There’s still time to improve the human condition through this year’s University of Toledo Community Charitable Campaign (UTC3).
With the campaign wrapping up at the end of December, pledges total about $125,000. The goal is $175,000.
“We’re in the midst of the busiest shopping time of the year,” said Vicki Riddick, senior wellness officer and chair of UTC3. “Many of us are spending generously on gifts, decorations and events connected to the holidays. I’m hoping there’s a portion of all of our budgets that can go toward the UTC3 campaign so we can make this a true season of giving.”
The campaign is specific to the UT community and targets four local federations: the United Way of Greater Toledo, Northwest Ohio Community Shares, Community Health Charities of Ohio and EarthShare of Ohio. These organizations represent hundreds of local and international charitable organizations across the globe.
Members of the UT community can explore their giving options on the UTC3 website. By entering a user code and a password supplied in emails sent to each employee, users view a variety of organizations and match their giving preferences with charities that reflect their charitable passions.
Although about 10 percent of the UT community has donated to this year’s campaign, Riddick hopes a majority of faculty, staff and students will pledge, regardless of the donation amount. Donations may be made online at https://uwgt.upicsolutions.org/uwgt/epledge.jsp, using passwords provided in emails distributed to those who haven’t yet donated.
Employees who donated at least $120 to the campaign will receive email invitations to a special thank-you open house Friday, Dec. 7, at the Cavern on Scott Park Campus. The event is similar to the celebratory breakfast held in past years, but has been streamlined to accommodate employees’ schedules.
“Feedback from past years has been that some people just don’t have time to come to a formal program,” said Sandra Manton, executive assistant to the chief financial officer and vice president for finance, and a member of the UTC3 steering committee. “This year’s event is more casual. Employees can come when their schedules allow, get some breakfast, and mingle with friends. The important thing is saying thank you to all who donated to UTC3.”
There also will be a brief presentation about the campaign. Rocky and Rocksy, UT’s mascots, will be on hand as well.