United Way drive begins Nov. 15
Princeton NJ -- If you went to the United Way of Greater Mercer County's Web site this fall, a window popped open with this text: "The tragic events of Sept. 11 will affect many of our friends and neighbors. At this time we don't know the full impact. If you or someone you know needs help, please call us at (609) 896-4108. The United Way of Greater Mercer County is here to help heal and rebuild shattered lives, families and communities."
Members of the University community will once again have an opportunity to show their support for this organization during the annual campus drive. The 2001 Princeton University United Way campaign will run from Nov. 15 through Dec. 15 on the main campus and on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. This year's fund drive chair is Robert Durkee, vice president for public affairs, and the faculty chair is physics professor Joseph Taylor, dean of the faculty.
"Last year the University and its faculty and staff generously contributed more than $173,000 to the United Way campaign," Durkee said. "This year we hope that we can give even more to those in need. Our gifts help show that Princeton University and its faculty and staff care deeply about the communities in which we live and work."
All donations will be distributed to United Way programs in Mercer County or employees' home communities or to other health and human services agencies that are designated by individual donors. United Way funding is based on four focus areas -- responding to crises, building self-sufficiency, strengthening families, and promoting health and well-being.
As in the past, the University will contribute 15 cents per dollar for all gifts made by payroll deduction to encourage employees to take advantage of that method of supporting the United Way. For all other types of donations, the University will contribute 10 cents per dollar. This year, in light of recent tragic events, the campaign literature also will provide information on making a contribution to the United Way's Sept. 11th Fund.
As an incentive to giving, the first 400 people who make a United Way donation will receive two free tickets to the Princeton-Harvard basketball game at Jadwin Gymnasium on Saturday, Feb. 16. At the end of the campaign, there also will be a special drawing for an assortment of prizes for all who have made a donation to the United Way.
United Way campaign volunteers will distribute pledge
cards. Anyone who has questions or needs another pledge card
should contact the departmental campaign volunteer, look at
the United Way home page at <www.princeton.edu/pr/uw/>
or contact the main campus United Way coordinator, Karen
Woodbridge, at 258-5656 or <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Plasma physics employees should contact the lab's United Way
campaign chair, Mary Ann Brown, at 125-3045 or <mailto:email@example.com>.