2013 United Way Campaign
Giving Thanks to the United Way
As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, it is a time to count personal blessings and to consider how to be a blessing to others.
"At Duquesne University, we are very blessed, and we can bless those who are most in need in our community by giving to this year's United Way campaign," said Dr. G. Evan Stoddard, associate dean of the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, who is this year's campaign manager.
The University's campaign ends on Wednesday, Nov. 27, the day before Thanksgiving Day. All contributions to the campaign, no matter the size, support the vital services that sustain many people who are struggling to get by.
Stoddard said he is thankful to all who have contributed to the campaign so far and that he believes people should feel good about providing such generous support. He reminds the campus community that others will be grateful for their gift to them.
As of mid-November, the United Way Campaign had exceeded its $85,000 monetary goal and is on track to meet its leadership donor goal, but remains almost 85 donors shy of reaching the president's target of 35 percent participation.
"I invite and ask every member of the Duquesne community to make a donation to the United Way this year, no matter how small," Stoddard said.
Employees who haven't contributed yet and wish to do so, can donate online.
Powerful Stories Shared at United Way Campus-Wide Luncheon
The United Way campus-wide luncheon held Oct. 30 featured a number of speakers, including one who shared how the St. Anthony School Program (a United Way agency) changed his family's life.
Keith Loiselle, a parent of a St. Anthony graduate and former vice-chairman, talked about his son Kevin, who was left with physical and mental challenges after slipping into a coma eight days after birth from a rare vitamin deficiency. After finishing high school, Kevin became adrift while his friends headed off to college. The St. Anthony Program was there to provide a roadmap that enabled Kevin to continue life with his peers, to participate in typical college activities and to become an active and contributing member of society.
Loiselle reminded attendees that the United Way provides back up to families in need every day and encouraged everyone to support a United Way agency.
In addition, President Charles J. Dougherty, Executive Director of Facilities Management Rod Dobish and St. Anthony's Post-Secondary Director Gary Eiseman each discussed the importance of the United Way and its impact on young lives.
Luncheon participants enjoyed a picnic-style lunch and contributed through raffles and a silent auction. In the spirit of giving, the Enrollment Management Group won the 50/50 and donated their winnings back to the campaign contributing to the $3,600 raised.
Duquesne has already exceeded its $85,000 monetary goal, but currently needs more than 100 employees to pledge or donate to reach its campaign target of a 35 percent participation rate. The University's United Way campaign runs through Wednesday, Nov. 27.
University Launches 2013 United Way Campaign
The University’s United Way committee launched its annual campaign and announced its 2013 goals at the Champion’s Breakfast on Sept. 13. The event served to energize those employees who have volunteered to educate and encourage donors from their departments, schools and offices on campus.
Duquesne Makes a Splash for the United Way
Skies were clear, but staff and students got soaked at the United Way “slam dunk” tank held Sept. 4 on Mellon Patio.
Volunteers took turns in the tank while members of the campus community paid $2 for four or $10 for unlimited tries at dunking participants including Bill Zilcosky, Russ Grunebach, Sean Weaver, Nicole Bulcholtz, Jade Leitzel, Mike Bryer, Kevin Smith, Brian Bost, Brigitte Szivos, Attila Mihalik, Brian Shrum, Dave Sheets and Nick Dubos.
Sponsored by Facilities Management, the event raised $238.75 for the United Way campaign.