UT Community Charitable Campaign continues toward $175,000 goal

October 26, 2012 | UToday
By Kim Goodin

More than 400 employees have pledged donations to this year’s University of Toledo Community Charitable Campaign (UTC3) as it approaches its midpoint.

Tom Garey, left, Howard Newman and Donna Braswell show off the tote bags employees who give more than $120 receive after donating to UTC3.

With about $88,000 in pledges committed, Vicki Riddick, UT senior wellness officer and UTC3 chair, said there’s plenty of room to grow toward the campaign goal of $175,000.

“The campaign is off to a fantastic start,” Riddick said. “I’m so thankful for the ongoing support and love, seeing our employees showing off their totes around campus.”

Those who give at least $120 to the campaign receive special tote bags as a symbol of appreciation.

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 around the globe.

Members of the University community can explore their giving options on the UTC3 website at bit.ly/UTCCC. By entering a user code and a password supplied in emails sent to each employee, users view a variety of organizations and match giving preferences with charities that reflect their philanthropic passions.

To receive a paper pledge, call 419.383.6406 or email vicki.riddick@utoledo.edu.

Paper pledges may be turned in to the following UTC3 representatives:

• Donna Braswell, Wolfe Hall Room 1235L, Main Campus;

• Kim Crozier, Rocket Hall Room 1300, Main Campus;

• Sandra Manton, Learning Resources Center Room 2011G, Scott Park Campus; and

• Jennifer Reynolds, Dowling Hall Room 2285, Health Science Campus.

The UT community also can donate to causes not specifically listed, such as UT’s organ donation program or autism center, by indicating the program in the online donation process.

Last year’s average pledge was $198, or about $9 per paycheck. Riddick believes that with participation from everyone in the UT community, the $175,000 goal can be exceeded.

Faculty and staff who donate more than $120 to the campaign will be invited to a celebratory event Friday, Dec. 7, on Scott Park Campus. Riddick said the format will be a bit different this year.

“Rather than a traditional, sit-down breakfast, we’ve decided to host an open house of sorts to be more flexible for employees’ busy schedules,” Riddick said. “Don’t worry; we’ll still have breakfast and the great prize selection our donors look forward to. Rocky and Rocksy will also be there to give some high-fives. We hope to see as many of our employees as possible there.”

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