UF Community Campaign

Published: September 29th, 2006

Category: Memos

J. Bernard Machen, President

The annual UF Community Campaign runs Sept. 25 – Oct. 6, and this is a time when faculty and staff from across campus join hands in reaching out to improve the lives of our neighbors.

As the university’s official charitable giving drive, the campaign allows UF employees to give to the organization of their choice through payroll deduction, check, cash or direct bill. Last year, the campaign topped $1 million in donations for the first time since its inception in 1993. For 2006 the bar has been set even higher, as we hope to raise $1.2 million for the 79 participating agencies in our community.

The funds raised directly support Alachua and surrounding counties, including Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Gilchrist, Levy, Marion, Putnam, Suwannee and Union. Donors can designate the agency of their choice, and nearly every worthy cause is represented – from the American Red Cross to Gainesville Pet Rescue.

Pledge cards have been delivered to each employee and I encourage all of you to remember that every donation counts. Just $1 a week can provide:

  • 52 prescriptions for those who would otherwise go without the medication they need through Gainesville Community Ministries
  • 1,000 individuals with diabetes risk tests through the American Diabetes Association
  • 40 hours of certified after-school care or athletic activity in a safe, caring environment for low-income children and youth through North Central Florida YMCA
  • 5 abandoned kittens or puppies with homes and their spaying and neutering through Gainesville Pet Rescue

The University of Florida, through its scholarship and research, strives to make a positive impact on our world. The UF Community Campaign is our chance to show that the Gator Nation starts at home! For more information, visit www.ufcc.ufl.edu .

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