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2017–18 Employee Campaign Raises More Money Than in Previous Five Years

Wesleyan’s 2017–18 United Way Campaign capped off another successful year, posting the highest numbers—both in participation and in amount pledged—since 2012.

According to Campus Coordinator Paul Turenne, more than 400 Wesleyan employees, retired faculty and authorized vendors (including 38 “Leadership Givers” pledging $1,000 or more) participated. Together they donated a total of $122,150 in support of United Way programs in Middlesex County and throughout the state.

Contributing to this year’s increased giving was the implementation of lessons learned from previous years, including moving campaign dates earlier (Oct.1–31) in order to avoid competing with other fundraising initiatives and streamlining the donation process to ensure donors were being reached through the channels that made the most sense for them.

Wesleyan Faculty, Staff Named United Way Coordinators of the Year

Wesleyan has set at a goal of raising $130,000 through its annual United Way workplace campaign, which kicked-off Oct. 6.

Middlesex United Way held its annual awards program May 5 at the Middletown Elks Lodge, and among the honorees were campaign “Coordinators of the Year:” Associate Professor of Biology Gloster Aaron and Provost Joyce Jacobsen, who served as Wesleyan’s campaign co-chairs this year, and Cathy Lechowicz, director of the Jewett Center for Community Partnerships.

Middlesex United Way also awarded Rob Rosenthal, director of the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life and the John E. Andrus Professor of Sociology, with the Community Leadership Award in January. Bill Holder, director of University Communications, is president of the Middlesex United Way Board.

Since 2001, Wesleyan employees have donated more than $1.7 million to the organization. Read more online here.

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Middlesex United Way “Coordinators of the Year” include Gloster Aaron, Cathy Lechowicz and Joyce Jacobsen.

In accepting the award, the three chatted on stage with the M.C. of the event, former local television reporter Jamie Muro, and they discussed their reasons for supporting Middlesex United Way.

In accepting the award, the three chatted on stage with the M.C. of the event, former local television reporter Jamie Muro, and they discussed their reasons for supporting Middlesex United Way.

Rosenthal Honored by United Way for Community Leadership

Rob Rosenthal, director of the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life and the John E. Andrus Professor of Sociology, was honored with the Community Leadership Award during the Middlesex United Way Annual Meeting on Jan. 28. 

Rob Rosenthal, director of the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life and the John E. Andrus Professor of Sociology, was honored with the Community Leadership Award during the Middlesex United Way Annual Meeting on Jan. 28. Rosenthal was honored for founding Wesleyan’s Service-Learning Center, focused on connecting faculty to the community through coursework, and for his efforts leveraging university resources and expertise to partner with community organizations to meet community needs.

Wesleyan Seeks to Raise $120K for Middlesex United Way

Wesleyan employees are once again being encouraged to participate in the annual Middlesex United Way campaign.

The university’s goal this year is to raise $120,000 in donations and 50 percent participation. For the first time this year, all donations can be made online through employees’ portfolios.

The campaign is being co-chaired by Gloster Aaron, associate professor of biology, associate professor of neuroscience and behavior, and Joyce Jacobsen, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, Andrews Professor of Economics.

Wesleyan Campaign Raises Funds to Support Middlesex United Way

The Middlesex United Way supports more than 35 local agencies.Wesleyan employees increased both giving and participation in this year’s campaign to support the Middlesex United Way, raising more than $111,000 for the local community.

More than 400 Wesleyan staff and faculty members gave this year, about a 36 percent participation rate, according to Campaign Coordinator Cathy Lechowicz, director of the Center for Community Partnerships.

An online auction also raised more than $600, and some lucky employees won gift certificates to local restaurants—including Haveli India Restaurant, Esca Restaurant, Luce, Nardelli’s, Mondo, and Sweet Harmony Café & Bakery—a night at the Inn at Middletown, a golf foursome at the Yale Golf Course (donated by the company Ricoh), a Waring Bar Blender (donated by EBP Supply Solutions), and a consultation with Amy Bloom, director of the Shapiro Center for Creative Writing.

Wesleyan Encourages Faculty, Staff to Give During Middlesex United Way Campaign

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Roseann Sillasen, associate director and project manager of Physical Plant-Facilities, and Tracy Mehr-Muska, university Protestant chaplain, paint on the sidewalk at Farm Hill School during United Way’s Day of Caring, Oct. 3, 2012.

This fall, in the lead-up to Thanksgiving, Wesleyan employees are encouraged to participate in the university’s annual fundraising campaign to support the Middlesex United Way.

The university’s goal this year is $130,000 in donations and 50 percent participation. Department representatives have already distributed informational packets and pledge forms to faculty and staff. Forms must be returned by Nov. 20.

The Middlesex United Way supports agencies in 15 cities and towns.

The Middlesex United Way supports agencies in 15 cities and towns.

In an email to the campus community, President Michael Roth wrote, “When you give to Middlesex United Way, your dollars stay local. United Way’s local volunteers distribute your dollars to help neighbors in need—neighbors such as 60 Middletown families at risk of homelessness who remained in their homes thanks to one-time assistance through the Middlesex County Coalition on Housing and Homelessness Prevention Fund. Our dollars have helped the Women & Families Center’s Sexual Assault Crisis Services support more than 800 people, and have contributed to school readiness programs for young children in all 15 towns in Middlesex County.”

Wesleyan Employees Encouraged to Give to Middlesex United Way

Wesleyan Employee Campaign co-chair Karen Warren says her family has benefited from a United Way agency for eight years.

Wesleyan Employee Campaign co-chair Karen Warren says her family has benefited from a United Way agency for eight years.

This month, Wesleyan employees have the opportunity to help their local community by participating in the university’s annual Middlesex United Way fundraising campaign.

Wesleyan staff and faculty members already received informational packets and department representatives are collecting funds for the organization.

“Although all of us have many organizations we support, our gifts to United Way raise Wesleyan’s collective voice in support of programs that help our Middlesex County neighbors in need,” said Wesleyan President Michael Roth in an all-campus e-mail. “Wesleyan faculty and staff have long been known as contributors to this community endeavor – a tradition worthy of renewed effort.”

Wesleyan Employee Campaign co-chairs Karen Warren, director of user and technical services, and Valerie Nye, manager of financial reporting, have set Wesleyan’s goal at $130K. They hope to return Wesleyan to the participation level of pre-recession days. Although Wesleyan is one of the largest contributors to the Middlesex United Way, the university’s giving has dropped more than $10K per year over the past five years.

“This is obviously largely attributable to the economy. However as there have been small gains in the economic climate, that has not been reflected in our United Way campaign,” Nye said. “Wesleyan has a long-standing relationship with the community, which is, of course, integral to our identity. We want to continue to foster that spirit with our United Way campaign.”

Warren is “constantly grateful” for the Northern Middlesex County YMCA, one of United Way’s local agencies.

“Do Something Big” by Participating in United Way Campaign

Wesleyan's United Way Employee Campaign goal is $120,000.

Wesleyan’s United Way Employee Campaign goal is $120,000.

This year, Wesleyan employees can “do something big” by participating in the annual Middlesex United Way Campaign.

The campaign supports education, income, health and housing issues in Middlesex County through more than 30 agencies in the area. These include YMCA of Northern Middlesex County, Women and Families Center, Shoreline Soup, Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater, Middletown Adult Education, the John J. Driscoll United Labor Agency, Inc., Habitat for Humanity, MARC Community Resources, Community Health Center Mobile Dental Program and more. Last year, United Way helped Amazing Grace serve 10,986 hungry neighbors.

This year’s theme is “Do Something Big” and the Wesleyan Employee Campaign monetary goal is $120,000. The campaign co-chairs are Stacy Baldwin, construction project coordinator, and Dave Hall, grounds and events manager for Physical Plant – Facilities.

“If you have donated in the past, please consider stepping up in your donation. Just $1 more per week can really make a difference.” Baldwin said.

Wesleyan President Michael Roth said the campaign makes a great deal of difference for young people throughout Middlesex County. “Thanks to an effort led by United Way (working with schools, agencies, and local governments) there’s been a 25 percent reduction in substance abuse among teenagers in the county within the past few years,” Roth wrote in an all-campus e-mail on Oct. 26. “That number, noteworthy as it is, doesn’t begin to tell the story of young lives changed for the better – or describe the benefits we all experience when substance abuse and its attendant problems are lessened. Remarkable work like this depends upon our support.”

Employees can make a one-time donation or sign up for payroll deduction. Making a gift to a specific funding partner requires a minimum annual pledge of $52. Forms will be sent through campus mail.

“Middlesex United Way is a community effort,” Roth wrote. “The dollars used to help our neighbors in need come from us. From homelessness to health to family literacy, Middlesex United Way is addressing issues important to all of us.”

Wesleyan Raises Funds for Food Pantry through International Bake Sale

Sherri Condon, accounting specialist in Auxiliary Operations and Campus Services, displays a tray of Canadian sugar cookies during the International Bake Sale Nov. 14 in Usdan University Center. Through baked goods and pumpkin pie sales, Wesleyan raised $900 for the Amazing Grace Food Pantry in Middletown.

Sherri Condon, accounting specialist in Auxiliary Operations and Campus Services, displays a tray of Canadian sugar cookies during the International Bake Sale Nov. 14 in Usdan University Center. Through baked goods and pumpkin pie sales, Wesleyan raised $900 for the Amazing Grace Food Pantry in Middletown.

United Way Employee Campaign Begins: Goal $135,000

Through the 76th annual Employee Campaign, Wesleyan hopes to raise more than $135,000 for the Middlesex United Way.

Since January, Middlesex United Way has helped keep more than 170 families from becoming homeless, and its support of area food pantries and soup kitchens has helped them provide more than 780,000 meals to hungry Middlesex County residents.

And since 1935, Wesleyan employees have responded to the needs of the community by participating in the annual United Way Employee Campaign. This year’s goal is to top $135,000.

“It is more important than ever for us at Wesleyan to show support for the larger community of which we are a part,” said President Roth in an all-campus e-mail. “In today’s economy, in which those in the lower half of the income scale are in especial difficulty, community support is more important than ever. Many of our neighbors are in need, and the United Way is the means through which we can help them.”

Professor Bill Johnston is serving as campaign chair this year. Johnston is professor of history, professor of East Asian Studies, chair of the Asian Languages and Literatures Department and professor of science in society.

“I’m asking that employees give just $2 a week or $104 a year, he says. “That small gift can do so much for people in our community.”

Johnston also asks those who give regularly to consider increasing their donation.

United Way has begun a “Five Year Goals for the Common Good” plan in the areas of education, income, health and housing. The organization supports Habitat for Humanity, the John J. Driscoll United Labor Agency, Middlesex Hospital, Middletown Youth Services Bureau, Amazing Grace food pantry, the YMCA of Northern Middlesex Country and others. The full directory is online here. The mission of Middlesex United Way is to mobilize the caring power of communities to strengthen lives and help people.

Wesleyan employees will soon receive a United Way form from their department representative. Donors can make a one-time gift or make weekly or monthly pledges.

For more information on United Way, visit their website, http://www.middlesexunitedway.org/.

 

“Share Your Good Fortune” in Wesleyan’s 75th United Way Campaign

During the Middlesex United Way Wesleyan Employee Campaign kick-off event Sept. 28, Wesleyan President Michael Roth was asked to break the ceremonial fortune cookie. Pictured at right are campaign co-chairs Mike Sciola, director of the Career Resource Center, and Shawn Hill, desktop support specialist and art workshops technology administrator. Roth, a tri-chair of the Middlesex United Way’s 75th campaign, read the campaign message, “Share Your Good Fortune: Wesleyan United Way Campaign 1935-2010.” Wesleyan hopes to raise $125,000 in the 2010-11 campaign.

President Michael S. Roth, tri-chair of the 75th anniversary Middlesex County United Way campaign, recalled the university’s first campaign on behalf of United Way (then the Community Chest) in his Oct. 11 letter to the Wesleyan community.

Noting that times were tough as the Great Depression lingered, he said, “The response at Wesleyan was remarkable. Every member of the Wesleyan faculty and staff stepped in and donated funds to help less fortunate neighbors meet their basic needs.

Co-chair Shawn Hill asked the audience to watch a 75th anniversary United Way video titled “Live, Share, Grow, Build.”

“As then, our neighbors today are struggling in tough times. And as then, through the United Way, we can help.”

Through the campaign, Wesleyan employees “can assist a homeless family seeking shelter. We can guide young people away from risky, self-destructive behavior. We can ensure that children are ready to learn when they start school. We can support neighbors

Wesleyan Considered a Top 10 United Way Supporter

Wesleyan has set at a goal of raising $130,000 through its annual United Way workplace campaign, which kicked-off Oct. 6.

Wesleyan has set at a goal of raising $130,000 through its annual United Way workplace campaign, which kicked-off Oct. 6.

Wesleyan employees can help strengthen lives and improve community conditions in the 15 towns in Middlesex County by participating in the 2009-10 Middlesex United Way Campaign.

Wesleyan has set at a goal of raising $130,000 through its annual workplace campaign, which supports the building blocks of life – education, income, health and housing. Through the agencies it funds, United Way hopes to increase children’s readiness to learn by school entry; increase economic self-sufficiency of individuals and families; reduce the rate of risky behaviors among youth and adults; and increase the ability of individuals and families to attain affordable housing.

The campaign kicked-off Oct. 6.

“All of us can help,” Wesleyan President Michael Roth says. “We can assist a homeless family seeking shelter. We can help young people make good choices about behavior. We can ensure that children are ready to learn when they start school in our towns. We can look after neighbors who experience a devastating disruption of their lives and get them the help they need to recover. United Way supports all these efforts and much more.”

During the 2008-09 campaign, 160 local businesses and organizations, including Wesleyan, raised 65 percent of Middlesex United Way’s total during their annual workplace campaign. Wesleyan contributed $128,348, of which $1,172 was from a student bake sale.

“Wesleyan has always been a generous supporter of United Way, and the theme of ‘Live United’ speaks directly to the spirit of community service at Wes. United Way not only provides essential help for our neighbors with immediate needs, it’s also working to address the root causes of problems, such as homelessness, that people throughout Middlesex County have identified as important to solve,” says Wesleyan Campaign Chair Bill Holder, director of publications, editor of Wesleyan Magazine.

Employees can make a one-time donation or have funds withdrawn once a week, once every two weeks or once a month through Wesleyan’s payroll deduction plan. Department