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Release: Immediate

UI United Way Campaign Underway "Helping Here at Home"

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa's participation in United Way's 1998 "Helping Here at Home" campaign kicks off this week with a mailing to 21,000 full- and part-time UI employees. All employees will receive brochures and pledge cards from the nonprofit organization which assists more than 40 different agencies and services in Johnson County.

In addition, more than 60 UI faculty and staff have been identified as ambassadors to support contribution campaign efforts across campus. Ambassadors were selected based on their affiliation with United Way agencies.

The UI community plays a vital role in United Way's impact on local human service agencies, directly supporting those in need through giving. Also, more than 50 UI offices have collaborated in 145 different projects with United Way agencies. Partnerships provide practical experience for UI students while providing agencies with needed personnel for serving clients. Many United Way agencies provide programs to their clients that encourage health and wellness, promote self-sufficiency and build knowledge and skills.

"The administrative costs of United Way are very low, allowing 87 cents out of every dollar to be distributed to community agencies," note Kenneth Moore and Bob Wiley who serve as campaign co-chairs for the UI.

Moore adds, "We are very grateful to those who gave last year. This year we're encouraging those who have never given to join in by contributing a "dollar-per-week" through UI payroll deduction. And those who have pledged before are encouraged to increase their giving by another dollar-per-week." Monthly payroll deductions won't begin until Jan. 1, 1999.

In addition to payroll deduction, UI employees can choose from a number of other options for giving, such as a cash gift, direct billing from United Way, automatic deduction from a checking account, or credit card payment. All UI employees who make a pledge to United Way are automatically eligible for prize drawings.

"By supporting the United Way of Johnson County you can be sure that you're helping people in your own community. Contributions to United Way are "an investment in the community as they help to improve the quality of life for us all," says Jane Hoshi, assistant director for special projects and outreach in the UI Office of University Relations and coordinator of the UI annual campaign.

"It's amazing to me what just one dollar per week can provide," Moore says. "It includes three nights of safety for a battered woman and her child; two full days of training for an unskilled worker; one year's worth of breakfasts for a child in day care."

For more information about the United Way campaign, call the United Way of Johnson County at (319) 338-7823.