Marshall’s United Way campaign raises more than $28,700 for community

Marshall’s United Way campaign raised $28,736.89 –a 30 percent pledge increase from last year–during the 2014 university campaign Sept. 22 – Oct. 10.

“We saw an 83 percent increase in the number of contributors – 53 donors to 97 donors – and a 30 percent pledge increase from last year’s campaign total,” said Will Holland, director of resource development for United Way of the River Cities. “Anytime we see a big increase like this, it is because of the committed individuals behind the scenes working hard to make an impact in our community. Marshall University has much to be proud of.”

Dr. Michael Prewitt, dean of the College of Health Professions and current board member for United Way of the River Cities, said the amount raised by Marshall employees translates into thousands of people in our area who will be helped.

“If we wanted to see the actual impact these funds had on our community, we need to consider that 420 children were helped get ready for kindergarten, 170 adults were helped with job and life skills training, 238 youth gained healthy lifestyle habits and 1,972 individuals in need received a warm meal,” Prewitt said. “We have the opportunity to make a positive difference and I hope we will continue to see participation increase in our community for many years to come.”

Megan Archer, 2014 campaign coordinator, said she believes the participation level of the Marshall community will continue to grow as efforts are made to increase awareness and enthusiasm campus-wide.

“Plans are already underway for creating more visibility on campus for our local United Way all year, not just during campaign season,” Archer said.  “The success of the 2014 campaign would not have been possible without the dedication of our committee members and the generosity of our faculty, staff and students.”

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