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F&M’s United Way Campaign: Won’t You Help?

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The annual Franklin & Marshall College United Way Campaign has begun. The campaign runs through Nov. 21.

In these times, when families are struggling to make ends meet and there is gridlock on Wall Street and in Washington, it is important to remember those in our community who are in need.

All employees have received a donation packet. Last year, College faculty and staff donated $27,679 for local groups supported by the United Way. That represents a 16 percent increase in donations over the previous year. However, that number also represents only 14 percent participation. This year’s goal is to raise participation to 25 percent.

“We understand the tough economic times in which we live, but the United Way’s work does not stop. In fact, it becomes even more vital,” said Helen Bowman, vice president of finance and treasurer of the College and United Way supporter.

Here is a list of some of the local organizations that rely on United Way funds:

Adamstown YMCA

AIDS Community Alliance

American Red Cross of the Susquehanna Valley

The ARC of Lancaster County

Big Brothers Big Sister

Boys Scouts (PA Dutch Council)

Boys & Girls Club

Catholic Charities

Clare House

Community Action Program

Community Services of Organized Labor

Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse

For a complete list, visit the United Way Web page.