Temple begins annual effort to raise money for United Way
Mission: Temple Way, a yearly Universitywide campaign on the behalf of the United Way, mobilizes the organization and resources of the University and its employees to collect funds to distribute to a variety of health and social services agencies in the Philadelphia community. The annual campaign is a convenient way for Temple employees to support those whose lives have been touched by illness, hunger and other social and economic hardships.
History: This year’s campaign, which kicked off March 1, marks the 11th annual drive since Temple’s United Way campaign started in 1994. In all, Temple employees have contributed $975,000 to the campaign in its first 10 years.
2004 totals: 554 employees contributed more than $95,000 to United Way during last year’s drive.
2005 goal: Campaign directors hope to raise $110,000 with the current drive, which will continue throughout 2005.
Agencies served: Funds from last year’s campaign reached 275 local human service agencies.
How to contribute: All employees should have received a mailing that details the process. Each University department has a designated representative who is responsible for explaining and managing the campaign for individual departments. Employees can contribute a tax-deductible donation by check, cash, credit card or payroll deduction by contacting their representative.
For more information: Call the Community Relations office at 204-7913 or e-mail templewy@ temple.edu.
By Ted Boscia
Coordinators issue corrections to United Way Donor Pledge Card
The coordinators of Temple’s United Way program have issued several corrections to the 2005 Temple Way Donor Pledge Card. Employees considering taking part in the United Way campaign should note the following changes:
1. IT READS: I authorize the University to deduct this contribution from my paycheck beginning January 2003. IT SHOULD READ: I authorize the University to deduct this contribution from my paycheck beginning March 2005.
2. IT READS: Per Month ($1.00 per month minimum). IT SHOULD READ: Per Month ($10.00 per month minimum).
3. In the Donor Choice Information section: IT READS: Temple University Student Aid Fund. IT SHOULD READ: TU Emergency Student Aid Fund.
For more information, contact Ruth Fulton at 204-7913.
United Way agencies
Employees can earmark their donations to Temple’s United Way campaign for one of 11 local fundraising groups working to raise money on behalf of Philadelphia service agencies. Here is a summary of each:
Founded in 1987, AIDS Fund supports Greater Philadelphia groups that provide direct care to HIV/AIDS patients and promote HIV/AIDS education and prevention. During the last 17 years, AIDS Fund has raised more than $11 million and is the largest private donor to AIDS service organizations in the region. For more information, visit www.aidsfundphilly.org.
Bread and Roses Community Fund
This group’s charge is change — not charity. A public foundation, Bread and Roses distributes $300,000 each year to groups battling for social and economic justice throughout the Delaware Valley. During its 33-year history, the foundation has supported groups fighting for broader access to health care, a clean, safe environment, increased voter registration and civil and human rights. For more information, visit www.breadrosesfund.org.
Catholic Charities Appeal
From teenagers to senior citizens, Catholic Charities Appeal funds agencies that administer to an array of needs. Its abiding mission is to support the dignity of the individual and the central role of the family in life and society, regardless of faith, age, race, gender, handicap, national or ethnic origin or ability to pay. For more information, visit www.cca-phl.org.
Environmental Fund for Pennsylvania
Founded in 1991, the EFP joins 17 state organizations with a commitment to preserve Pennsylvania’s natural resources. It funds programs that benefit the Philadelphia community in a variety of ways—from cleaner waterways to safer food supply chains. For more information, visit www.greentreks.org.
Federation Allied Jewish Appeal
The leading Jewish fundraising organization of the Philadelphia area, FAJA is dedicated to meeting the educational, social and cultural needs of the community. Its advocacy has three focuses: its Center for Jewish Life and Learning; its Center for Social Responsibility; and its Center for Israel and Overseas. For more information, visit www.jewishphilly.org.
Temple University Community Service Fund
Hoping to strengthen nonprofit and volunteer organizations near Temple’s campuses, this fund provides emergency grants from $200 to $1,000 to neighboring agencies each year.
Temple University Emergency Student Aid Fund
This fund distributes grants of up to $200 to students in need of financial assistance for personal emergencies that prevent them from attending classes. Money is available to any registered student who demonstrates financial need arising from a personal hardship and may cover things like textbooks, tuition or emergency medical expenses.
Temple University Hospital
Temple Hospital provides an environment for the highest quality patient care, teaching, training and research while treating 20,000 inpatients and 150,000 outpatients annually. Each year, the Hospital collects funds to support these functions and maintain its commitment to meeting the healthcare needs of the city’s poor while simultaneously meeting the special needs of the entire region. For more information, visit http://www.health.temple.edu/tuh.
Temple University Children’s Medical Center
With specialty programs in primary pediatric care, asthma, endocrinology, neurology, ophthalmology and orthopedics, the Children’s Medical Center cares for youth throughout the region. For more information, visit http://www.health.temple.edu/tucmc.
United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania
With more than 80 years of service to Greater Philadelphia, United Way fuels local social causes by mobilizing the power donors, volunteers and communities. Its 2003 workplace campaign raised nearly $50 million through the strength of 1,200 companies and 112,000 individual donors. Participants may give an unrestricted gift to the United Way or specify that the funds are used in one of three areas: Investing in Our Children and Youth; Building Adult Independence; and Strengthening Neighborhoods and Communities. For more information, visit www.uwsepa.org.
The nation’s oldest and largest women’s funding federation, Womens Way has championed women’s equality for more than 25 years. The fund is committed to providing women with the tools to achieve self-sufficiency and support their families. Each year, it serves more than 250,000 Delaware Valley women. For more information, visit www.womensway.org.