United Way campaign still accepting donations

The United Way can make a difference in the lives of many in the St. Louis area, but it needs help from the WUSTL community.

Washington University continues to accept donations to the annual United Way of Greater St. Louis campaign, which began Sept. 2.

The University’s goal for this year’s drive is $600,000, and those who have not yet donated are encouraged to do so as soon as possible.

The University offers employees two ways to contribute: via pledge cards, which were sent through campus mail in September, and online using the HRMS system.

WUSTL faculty and staff members who would like a second or replacement pledge card should contact Lisa Caress at 935-6087 or caresslisa@wustl.edu.

Alternatively, faculty and staff members who prefer to make a pledge online can visit hr.wustl.edu and click on HRMS Self Service. Click on Employee Self Service and select United Way Pledges. For assistance with passwords, call the Help Desk at 935-5707.

The University encourages employees to contribute using a payroll deduction but also will accept donations via cash, check and credit card.

“The United Way member agencies provide a wide variety of support and services to those in need, such as babies only a few weeks old, those in crisis needing shelter or dealing with devastating illness, the elderly who depend upon volunteers to deliver the one hot meal they will have each day, helping those whose homes have been destroyed by flooding find shelter and clothing, and so much more,” said Ann B. Prenatt, vice chancellor for human resources at WUSTL.

“Contributing to the University’s United Way campaign is an easy and efficient way to give back to the community and help assure the continuation of services that millions of people access,” Prenatt said.

Ninety percent of the contributions the United Way of Greater St. Louis receives goes to providing services for nearly 1 million people living in the St. Louis area.

That means at least 90 cents of every dollar donated is directly used to help fund nearly 200 health and human service agencies that provide job counseling and training, offer affordable child care, provide disaster relief, build safer communities and more.

For more information on the United Way of Greater St. Louis, visit stl.unitedway.org.