United Way Campaign Success Update:
Thank you, my friends. In spite of economically challenging times, tradition has held true. I congratulate all of us once again for meeting the challenging goal of $30,000 we set for this year’s United Way Campaign. We surpassed the goal and raised $34,093! With 193 employees from across the college making contributions, the year’s average gift rose to $176. We also have 45 employees who are now members of the CCBC Live United 360° Team, having made gifts of $300 and above. The largest donation this year is $1,500, and the total amount dedicated to the CCBC Student Emergency Fund now tops $15,358.62. Many needy students will bless our generous donors over the coming year.
CCBC, thanks for your consideration of support!
On October 6, 2014 CCBC will launch its 2014 United Way of Central Maryland Campaign. Our college community has been very generous to the United Way in the past. We have increased our giving levels by almost 100 percent over the past seven years. For that warm show of support to our community, I thank you. In this challenging economic climate, our contributions make a real difference too many people—many of them our students—every single day. They make our community―and often our college―a better place to live and work.
Again this year we encourage you to consider giving our United Way Campaign a more personal CCBC touch by designating the CCBC Foundation: CCBC Emergency Student Fund as the targeted recipient of your gift. Although the region’s economy is slowly improving, the continued stresses on our student’s lives translate into an increase in the number of students needing financial assistance for housing, transportation, books
and tuition. Last year, CCBC was able to distribute $21,000 in Emergency Assistance funds to cover a range of needs from buying books to paying electric bills.
Please consider responding positively when one of the CCBC United Way volunteers approaches you. You can make a pledge through payroll deduction or through an online or paper donation form. If you are able, I would like you to consider joining me in making a leadership gift of $300 or more to become a member of CCBC’s Live 360° United Team. Most importantly though, please consider giving whatever you can. To show our thanks, Cathy Birkelien and her staff have once again assembled an array of gifts for donor incentives: a reserved parking space for a year; lunch for you and five friends at any restaurant of your choice (fancy is good and I pay the bill!); plus many others.
Ms. Cathy Birkelien, our campaign chair, will soon forward information about the campaign and the list of donor incentives to the college community. She will also detail information about how to make this year’s pledge, either via the donation form or online. If you would like to find out more about how your donation will help the many agencies the United Way serves, please visit the United Way of Central Maryland UWCM Web site at www.uwcm.org. You can also contact Ms. Birkelien at ext. 3335 or speak with one of the campus campaign volunteers who will be contacting you next week with more information. They can assist you in completing your pledge form or making an online donation.
Last year we set a United Way Campaign Goal of $30,000. Our CCBC family beat that goal by raising $33,379. We will maintain the $30,000 goal this year, hoping once again to surpass it. Please consider helping us support CCBC students while we support the United Way.
Sandra L. Kurtinitis, Ph.D.