You can improve lives: Give to United Way to help our neighbors

November 11, 2015  //  FOUND IN: Announcements

Dear Colleagues,

Each day, United Way programs help improve lives in our community.

We want to thank all of you who have selflessly given to this year’s U-M United Way campaign. If you haven’t yet contributed, we hope you will consider making a pledge today.

To demonstrate how United Way helps our neighbors, we would like to share a recent story that really inspired us:UnitedWayHSH

Samantha, a sixth grader, is the youngest girl in a single-parent household. This past year, she attended Peace Neighborhood Center’s Alternatives for Youth After School Program, a program funded in part by United Way. When she first started, she had social issues that affected her success at school and relationships with her peers. Peace Neighborhood Center staff members identified the problem as a form of social anxiety and worked with her mother and teacher to address the issue. Fast forward to the end of the school year and she is smiling, joking, and expressing her opinion to others. She has also improved her school performance. To read her complete story, visit

Samantha is just one community member whose life improved dramatically through United Way services. There are many more out there and your donation will help make sure that stories like hers continue to be told.

Together we can reach our $1.5 million goal and support hundreds of people with healthy meals, warms beds, and so much more.

Make a pledge today by visiting our ePledge system though Wolverine Access  (in the Faculty & Staff tab under the Announcement section). Or, visit for a hard copy pledge form.

Employees who pledge $1,000 or more become members of the Leadership Givers Association and receive an invitation to a reception hosted by President Mark S. Schlissel.

For more information about the campaign, visit the campaign website at or email


Cynthia H. Wilbanks
Vice President, Government Relations
University of Michigan

T. Anthony Denton
Acting Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer
University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers