CONTACT: JANE HOSHI
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0017; fax (319) 384-0024
UI United Way Campaign Underway "Helping Here at Home"
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa's participation in United
Way's 1998 "Helping Here at Home" campaign kicks off this week
with a mailing to 21,000 full- and part-time UI employees. All employees
will receive brochures and pledge cards from the nonprofit organization
which assists more than 40 different agencies and services in Johnson County.
In addition, more than 60 UI faculty and staff have been identified
as ambassadors to support contribution campaign efforts across campus.
Ambassadors were selected based on their affiliation with United Way agencies.
The UI community plays a vital role in United Way's impact on local
human service agencies, directly supporting those in need through giving.
Also, more than 50 UI offices have collaborated in 145 different projects
with United Way agencies. Partnerships provide practical experience for
UI students while providing agencies with needed personnel for serving
clients. Many United Way agencies provide programs to their clients that
encourage health and wellness, promote self-sufficiency and build knowledge
"The administrative costs of United Way are very low, allowing
87 cents out of every dollar to be distributed to community agencies,"
note Kenneth Moore and Bob Wiley who serve as campaign co-chairs for the
Moore adds, "We are very grateful to those who gave last year.
This year we're encouraging those who have never given to join in by contributing
a "dollar-per-week" through UI payroll deduction. And those who
have pledged before are encouraged to increase their giving by another
dollar-per-week." Monthly payroll deductions won't begin until Jan.
In addition to payroll deduction, UI employees can choose from a number
of other options for giving, such as a cash gift, direct billing from United
Way, automatic deduction from a checking account, or credit card payment.
All UI employees who make a pledge to United Way are automatically eligible
for prize drawings.
"By supporting the United Way of Johnson County you can be sure
that you're helping people in your own community. Contributions to United
Way are "an investment in the community as they help to improve the
quality of life for us all," says Jane Hoshi, assistant director for
special projects and outreach in the UI Office of University Relations
and coordinator of the UI annual campaign.
"It's amazing to me what just one dollar per week can provide,"
Moore says. "It includes three nights of safety for a battered woman
and her child; two full days of training for an unskilled worker; one year's
worth of breakfasts for a child in day care."
For more information about the United Way campaign, call the United
Way of Johnson County at (319) 338-7823.