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OHIO launches 'Why I Give' series


For many Athens residents, the challenge of meeting basic needs is an every day struggle.

To assist this constant hardship, the United Appeal for Athens County helps Athens residents in need of food, shelter, health care and children’s development through local contributions.

In an effort to encourage Ohio University faculty, staff and students to give to United Appeal, University Communications and Marketing is launching “Why I Give.” A series will highlight why faculty, staff and students have donated to United Appeal in the past and explain why it is important to give back to the community through this organization.

“Why I Give” will feature many Ohio University faculty and staff, including Professor Thomas Luce, who has been giving to United Appeal for over 25 years.

“Giving to United Appeal is a great way to give back to the community,” Luce said. “I’m fortunate to have a stable job and healthy family, but not everyone has that.”

The first article of the “Why I Give” series will be published on Thursday, Nov. 10, and will continue on a biweekly basis through March 2012.

If you have contributed to United Appeal in the past, or will donate this year, and would like to be featured in a “Why I Give” segment, please contact Kiphart at kiphart@ohio.edu.

Ohio University employees can donate to United Appeal by submitting completed pledge cards, which were distributed in October, through interoffice mail.

Contributions can also be made online through PayPal by clicking here http://www.unitedappeal.org/donations.php.

“The United Appeal for Athens County has helped so many local people in need,” United Appeal committee member Colleen Kiphart said. “And we can continue to help Athens residents one donation at a time.”

For more information about United Appeal of Athens County, click here.