mark Bowman cooks a gourmet meal at Hixon House with his friend Jim Alberghini. “It’s a collaborative effort,” he says, “and Jim is the maestro; he assembles the group, and he does all the planning.”

For Mark, the most rewarding part of volunteering is seeing guests at the shelter find their footing and move on: “I’ll see a resident there for two, maybe three dinners, then the next time I’ll notice that she or he is gone. That’s good; it means they’ve moved out, and they’re hopefully back on track,” he says.

The support that comes to Hixon House through the Dartmouth community’s annual giving campaign “confirms to me that there are lots of very good people at Dartmouth,” he says, “but I knew that already.”

Do you want to help the residents at Hixon House like Mark Bowman does every month? Pledge a gift to this year’s campaign, or take the opportunity to volunteer yourself!


Jim Alberghini

A dedicated foodie, Conferences and Events Manager James Alberghini cooks gourmet meals once a month at Hixon House, a shelter for single adults facing homelessness.

“I want to show them that someone in our community cares enough about them to make time to prepare the best meal possible, to let them know they matter,” he says. “I try to meet everyone I can while eating, hear their stories, and check in on those I’ve met at previous dinners. I get so much more out of this than I put in.”

He finds fulfillment in volunteering because, he says, “We are all deeply interconnected, the love and compassion you give to another will reflect back to you.”

You can help support the efforts of people like Jim by giving to this year’s United Way campaign and volunteering with colleagues yourself at one of our upcoming events!


the 2017 United Way volunteer coordinators

Dartmouth’s United Way volunteer coordinators kicked off the 2017 campaign on Oct. 17. (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00)

The Dartmouth community’s 2017 United Way giving campaign is underway. Together, we aim to raise at least $300,000 by Dec. 15. to support more than 40 organizations that improve the lives of our most vulnerable neighbors right here in the Upper Valley.

There are many ways to contribute to this year’s campaign: make a pledge online, complete the pledge form you received in your Hinman mailbox, send a check, or pledge by phone. Follow this link for full instructions on giving to the 2017 campaign.

This year, we have another way to get involved: donating your time by volunteering at some of the many incredible organizations across our region. Many members of the Dartmouth community already give their time by cooking monthly meals, repairing homes, counseling domestic violence victims, and more. We’ll be sharing some of their stories over the next 10 weeks as inspiration for getting involved. We’ll also be highlighting some ways you can volunteer with your colleagues during this year’s campaign. Follow this link for more information.

Together, we can enact positive change throughout the Upper Valley with our dollars and our time. Join us in supporting the good that Granite United Way and their partner organizations enact every day.



Nearly 8,000 fans attended Dartmouth football’s home opener on Saturday, Sept. 23, and Dartmouth Athletics donated $1 for each adult ticket to the Granite United Way—an annual tradition.


Dr. Robert Norton and Win Piper honored during a 2017 football game

During halftime, Dr. Robert Norman (third from right) and Win Piper (second from right) were honored and presented with game balls by President Phil Hanlon ’77 (far right), Director of Athletics Harry Sheehy (third from left), Executive Vice President Rick Mills (second from left), and Area Director for Granite United Way Rob Schultz (far left).


Thank You From Dartmouth United Way!

Together we raised $276,174 by the Dec. 15 Dartmouth United Way deadline, surpassing this year’s goal of $275,500!

Dartmouth United Way exceeded all goals for this winter’s campaign, passing the target of $275,500 by raising over $311,000 and inspiring 209 new donors.

“We applaud all the members of the Dartmouth community for coming together to support the many vital Upper Valley programs funded by Granite United Way,” said Gail Gentes, co-chair of the campaign along with Executive Vice President Rick Mills.

“And we want to thank our many department coordinators who took the time to bring the campaign to their colleagues on a personal level and inspired many first time givers,” said Mills.

He also recognized hard work of many at the College who give to the United Way through their service. “We are thrilled to be able to support this work with a new policy offering paid time off to volunteer with a United Way agency,” he said.
As of the end of January, the Dartmouth campaign raised $311,660, with some donations still to be counted. The campaign also exceeded the ambitious target of recruiting 200 new donors.

Campaign Co-chairs Gail Gentes and Rick Mills extend their heartfelt thanks.

Gail Gentes and Rick Mills placing the final red stripe on the donation thermometer outside

United Way co-chairs Gail Gentes and Rick Mills and steering committee members celebrate the successful campaign. (Photos by Eli Burakian ’00)

a group of people standing outside with the United Way donation thermometer

United Way Co-Chairs Call for Thanksgiving Pledges

The campaign urges the community to donate as a way to remember those who are vulnerable.

With the holidays approaching, Dartmouth United Way’s co-chairs Gail Gentes and Executive Vice President Rick Mills have invited the community to remember their Upper Valley neighbors who are struggling this season.

Read more about Thanksgiving pledges.

Dartmouth Offers Paid United Way Volunteer Time

As United Way campaign begins, the plan recognizes various ways to give.

Beginning Jan. 1, Dartmouth employees will be able take a day of paid time off to volunteer with a United Way supported nonprofit agency, the College announced this week.

Executive Vice President Rick Mills, co-chair of the Dartmouth United Way Campaign, announced the new policy as the 2016 fundraising effort gets underway.

“As we begin this year’s United Way campaign, we want to recognize the outstanding contribution of time and resources Dartmouth faculty and staff already make to our community,” Mills says. “This new policy supports that vital work by offering a day of paid time off each year to volunteer.”

Read more about the new policy.


Dartmouth United Way Launches the 2016 Campaign With a $275,500 Goal

Organizers aim for 200 new donors to support Upper Valley service agencies.

Granite United Way is a “small d democratic organization” with local people deciding how to fund scores of Upper Valley service organizations, United Way’s Rob Schultz told the crowd at the kick-off for the Dartmouth campaign Tuesday.

At a breakfast for volunteers held at the president’s house on Oct. 11, Dartmouth United Way co-chairs Gail Gentes and Rick Mills, executive vice president at the College, announced this year’s goals of raising $275,500 by Dec. 15 and attracting 200 first-time donors.

Read more about the Campaign.


Dartmouth 2016 United Way Campaign to Kick Off Oct. 11

Preparations are underway for the 2016 Dartmouth Granite United Way campaign to start. Watch for packets to arrive after Oct. 11. We are looking forward to building on our 40-plus years of commitment to supporting the United Way with another great drive. The Dartmouth campaign is a great opportunity to join together to bring immediate, positive change to the Upper Valley.

Please watch for your Dartmouth United Way Campaign packet and join the effort to give our neighbors a hand up to a better life.


Dartmouth Football United Way halftime fundraiser

Dartmouth football’s Sept. 17 homecoming game was also a fundraiser for Granite United Way. During the halftime ceremony, United Way volunteer Stacey Chiocchio (center), community citizenship manager for Hypertherm, was honored by (from left)  Dartmouth athletic director Harry Sheehy, Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon ’77, Dartmouth United Way co-chair Gail Gentes, Granite United Way representatives Katie Kobe and Rob Shultz, and United Way board member Kevin Kober. (Photo by Mark Washburn)

Big Green Raises $5,000 for Dartmouth United Way!

Dartmouth fans were not only treated to a stunning, come-from behind 22-21 victory over UNH at the home opener on Sept. 17, they were able to give the 2016 Dartmouth United Way campaign an early boost.

As part of an annual Dartmouth Football tradition, one dollar out of every adult ticket sold was donated to the Dartmouth United Way campaign, which kicks off this year on Oct. 11.

“I’m pleased to report that we had an excellent turnout for our United Way home opener,” says Bob Ceplikas ’78, deputy director of athletics. “We sold 4,330 adult tickets to Saturday night’s UNH game, and we are happy to round up to $5,000 for the Dartmouth Athletics contribution to the Granite United Way.”

Total attendance at the game was 8,296 including discounted youth tickets and Dartmouth students, who enter for free.

At halftime, United Way volunteer Stacey Chiocchio, community citizenship manager for Hypertherm, was presented with a game ball by Harry Sheehy A’55, director of athletics and recreation and Katie Kobe of Granite United Way. Also there to celebrate United Way volunteers were Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon ’77, Dartmouth United Way co-chair Gail Gentes, Granite United Way’s Rob Shultz, and United Way board member Kevin Kober.

The team also showed a United Way promotional video with Gail Gentes and Phil Hanlon on the stadium video board. Athletics plans to show United Way promotional videos several times during the season, says Ceplikas.

The 2016 Dartmouth United Way campaign kicks-off on Oct. 11, and Dartmouth faculty and staff will receive United Way giving forms soon after.

Let’s Draw Attention to Good Work

The Tuck School's Creative Services Team, Tuck Executive Director of Infrastructure and Operations 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?

How Important is Giving?

In this video, Geisel School of Medicine faculty member Dr. Joseph O'Donnell discusses how we can strengthen the social safety net in the United Way and how easy it is for faculty and staff to give to the Dartmouth United Way Campaign and help our neighbors in need.


Dartmouth & The United Way:
Improving Lives In The Upper Valley

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.