By the numbers: University raises funds for United Way

United Way and Princeton University staff holding donation check

United Way of Greater Mercer County President Sandra Toussaint-Burgher (second from right) joined University staff members Jessica Talarick (left), Kristin Appelget (center left), and Erin Metro (right) from the Office of Community and Regional Affairs, and Daniel Sherman (center) from the Office of Finance and Treasury in recognizing the University’s contributions to the United Way campaign.

United Way officials and Princeton University representatives gathered on campus April 24 to acknowledge the $147,410 raised by members of the University community for the United Way through this year's campaign.

The campaign raised $129,690 in contributions from faculty, staff and retirees — $99,454 from the main campus, $20,543 from the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and $9,693 from retirees. In addition, the University matched gifts with 15 cents on the dollar for every payroll deduction contribution and 10 cents on the dollar for all other gifts, for a total University contribution of $17,721.

In addition to supporting the United Way of Greater Mercer County's (UWGMC) Community Impact Fund, employees elected to distribute their donation directly to UWGMC programs. Employees helped provide 180 meals to the Strike Out Hunger campaign, supply 60 literacy kits for local school children, fund college admission support for 160 students, and support three Child Literacy Improvement Programs in local barber shops and beauty salons.

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 were designated by individual donors.