United Way campaign kicks off Nov. 5

Princeton NJ -- The University once again is joining other employers in the area to help people in the local communities through the United Way of Greater Mercer County's annual fund-raising campaign.

The campaign will take place from Nov. 5 through Dec. 5 on the main campus and on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. This year, with unemployment on the rise, the University's leadership and support is needed more than ever to provide financial assistance for services by local charities.

Last year, the University and its faculty and staff donated more than $173,000 to provide essential health and human care services to people throughout the region. A network of informed and motivated volunteers is critical to the success of the campaign. Organizers hope that each academic department and administrative office will be actively involved in this effort to support local United Way services.

All donations will be distributed to United Way programs in Mercer County, or employees' home communities or other health and human services agencies that are designated by individual donors. United Way funding is based on four focus areas -- responding to crisis, building self-sufficiency, strengthening families, and promoting health and well-being.

This year's campus fund drive chairperson is Daniel Scheiner, acting vice president for human resources, the faculty chair is Joseph Taylor, dean of the faculty and the James McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Physics, and the campaign coordinator is Barbara Spielman, executive assistant and office manager in human resources.

"Princeton University's faculty and staff have demonstrated a strong tradition of giving and shown a real commitment to supporting the United Way campaign," Scheiner said. "The funds raised by our employees have helped numerous individuals and families and served to strengthen many communities in our region. Each year we continue to raise the bar and hope we are able to give more to those in need."

The University will contribute 15 cents per dollar for all gifts made by payroll deduction. For all other types of donations, the University will contribute 10 cents per dollar.

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 Gym on Friday, Jan. 31. At the end of the campaign, there 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. Faculty and staff who have questions or need another pledge card should contact their departmental campaign volunteer, check the United Way home page at http://www.princeton.edu/hr/uw or contact the main campus coordinator, Barbara Spielman, at 258-2430 or mailto:bspielma@princeton.edu. Plasma Physics employees should contact the lab's United Way campaign chair, Mary Ann Brown, at 125-3045 or mailto:mabrown@pppl.gov.



November 4, 2002
Vol. 92, No. 8
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West spends first fall back on campus with first-year students
Nothing robotic about response to this seminar
Freshmen take the lead in discussing leadership

Invention has impact beyond the lab
Princeton architects reimagine world Trade Center site
United Way campaign kicks off Nov. 5
R&D Council honors freshman

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