Free pizza parties highlight how donations can help
University staff and faculty are invited to attend free lunch-hour pizza parties today, Nov. 7, and Wednesday, Nov. 13, as part of "Giving to Help," the University's 1996-97 Campaign for the United Way and Other Charities. The campaign raises funds for more than 160 charities, including the United Way.
The pizza parties will be held from noon to 1 p.m. and will feature two speakers representing organizations that will benefit from the campaign.
Today's party will be held in Reynolds Club South Lounge. The guest speakers will be David Yancy, community resource director for B.U.I.L.D. Inc., a group working to reduce gang violence and membership, and Deborah Woodside, assistant vice president for community programs for the Children's Home & Aid Society, a child welfare and family service agency that supports a range of programs statewide.
The party on Wednesday, Nov. 13, will be held in Classics 10 and will feature Maureen Blaha, executive director of Illinois Parents Anonymous, a family-aid and child-abuse prevention organization (see sidebar), and Gregory Terry, program director for the Ada S. McKinley Community Services Inc., an organization that supports a range of programs in the Chicago area providing social services for children, parents and the elderly.
"The pizza parties are a great opportunity for people to hear about the work of these groups and really get a sense of the people that are supported by University donations," said Katherine Streicher, a Laboratory Schools teacher and coordinator of the University's 1996-97 charity campaign.
All staff and faculty are invited to attend the free parties, but those who wish to attend must contact Streicher at 702-4064 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To contribute to "Giving to Help," fill out and return either the yellow or the blue card included in the campaign information sent to all employees. Gifts may be made to the United Way or to a specific charity. Options include payroll deduction and making a cash contribution.
Staff and faculty members who contribute through the University's campaign are automatically entered in a raffle. Prizes include tickets to a Bulls game in February and a grand prize of two round-trip airline tickets donated by United Airlines.
Employees who have not received a pledge card should call Human Resources at 702-9600.