Why do you give?
The campus community can consider its reasons as UT’s annual charitable campaign will kick off Wednesday, Sept. 5, with a goal of raising $175,000 in donations.
The University of Toledo Community Charitable Campaign (UTC3) is UT’s annual giving drive offered in tandem with a diverse group of organizations: the United Way of Northwest Ohio, Northwest Ohio Community Shares, Community Health Charities of Ohio and Earth Share of Ohio.
“The campaign aligns perfectly with UT’s mission of improving the human condition,” said Vicki Riddick, UT senior wellness officer and UTC3 chair. “Together, we can build a stronger community through advocacy, volunteerism and giving to this charitable campaign.”
New to the campaign this year will be a dedicated blog on the myUT page. Instead of having one featured blogger, however, many people associated with UTC3 — from campaign volunteers, to those who have benefited from the charitable organizations associated with UTC3, to federation representatives — will write weekly about their experiences.
The first blog will be published Tuesday, Sept. 4.
UTC3 also will be featured in an upcoming town hall meeting.
“With a challenging economy, we know charitable giving isn’t the first consideration in a family budget,” Riddick said. “But every gift, whether small or a bit larger, has an impact, as you’ll see throughout the campaign.”
Last year’s average gift was $198 per person, or about $9 per paycheck. Riddick hopes that in addition to retaining faculty and employee donors from last year, those who haven’t contributed to UTC3 will consider giving this year.
“One of our goals is to increase participation on our campuses,” Riddick said. “If each one of us gives, we’ll easily reach our goal and have a positive impact on many organizations that have both local and worldwide reach.”
Donations may be made online or with paper pledge forms. To give online, click here and type in user ID and password information that will be emailed to you Wednesday, Sept. 5.
Paper pledges may be turned in to the following UTC3 representatives:
• Donna Braswell, Bowman-Oddy Building Room 205B, Main Campus;
• Lisa Hasselschwert, Rocket Hall Room 1200, Main Campus; and
• Sandra Manton, Learning Resources Center Room 2011G, Scott Park Campus.
Each person who donates will receive a special gift as a token of appreciation from the UTC3 committee.