I am both proud and excited to serve as your Chair for this year’s Purdue United Way campaign. Since coming to Purdue, I have had countless opportunities to witness the unique partnership between our campus and the Greater Lafayette area. This year’s campaign, Windows of Opportunity, presents yet another occasion to demonstrate our commitment to bettering our community. The United Way of Greater Lafayette is focused on the “cradle to career continuum” — an effort to empower every person to discover and pursue his or her path to a successful life. As members of the Purdue family and as citizens of Greater Lafayette, there are endless “windows of opportunity” to get involved and to make a difference in someone’s life.
The statistics for Tippecanoe County are sobering — more than 18 percent of children in our county live in poverty, a monthly average of more than 18,000 people receive food stamps, more than a third of kindergartners are not prepared to begin their educational journey. The United Way of Greater Lafayette partners with agencies that believe the best way to improve lives is to mobilize the caring power of our community. We are all in this together, and we are committed to strengthening our community by supporting children and families, providing for basic needs and, most importantly, working together every step of the way.
Each year, there are new and different ways to create even more value through your contributions. This year is no exception. The Lilly Endowment has once again committed to matching dollar for dollar any increase or new donation of $100 or more. Purdue Athletics and Purdue Convocations have also joined the campaign and have committed to adding special gifts for those whose gifts qualify.
Purdue achieved great success in 2014 and exceeded our financial goal, but we’re raising the bar in 2015 even higher by setting our sights on a goal of $760,000 from our campus community. Boilermakers make things happen — and I am confident that with your help, we’ll not only meet our goals, we will exceed them. Participation is key, and it is my hope that everyone will contribute in some way … through time, talents and/or treasure.
2015 Purdue United Way Campaign Chair
Vice President for Public Affairs