SMU’s 2016 United Way campaign seeks to raise awareness, involvement along with cash

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas logoOrganizers 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.

> Visit the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas online

Toys for Tickets 2016This 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.

> Find a list of requested toys at

For more information on how to make a United Way gift, contact Mary Tays. More information on this year’s campaign will appear in e-mail from SMU United Way and in future Forum posts.

2013 United Way campaign continues with service to seniors Nov. 22

Peruna and SMU cheerleaders at 2013 DISD Reading Day with the United Way
SMU cheerleaders, including Peruna, joined the United Way and dozens of University faculty, staff and alumni for DISD Reading Day at Lorenzo de Zavala Elementary School in West Dallas. SMU’s 2013 United Way Day of Impact is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 22 at C.C. Young Senior Living.

As SMU’s 2013 United Way campaign continues, faculty and staff members have even more opportunities to “Give, Advocate and Volunteer” in the Dallas community.

• University community members will play games and socialize with residents of C.C. Young Senior Living at 4847 W. Lawther Drive in Dallas, 9:30 a.m.-noon Friday, Nov. 22. The volunteers will also present SMU-themed bingo prizes and other giveaways. There’s still time to join the group; register online through the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.

• 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,

Sign up for SMU’s 2013 Day of Impact with the United Way