January 29, 2018
The University of Michigan's 2017 United Way employee giving campaign raised more than $1.2 million to support the Washtenaw County United Way.
The campaign took place from Oct. 9-Dec. 31 and included more than 150 volunteers who encouraged members of their departments to participate.
The effort occurs each fall and brings together U-M and Michigan Medicine in support of the community.
The dollars raised will benefit programs and services through the Community Investment Fund or nonprofit organizations designated by the donor.
The Community Investment Fund seeks to coordinate funding of human service programs in Washtenaw County. The fund enriches the community when it comes to improving health and nutrition, housing to end homelessness, early childhood and school age youth services and other essential programs for the aging population.
U-M United Way campaign co-chairs Tony Denton, senior vice president and chief operating officer for the U-M Health System, and Cynthia Wilbanks, vice president for government relations, said they appreciated the community's generous support.
"Thank you to staff, faculty and retirees for supporting the campaign and helping to address poverty and many other needs in Washtenaw County," Wilbanks said. "You have once again proven how much you care about our community and want to make a difference — a U-M difference."
"I want to thank the university community for helping make an impact to our friends and neighbors in need through their support of the U-M United Way Campaign," Denton said. "I am proud to be a part of a team which gives so generously of their time and support."
Pam Smith, president and CEO of the United Way of Washtenaw also expressed gratitude.
"Each and every person that donated is making a difference for each and every person living in Washtenaw County. Thank you!" she said.
"The United Way of Washtenaw County is able to provide innovative community leadership to address poverty and inequity because of our donors and volunteers. We appreciate your help and encourage you to stay involved."
The campaign included a prize drawing, including a special grand prize, with several U-M units donating items to be given away during the campaign. Donating units include Athletics, Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, MHealthy and the University Musical Society.
The list of prizewinners is on the U-M United Way website.
New this year, employees making a first-time pledge to the campaign were entered in a special drawing for a football signed by U-M football coach Jim Harbaugh.
While the formal campaign has ended, the U-M United Way continues to accept pledges.