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UTC3 campaign kicks off today, supports more than 200 charities

All faculty, staff and retirees are encouraged to participate in this year’s annual UT Community Charitable Campaign (UTC3) which launches today, Nov. 1, and runs through Friday, Dec. 22.

Each year the University participates in UTC3, which was formerly called the United Way campaign, to collect funds for what now includes four federations — United Way of Greater Toledo, EarthShare Ohio, Northwest Ohio Community Shares and Community Health Charities, which represent more than 200 nonprofit organizations throughout our community.

“UTC3 is a fantastic way to align your passion with a purpose because you can designate your gift to the charity of your choosing,” said Dr. Michele Soliz, assistant vice president for student success and inclusion, and the 2017 UTC3 chair. “This year’s theme is ‘We are one’ because we want to emphasize that our entire University community is intrinsically connected to our local, regional and global community.”

All UTC3 gifts are tax-deductible, and a variety of payment options are available, including payroll deduction, which does not begin until early 2018.

Donations of any size are encouraged; therefore, everyone who submits an ePledge form will receive a complimentary gift, be eligible for a weekly drawing of prizes, and receive an invitation to a January breakfast buffet with President Sharon L. Gaber that will feature drawings for many prizes.

To meet representatives from area agencies supported by UTC3 gifts, plan to attend one of the following UTC3 Federation Fairs and ice cream socials:

• Main Campus, Monday, Nov. 6, 3 to 5 p.m., Thompson Student Union Auditorium; or

• Health Science Campus, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Four Seasons Bistro.

To make your contribution to UTC3, watch for weekly emails that contain a link to the ePledge form. (Once you submit your completed ePledge form, you will no longer receive additional UTC3 emails.)

“When you complete and submit your ePledge form online via the email link, it’s processed directly by United Way. This ensures all funds remain safe and are allocated to any specific charities you might designate,” Soliz explained.

For more information about UTC3 or the agencies your donation can support, visit utoledo.edu/utc3.

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