The 2018 University of Michigan United Way employee giving campaign raised more than $1.2 million to support the Washtenaw United Way.

The campaign took place Oct. 1-Dec. 31 and included more than 100 volunteers who worked to encourage members of their department to participate in the campaign.

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The yearly campaign brings together U-M and Michigan Medicine in support of the community.

The money raised benefits programs and services through the Community Investment Fund or nonprofit organizations designated by the donor.

The Community Investment Fund coordinates funding of human service programs in Washtenaw County and works to improve health and nutrition, end homelessness, improve 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, thanked the university community for its generous support of the campaign.

“I want to express my sincere appreciation to the university faculty, staff and volunteers for supporting the campaign,” said Denton, “Together we made a difference, a U-M difference, in the lives of our neighbors in need.”

“I want to thank everyone who participated in the campaign,” said Wilbanks, “Your generosity and support is important and will improve the lives of so many people in our community.”

Pam Smith, president and CEO United Way of Washtenaw, also thanked the U-M community. “Thank you to the leaders and the best –when you give, advocate or volunteer you are creating a positive impact in our community. On behalf of my board of directors, staff and all the people that benefit from your gift, thank you for raising local dollars to change local lives,” Smith said.

Several U-M units, including Athletics, Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, MHealthy and the University Musical Society, donated prizes during the campaign.

While the formal campaign has ended, the U-M United Way campaign office is still accepting pledges. To donate, call 734-763-3109.