Still time to give!A little giving goes a long way in helping others There is still time to contribute to Giving to Help, the University's Campaign for the United Way and Other Charities. Donations can be made to any recognized charity in the United States or to the Chicago United Way/Crusade of Mercy, an independent organization governed by local volunteers. Over 160 independent organizations, including various programs within the University, benefited from last year's campaign.
Giving is easy, and the results are worthwhile. For example, a donation of $1 a week (a total of $52 annually) to the Chicago United Way/Crusade of Mercy can provide eight hours of companionship for a lonely senior citizen. Four dollars a week ($208 annually) can provide 13 hours of job placement services to help find employment for an adult with a disability. Five dollars a week ($260 annually) can provide eight days of foster care for a youth who has been abused. Eight dollars a week ($416 annually) can provide five nights of safe, secure shelter for a battered woman and her child, and $15 a week ($780 annually) can provide nearly 150 hours of adult literacy training.
These are only some of the ways in which your donations help people every day, all year long. To contribute, simply fill out and return either the yellow card (for the charity of your choice) or the blue card (for the United Way) included in the campaign information sent to all employees. Pledge cards from staff and faculty will be included in a drawing for raffle prizes.
Employees who need a pledge card should contact Karen Rosselli at (708) 877-1726 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more about the Giving to Help campaign, all interested employees are welcome to attend a luncheon at noon Thursday, Dec. 11, in Ida Noyes Hall, second-floor west lounge. Maureen Blaha, director of Illinois Parents Anonymous will speak, and lunch will be provided free of charge. Reservations are required and may be made by contacting Karen Rosselli.