United Way campaign collects $1.13M to exceed 2022 goal


The University of Michigan community raised more than $1.13 million during the 2022 U-M United Way employee giving campaign that ended Dec. 31, surpassing its $1.1 million goal.

The funds raised will benefit area nonprofits through the United Way of Washtenaw County Community Impact Partners program or designated by the donor.


Campaign co-chairs Alfreda Rooks, director of community health services for U-M Health, and Chris Kolb, vice president for government relations, thanked the university community for exceeding the campaign goal.

“I want to extend my sincere appreciation to the employees and retirees of the University of Michigan and Michigan Medicine for their support of the campaign,” Rooks said.  “Your generous support means area nonprofits will now have the resources necessary for essential community services in 2023.”

During the campaign’s kickoff, the co-chairs encouraged the university community to participate knowing how important their support would be this year more than ever because people in the area are still trying to navigate post-pandemic challenges.

“The university community did it, beating our goal of $1.1 million,” Kolb said. “The widespread generosity of the U-M community ensures the United Way of Washtenaw County will be able to provide a safety net of support for our community.”

Pam Smith, president and CEO of United Way of Washtenaw County, also expressed appreciation to the U-M community.

“University of Michigan catalyzes community change through the faculty, staff and retiree United Way campaign. No other initiative on campus creates such a significant impact and we appreciate the partnership,” Smith said. “We are excited to welcome President (Santa J.) Ono and appreciate everyone that participated by making a gift.”

The organizers of the U-M United Way campaign want to thank the more than 100 unit volunteers around the university who participated in, and gave their enthusiastic support to, 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.


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