United Way Campaign launches with Day of Caring

Author: Office of Public Affairs

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Volunteers from the Mendoza College of Business clean and paint the walls and trim of a stairwell at El Campito, a child development center in South Bend. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

The United Way Campaign is officially underway. The 2022 theme is “United We Can,” because when we all pitch in, we can make a difference for people in need in St. Joseph County. 

Through the campaign, the United Way responds to the social and economic needs of our most vulnerable neighbors and provides a support system by funding more than 20 partner agencies. Plus, five percent of the campaign dollars raised at the University are deposited into the Notre Dame Compassion Fund, an emergency assistance program for faculty and staff.

A lot of good can be done when giving increases. At Notre Dame:

  • First-time faculty and staff donations of $10 a month or more will be matched by a grant to the United Way.
  • Increased giving of $10 a month or more will also be matched.
  • There’s a prize raffle for those who give for the first time or increase their giving.

On Thursday, Oct. 6, dozens of faculty and staff members marked the beginning of the United Way campaign by serving in the community. It’s the first time Notre Dame has taken part in the United Way’s Day of Caring event. The United Way dispatched Notre Dame volunteers to nonprofits throughout Michiana to do anything from organizing a pantry at the YWCA of Northern Indiana to packaging meals at Cultivate Food Rescue to painting a stairwell at El Campito to winterizing a Camp Fire River Bend campsite. The United Way funds programs at the four agencies, and about 20 others, through the annual campaign.

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