WMU News

United Way goal will 'give community a lift'

Oct. 8, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University's annual fund-raising drive for the Greater Kalamazoo United Way got under way Oct. 1, as campus volunteers launched a drive to "Give Our Community a Lift" by raising $235,000 for area human service agencies.

The WMU goal is a 6.5 percent increase over last year's campaign total of $220,596. WMU is the area's fourth largest contributor to the communitywide effort, for which a 2002 campaign goal of $9.47 million has been set.

For the next four weeks, campus walls, display cases and mailboxes will be filled with promotional materials encouraging the WMU community to participate in the campaign. Approximately 120 campus fund-raisers will act as hosts to departmental campaign meetings to help campus community members determine how they want to participate.

The University campaign will run through Oct. 31, and the campus victory celebration is scheduled for Nov. 1, according to campus campaign co-chairpersons Dawn Vander Ploeg of auxiliary services, and Charles DeVries of legislative affairs.

For more information about the campaign, visit the WMU United Way Web site or contact Dawn Vander Ploeg at 387-3360 or <dawn.vanderploeg@wmich.edu> or Charlie DeVries at 387-3606 or <charlie.devries@wmich.edu>.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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