Nov 1, 2013
For more than 50 years, Ohio University has partnered with United Appeal to harness the giving power of University employees. Starting Friday, Nov. 1, this year's "United 2 Give, United 2 Help" campaign will continue this long-standing partnership with United Appeal for Athens County to raise funds for those in need during the holiday season.
United Appeal is a charitable organization that helps to distribute funds to meet everyone's basic needs in Athens County. They accomplish this by allocating funds to a number of local charities, including the American Red Cross of Southeast Ohio, Athens County Habitat for Humanity, Athens County Food Pantry and other humanitarian organizations. A total of 16 agencies will be supported in the 2014 fundraising cycle. United Appeal also runs 2-1-1 Athens County – a free information service phone number.
"We've always been a good source of information for Ohio University employees," explained Pam Harvey, executive director of United Appeal. "We provide a way for people to give one-stop donations that benefit a number of different charities."
This year marks the University's 58th year participating in the annual fund drive, and has become something of a tradition for faculty and staff to give back during the holidays.
"Last year we were able to finally break the ten percent participation rate," said Harvey "To give as many people the opportunity to give as possible, whether it be a small amount or a large amount, is a wonderful thing, especially during the holiday season."
This year United Appeal has set a county-wide goal of raising $150,000, with the University's goal being $50,000. Pledge cards will be given out in University department mailboxes in the upcoming weeks, and donations can be made by payroll deduction, check or credit card. The campaign will run through December 24 and all are encouraged to give, no matter the amount.
"It's a way to get that holiday giving feeling right away," Harvey explained. "The money that we get is turned right around to make sure everyone in Athens has a wonderful holiday."