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Faculty and staff come together to kick off United Appeal campaign

On Monday, Nov. 8, from noon until 3 p.m., Ohio University will host an event at the Honors Collegium in Baker University Center to kick off OHIO’s participation in the United Appeal of Athens County’s annual fund drive.

The kickoff will be festive, featuring music provided by Aaron Thomas, local DJ, United Appeal board chair and owner of Class A Sounds.

Those who stop by can enjoy the music and pick up an afternoon snack of free popcorn and soft drinks. United Appeal representatives from four agencies will also be on hand to answer questions and provide information about the organization.

Anyone who turns in his or her pledge card at the kickoff will immediately receive a United Appeal T shirt. There is no minimum donation to receive the shirt.

The United Appeal is a charitable organization designed to assist families and individuals throughout Athens County in meeting their basic needs of food, shelter, health care and children’s development.

The University has participated in the United Appeal’s annual fund drive since the organization’s founding 54 years ago.

“As a University community of friends and neighbors, we have a unique opportunity to support the great work of United Appeal and its member organizations, who support those in need living in our communities, said Ohio University President, Roderick J. McDavis. “By being a part of this campaign, we can help bolster United Appeal’s efforts and be part of something bigger than ourselves.”

The University is raising the stakes this year, with a financial goal of $85,000 and a participation goal of 20 percent among OHIO faculty and staff.

The fund drive presents an opportunity for University employees on the Athens Campus to give back to the community that gives OHIO so much.

And, as Thanksgiving approaches, the United Appeal is reaching out to those who are able to give back to those in need. New incentives also aim to send the message that giving does give back.

“Those who give to United Appeal describe a feeling that their ties to the community are strengthened through their gifts,” said Becky Watts, President McDavis’ chief of staff and chair of the University’s United Appeal campaign committee.

All donors, regardless of the amount donated, will receive a United Appeal T shirt. Those who donate $50 or more will receive a free pass to the Athena Cinema.

Watts then took a moment and reflected on the recent devastation left by the tornadoes that ripped through the county last month as an example of the type of need that United Appeal agencies address.

“By giving to United Appeal, many of us feel that we help families through the thousands of crises that happen every day of the year,” she said.

Pledge cards for the fund drive will be arrive in University department mailboxes.

The pledge cards are easy to fill out and United Appeal stresses that any level of participation is accepted.

OHIO hopes to not only spread the word about the kickoff event, but to relay the meaningful ways that United Appeal aids the needs of the surrounding community.

2010-2011 United Appeal Committee

Thea Arocho, Research and Sponsored Programs
George Cheripko, University Libraries
Don Flournoy, Scripps College of Communication
Colleen Kiphart, University Communications and Marketing
Jessica Wingett, College of Osteopathic Medicine
Becky Watts, Office of the President
Andrew Stuart, University Libraries 

Pledge cards

If your United Appeal giving letter arrived without a pledge card inserted, pledge cards will be available at Monday’s kickoff event.
There are two options for giving on each card:

  • A payroll deduction, requiring no money upfront, but you will need your employee ID number;
  • A onetime donation by cash, check or credit card.

Please fill out the form and drop it off at Monday’s event in the Baker University Center, from noon until 3 p.m.

If you cannot make it on Monday, all donations can be sent through Interoffice Mail to Cutler Hall, room 108. Please indicate “United Appeal Annual Find Drive” on the envelope.