U-M faculty, staff and retirees are being challenged to make a difference in the lives of community members in need by making a pledge to the 2019 U-M United Way Campaign.

This year’s campaign co-chairs Cynthia H. Wilbanks, vice president for government relations, and T. Anthony Denton, senior vice president and COO at the U-M Health System, are encouraging colleagues to help raise $1.25 million by Dec. 31.

“We urge every person in the university community to make a pledge, no matter the amount,” Wilbanks said. “When U-M staff, faculty and retirees join together, we accomplish great things.”

Agencies supported by the United Way help community members who need it most by providing access to quality preschool for hundreds of underprivileged children. The agencies also assist families in covering the costs of needed health care and help provide housing, substance abuse treatment and employment resources.

“This longstanding tradition at the University of Michigan has brought strength and much-needed services to so many of our friends and neighbors,” Denton said. “We can continue to make a difference in their lives by making a pledge to the 2019 U-M United Way campaign.”

Pledges can be made either through the secure ePledge system on Wolverine Access or a pledge form that is available at uway.umich.edu.

Every pledge can be designated to a nonprofit agency of the donor’s choice or invested in the Community Impact Fund, which supports programs and services that have demonstrated success in addressing the most pressing needs across the communities in the area.

Campaign contributors will be automatically entered in a weekly prize drawing. A list of prizes is available at uway.umich.edu.

Those who give $1,000 or more become members of the Leadership Givers Association and will receive an invitation to the annual reception hosted by President Mark Schlissel.

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