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United Way 2020

The Perseverance Award certificate, awarded to the University of Rochester for its 2020 United Way campaign efforts

The University kicked off the annual United Way Campaign in early March. Shortly after Mission 2020 began, the COVID-19 pandemic struck and we have all been affected in numerous ways. It has been a time of great uncertainty and great need.

Yet the University community came together to support United Way in a big way. Many volunteers were still able to help with the campaign – from their workplace and from their homes. Loyal donors still made their annual pledges. Many continuous pledge donors increased their payroll giving. University retirees mailed in generous contributions. This ongoing United Way support will collectively make a positive impact on the Rochester community during the pandemic and beyond.

We were short of goal this year, but the results remain impressive and heartwarming. The United Way of Greater Rochester recently presented the University with The Perseverance Award –For not letting COVID-19 get in the way of a successful campaign. I am humbled by the caring and commitment shown for this community, in a time when many are struggling themselves.

Thank you for your unwavering support.


Peter Robinson
Director, United Way Campaign
Vice President, Government and Community Relations
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, University of Rochester Medical Center

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