Live United – Saint Michael’s College United Way Campaign

We are in our final week of the United Way Campaign! Thank you to everyone who has donated so far, we have reached 43.2% participation and raised $29,495. With a few days left of envelopes arriving in the mail we can reach our goal of 55% participation!!!!

A special thank you to Infinity Brewing for hosting our United Way Wednesday gathering last week! And congratulations to our raffle winner Katie Kirby, SMC Playhouse tickets and Allison Close, chairs from the Ross Sports Center.

Our closing event is this afternoon at 3:00 p.m. in Pomerleau. Please join us for our final campaign totals, raffle prizes and some tricks-and-treats!!!!

LIVE UNITED – Saint Michael’s College United Way Campaign 2014

The campaign is off and running! After our second week we have reached 32% participation and raised $25,115.

We have hosted two kick-off breakfasts and an apple bake off! Congratulations to Nicholas Spaziani from Applied Linguistics who was our first place winner!

Our raffle prize winners to date are:
Andre Correa: St. Michael’s Sweatshirt
Samantha Cota: Dunkin Donuts Gift Card
Merry LeJean: Founder’s Hall Tote Bag
Angela Irvine: One Day of PTO
Jen Purcell: Frosted Fantasy Gift Basket and Cake
Mary Gratton: One Day of PTO

As we have mentioned we are looking to hear from you about your involvement in the community. Please share with us how you serve in the community and we will list it here on our blog!

Don’t forget to join us at our upcoming events:
Wednesday, October 22 – Social Hour, Infinity Brewing 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 29 – Closing Reception, Pomerleau Alumni Center

LIVE UNITED – 2014 Saint Michael’s College United Way Campaign

A message from the co-chairs:

We are excited to be co-chairing you in the Saint Michael’s College United Way Campaign for the second year! After getting our feet wet last year, we have decided to try something new. This year’s campaign will run from Wednesday, October 8th – Wednesday October 29th, and you will only hear from us on Wednesday’s! Think of it as United Way Wednesday’s! In addition to e-mail messaging you will be invited to participate in United Way events:

October 9: Kick-Off Breakfast and Brunch
6:30 a.m. Vermont Room9:00 a.m. Roy Event Room, Dion Family Student Center
October 15: Apple Bake-Off
Noon, Archway Lounge 3rd Floor Dion Family Student Center
Contact Jane Viens (jviens@smcvt.edu) to enter your baked goods!
October 22: Happy Hour
4:30 p.m. Location TBD
October 29: Closing Reception
3:00 p.m. Roy Event Room, Dion Family Student Center

Another aspect of this year’s campaign is you … we want to hear from you and learn more about the ways SMC faculty and staff are making our community a better place to live. Throughout the campaign we will have a running list of the various non-profits and agencies our community volunteer with and support. Please share any of your volunteering successes stories with us on your United Way envelope when you return your pledge form or e-mail David (dbarrowclough@smcvt.edu) or Allison (agardner@smcvt.edu).

Our last new feature of the campaign is our very own hashtag! Please use #smcvtuww when attending an event, snap a photo of your pledge envelope before you return it, or share a photo of you volunteering in the community. These posts and photos will be scrolling to the right of our blog throughout the campaign!

Thank you!
Saint Michael’s College United Way Co-Chairs
David Barrowclough and Allison Gardner

LIVE UNITED – 2014 Saint Michael’s College United Way Campaign

A message from the President:

It is my pleasure to invite all members of the Saint Michael’s community to join together for the kickoff of our 2014 United Way Campaign on Thursday, October 9 at 9:00 a.m. with brunch in the Dion Family Student Center, or at the third-shift kick-off breakfast, Thursday, October 9 at 6:30 a.m. in the Vermont Room.
This will be the start of an exciting one-month campaign, ending on Wednesday, October 29, under the leadership of our United Way Committee, co-chaired by David Barrowclough and Allison Gardner.  A closing event is scheduled for the 29th at 3:00 p.m. (more details will be sent out as we get closer to the date.) Committee members are Angie Armour, George Ashline, Donna Bozzone, Steve Burks, Marilyn Cormier, Mary Beth Doyle, Lisa Lagerquist, Dave Landers, Mark Litchfield,  Mike New, Rob Robinson, Kendra Smith, Laura Stroup, Jerry Swope, Jane Viens and Tobin Weltin.  The committee has come up with the theme “United Way Wednesdays” which means that you will only hear from them on Wednesdays – each with a theme, during the month of October.
The College is a strong supporter of United Way and has been for many years, and our goal is to maintain the participation rate of 55%! The focus of the campaign this year will be on the strong connections that Saint Michael’s College has to the United Way. We are asking students, faculty and staff to reflect about what the United Way means to them – these messages will be communicated during the campaign.  We’re also reaching out to those employees who have a history of giving – we will be asking these ambassadors to visit with their coworkers to share the reason they give.  By taking a more grassroots approach, we hope to drive participation and make giving a more meaningful and personal experience. To highlight the United Way campaign activities and the spirit of volunteerism that already thrives on campus, we will be using the hashtag #smcvtuww. Please use #smcvtuww when participating in a United Way event or sharing your story about what the United Way means to you.
Saint Michael’s staff and faculty have made generous United Way donations in the past; the need for your support is greater than it has been before. Your contribution—of any size—helps show how much we care about others in our area, individuals who simply have less than we.  I encourage your participation in all aspects of the United Way Campaign, and I look forward to seeing you at the Community Kickoff at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 9, in the Dion Family Student Center.  Thank you!