CONTACT: VERA L. DORDICK
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0017; fax (319) 384-0024
UI launches campaign to support United Way of Johnson County
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa employees can help those in need
by participating in the university division of the 1997-98 campaign for
the United Way of Johnson County.
UI participation in the campaign, "Helping Here at Home,"
begins Wednesday, Oct. 1 and runs through the month.
"We hope more faculty and staff will participate in this campaign
because last year the UI ranked 11th among the Big 10 in giving to the
United Way," says Bruce Gronbeck, professor of communications studies
and co-chair of the university division of the campaign. "Only 4
percent of faculty and staff gave to the United Way last year. Our goal
is to increase participation to 10 percent and increase the amount of money
raised by 10 percent," he says.
"We earn our livelihoods from the citizens of this state, yet we've
got a weak record of supporting the broad range of Iowans in trouble,"
It's easy to forget that need exists everywhere, including Johnson County.
"You can get caught up in your own life and not realize that every
day, people are in crisis and need counseling, food, housing or medical
care," says Kenneth Moore, director of the UI Central Microscopy Research
Facility, current president of the Staff Council and campaign co-chair.
"By supporting the United Way you can be sure that you're helping
the members of your own community," Moore says. "The administrative
costs of United Way are also very low -- 87.1 cents out of every dollar
is distributed to community agencies," he adds.
In early October, all UI employees will receive brochures and pledge
cards from the United Way. A number of options are available for giving:
a cash gift, payroll deduction, direct billing from the United Way of
Johnson County, automatic deduction from a checking account, or a credit
card payment. Donors can also designate their gifts to a specific community
Every employee who returns a pledge card to the United Way will also
be eligible for prize drawings, Moore explains. Give-aways include a punch
card for the Fitness Loft in the UI Fieldhouse, tickets to a Hancher performance,
UI Alumni Association T-shirts and other items.
For more information about the campaign, call the United Way of Johnson
County at 338-7823.