Organizers of SMU’s 2016 United Way Campaign are seeking to raise awareness of how a little money can go a long way for the agencies and programs it supports. This year’s campaign takes place from Nov. 1-30.
Individuals can make their donations either directly to the United Way or to a partner agency of their choice through their personalized United eWay login, which will be sent each week in November via e-mail.
This year, the SMU campaign’s Day of Impact volunteer opportunity will take place at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC), according to SMU co-chairs Paul Krueger and Tim Norris. DCAC provides investigation, intervention and treatment services, free of charge, for more than 4,000 of Dallas’ most severely abused children and non-offending family members.
The 2016 campaign also includes a return of the popular Toys for Tickets program from Nov. 1-30, presented by the SMU Staff Association and SMU Parking and ID Card Services. Faculty, staff and students can redeem their unpaid parking tickets in exchange for new, nonviolent, unwrapped toys of equal or greater value. All donations will go to DCAC.
• You can also sign up as an SMU In2Books ePal and help a child develop a lifelong love for reading – without even leaving your home. The program matches each volunteer with a 3rd or 4th grader from a high-need school in the Dallas Independent School District. The volunteer and student read the same five books and then share their thoughts about those stories through online communication. The program launched in October and continues through the end of the school year in May. Register online through the United Way.
• The University’s 2013 United Way campaign continues through Friday, Nov. 22. To make a gift, find your customized login code in your next United Way reminder e-mail, arriving Thursday, Nov. 14, and use it at the United Way’s eWay site.
Even after the campaign ends, faculty and staff members can make United Way contributions through the end of the 2013 tax year. For details, contact Robert Garrett, firstname.lastname@example.org.