United Way letters to retirees, Vanguards to be mailed

July 31, 2014  

Next week, Purdue's retirees and Vanguard donors will receive mailed pledge packets at their home addresses as part of pacesetter efforts for this year's United Way of Greater Lafayette Campaign.

This year's overall campaign theme is education, with United Way as a bridge that helps tackle the challenges of early childhood education -- including poverty, health, food and safety -- that leave children behind. The Purdue United Way Campaign's theme is "Success Starts Here: Live United" as the community unites around tackling the challenges of early childhood education.

Vanguard donors are those who have previously donated $1,000 or more per household per year to United Way. Vanguards' donations ensure that 100 percent of all other donations directly benefit the 23 United Way participating organizations and other United Way programs, which serve children, adults and families in Tippecanoe and many surrounding counties.

“Every donation makes a difference in our community,” says Leah Jamieson, chair of the 2014 Purdue United Way Campaign and the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering.

“Additionally, this year the Eli Lilly Endowment will provide a dollar-for-dollar match on any new gift of over $100 and a dollar-for-dollar match on any increase over last year for gifts that exceed $100.”

The campus-wide Purdue United Way Campaign will kick off officially on Sept. 11. The campaign will last until Nov. 19.

The Purdue campaign's goal is $755,000, which is 15 percent of the United Way of Greater Lafayette's goal of $5 million. Julie Griffith, vice president for public affairs, is the vice chair.

Vanguard donors who return their pledge cards before Sept. 1 will not receive another card during the campus-wide campaign.

For more information about the Purdue United Way Campaign, contact Parks at aparks1@purdue.edu.

Writer: Amanda Hamon Kunz, 49-61325, ahamon@purdue.edu

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