Purdue Today

November 7, 2007

United Way drive on brink of victory

Six areas have exceeded their goals for the 2007 Purdue United Way Campaign. And with a week to go, the campaign stands at nearly 96 percent of the $720,000 goal.

"We really need that last four percent," says Anne Washburn, Purdue United Way director. "We have lots of units that have made their goals and we are so thankful to everyone for what they've contributed this year.

"We know that, as our theme says, 'We matter,' to this entire community and all of these gifts will go to worthy programs and agencies across our area."

Special events this year have raised $3,203 so far, Washburn says. And a few more are planned.

All who have not turned in a pledge form and want to contribute to this year's campaign are urged to do so by Nov. 8.

"Our victory celebration is Nov. 14 and we want to make sure we count everyone who wants to donate in that celebration," Washburn says.

Areas that exceeded their campaign goals as of Oct. 31 are:

* Consumer and Family Sciences: 104 percent.
* Continuing Education and Conferences: 112 percent.
* Discovery Park: 106 percent.
* Pharmacy: 103 percent.
* Student Services: 103 percent.
* Technology: 109 percent.

Others have reached close to 100 percent. They are: Engineering (99 percent); Libraries (97 percent); and Science (97 percent).

Those who want to turn in a pledge form can give it to a team captain or send it via campus mail to United Way Gift Processing, DAUC.

Purdue United Way will announce its "We Matter" awards at the victory celebration, which is held for the Purdue United Way volunteers. "We Matter" awards will go to areas that went above and beyond in their own campaigns this year. The award winners will be listed in the Nov. 20 issue of Inside Purdue.