Not much time left to give to United Way

Always a pacesetter among Rochester employers, the University will close its 1997 United Way campaign at the end of this month, just as the Rochester area begins its month-long April campaign. "We plan an earlier campaign to coincide with the academic schedule here," says Lenora Colaruotolo, the University's United Way campaign coordinator. "This gives us plenty of time for faculty, staff, and retirees to make a donation to the United Way. By making even a small monetary gift, we contribute not only to the well being of the Greater Rochester community, but also to our sense of the University community as a giving one."

The United Way funds programs in five priority impact areas: Success by 6, Kids on Track, Strengthening Families, Helping Seniors, and Overcoming Disabilities. Donors can make a blanket gift to the United Way, which the agency would use to support all five impact areas. (Many of the areas include services provided by the University, such as the Mt. Hope Family Center.) Donors can also specify that a donation go to a specific impact area or a particular agency.

"Everyone should return a pledge card to their volunteer by the end of the month, whether or not they choose to donate," says Colaruotolo. "All information remains confidential."

The Rochester area campaign includes a Day of Caring, scheduled for May 1. Anyone wishing to donate their time on that day to work with a service agency in the community, should contact the United Way of Rochester, 454-2770, extension 211.

The University has a hotline to answer questions anyone may have on the United Way and its programs, Colaruotolo says. That number is x3-4722.

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