Leah H. Jamieson
I am very proud to serve as your chair for the Purdue United Way campaign this year. In my 38 years at Purdue, I have had countless opportunities to see how important Purdue is to our community, and how important our community is to Purdue. One of the places we see this interplay is through United Way. Year after year, the annual United Way campaign is stronger because of the generosity of Purdue faculty, staff, retirees, and students. At the same time, many at Purdue benefit from local United Way services and programs.
The United Way campaign this year is focused on education. We are highlighting United Way’s work to assure that all children have better access to early childhood education, including tackling the challenges of poverty, health, food, and safety that can hold children back. Needs in our community continue to grow, and are outpacing the ability of the 23 United Way participating organizations and related programs such as Kindergarten Countdown Camp and Read to Succeed to meet those needs. Education is a theme that is a great match for Purdue, so I hope it will resonate with you.
There is also some great news for our donors this year. The Eli Lilly endowment will match dollar-for-dollar every new gift of over $100 and dollar-for-dollar any increase over last year for every gift that exceeds $100. This makes your donation go even further! Purdue Convos is also offering discounts on selected tickets when you increase your gift.
Our Purdue goal of $755,000 is lofty, but Purdue never lets our community down. Please join me by giving again – or become a United Way supporter for the first time. We are united in the belief that success really does start here.
Very truly yours,
Leah H. Jamieson
2014 Purdue United Way Campaign Chair
The John A. Edwardson Dean, College of Engineering