CONTACT: JANE HOSHI
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0017; fax (319) 384-0024
United Way campaign thermometer rises on Hubbard Field
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Seasonal temperatures are dropping, but the United
Way campaign thermometer at Hubbard Field indicates a warm reading as UI
employees' donations rise. "We want to help the university community
gauge their giving, and the thermometer is a great reminder of how close
we are to accomplishing our goal," said Bob Wiley, professor of pharmacy
and co-chair of UI's United Way campaign.
Approximately 350 UI givers have donated more than $123,000, passing
the halfway mark of this year's $235,000 goal. As a way of thanking those
who participate, a prize drawing will be held this month that includes
passes to the fitness loft, tickets to Hancher's "Beauty and the Beast,"
mugs and t-shirts and a half-price overnight at the Iowa House.
Gayle Blevins was one of 10 UI United Way givers who won tickets to
the Jan. 31 performance of "Beauty and the Beast" at Hancher
in a prize drawing earlier this fall. She said, "The United Way agencies
we support help make this community a nicer place to live for everyone,
improving the quality of life for those less fortunate."
Kenneth Moore, director of the Central Microscopy Research Facility
and co-chair said, "Contributors make a big difference in the lives
of those who need help. For example, a donation of $1 per week can provide
three nights of safety for a battered woman and her child; two full days
of training for an unskilled worker; and one year's worth of breakfasts
for a child in day care."
Employees may contribute by cash gift, payroll deduction, direct billing
from the United Way of Johnson County, automatic deduction from a checking
account, or a credit card payment. Donors can also designate their gifts
to specific community agencies.
For additional pledge forms or to arrange a presentation about United
Way on campus, call 384-0017 or 338-7823.