Memorial employees make an impact with United Way
In 2015 Memorial University employees contributed almost $30,000 through the annual payroll deduction campaign to support the United Way of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Memorial is a founding supporter of United Way Newfoundland and Labrador and is committed to this important partnership. A local, not-for-profit organization, United Way was formed by the community ten years ago and has established itself as a focused and efficient fundraiser.
Dr. Doreen Neville, associate vice-president, academic planning, priorities and programs, is a proud contributor through Memorial’s payroll deduction program.
“What I love about the United Way is their unique ability to take many perspectives from the community and get consensus on the greatest areas of need,” said Dr. Neville. “The committee structure that’s set up locally includes representatives from a broad range of areas who are highly qualified and knowledgeable about socio-economic issues in the province. So, when they deliberate and decide where the funds are needed most, I feel confident that my contribution – no matter how big or small – has a real impact.”
Dr. Neville is referring to the United Way Community Fund. That fund has three focus areas and within these categories fit a range of important registered charities in Newfoundland and Labrador. Broadly, these three focus areas can be described as: moving people out of poverty by addressing basic human needs, improving access to social and health support services, and childhood learning and development.
The United Way has structured their program to also allow individuals to choose their preferred registered charities as an alternative or in addition to the general community fund. In terms of the program at Memorial, selecting these different options is easily done through the payroll deduction form available on the university’s United Way web page. The end result is giving that allows maximum input and impact.
“When you make a donation to the United Way Community Fund, your dollar supports not one, but dozens of charities across Newfoundland and Labrador,” said alumna Tammy Davis, executive director, United Way Newfoundland and Labrador. “These charities look to United Way for support for key projects they are unable to fund independently. Projects integral to ensuring our province is truly great for everyone. Our donor support -- your support -- is what makes these projects and programs possible and ultimately what creates a better province for us all. Together we are possibility.”
If you are a Memorial University employee and would like to join the Memorial United Way team by giving through payroll deduction in 2016, visit: http://www.mun.ca/mununitedway/support/payroll.php. To start automatic deductions in January 2016, simply print and complete the deduction form (on legal size paper), insert it into an envelope and either place it in internal mail or hand deliver it to the Payroll Office on the fourth floor of the Arts and Administration Building. The deadline to sign up is Nov. 27.