Support United Appeal
Dec. 3, 2007
By Tasha Attaway and Ann Marie Locke
An envelope that appeared in campus mailboxes last week represents an opportunity to make a real difference in the life of the Athens community. It contains the pledge card for this year's United Appeal campaign.
United Appeal is unique because it gives its donors the power to support up to 13 local nonprofit organizations with one simple action. The agencies that are affiliated with United Appeal are all locally based, so all donations have direct impact on the local people and economy. These donations help provide food, clothing and shelter to neighbors who have lost everything in a house fire or flood. Or provide food to a family that has been affected by the slowdown in the economy. Or help a lonely senior citizen find a way to make a meaningful contribution to the community.
Ohio University employees have been significant contributors to United Appeal since it began in 1955. Campus Co-Chairs Vice President for Student Affairs Kent Smith and Local 1699 President Dave Logan are hoping that this year the campus will achieve 100 percent participation and reach the campus contribution goal of $105,000.
Ohio University faculty and staff can give by:
Get your game on
This year's campaign had a fun, new beginning. The Bobcat "Game On" T-shirt was unveiled shortly before Homecoming and is still available. A true community effort, the T-shirt promotion involved Student Affairs, Athletics, Advancement, Student Senate and Greek Life with representatives from the College Book Store and Follett's University Bookstore.
"The idea was to find a way for Ohio University students, faculty and staff along with the community to come together with Bobcat spirit to support United Appeal," Smith said.
Both apparel shops produced window displays and in-store displays to help with sales, and Student Affairs contributed print and digital signage in Baker University Center, ads on Facebook and a promotional video that was distributed on YouTube and the OHIO Students site.
To date, the promotion has raised $1,992 and sales continue online, at the College Book Store and at Follett's University Bookstore.
To view the promotional video or learn how you can support United Appeal by purchasing a "Game On" T-shirt, visit www.ohio.edu/gameon. More information about United Appeal is available at www.unitedappeal.org.