United Way officials and University representatives gathered April 29 on campus to acknowledge the $126,878 raised for the United Way of Greater Mercer County (UWGMC) in this year’s campaign. This success was spurred by 59 employees who served as campaign volunteers in more than 40 University departments. In addition to organizing fundraising events, several volunteers held supply drives to support UWGMC programs.
This year’s campaign raised $107,711 in contributions from faculty, staff and retirees: $87,198 from those at the main campus, $13,646 from those at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, $6,867 from retirees and $4,530 from fundraising events held by University departments. 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 University match contribution of $15,237.07.
In addition to supporting the United Way of Greater Mercer County’s Community Impact Fund, employees elected to channel their donation directly to UWGMC programs. Such donations helped provide meals to the Strike Out Hunger campaign, supply education kits for local school children, support students through the college admissions and financial aid application process, and bridge the digital divide by providing internet access to low-income families. All donations will be distributed to United Way programs in Mercer County or employees’ home communities, or to other health and human services agencies as designated by individual donors.