Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Support of local United Way Campaign helps uphold the quality of life for residents of our region

Chillicothe Campus members again have an opportunity to make an impact in our community by contributing to the United Way of Ross County through donation forms that are being distributed in employee mailboxes. Faculty and Staff can contribute to the United Way through a one-time donation or through payroll deduction.

Last year, OU-C faculty and staff members donated more than $3,400 to the campaign, which was second in the county-wide education division. Dean Martin Tuck said, “It would be nice to increase that amount and finish first this year.”

Supporting this effort offers an impactful and cost-effective way to uphold the quality of life for area residents, which is also the mission of the Chillicothe Campus. To ensure the money is well spent, United Way funds programs, rather than agencies. The programs fall under three themes: Education (Helping children and youth achieve their potential), Income (Promoting financial stability and independence) or Health (Improving people’s lives). Further, 99 percent of donations support initiatives, with only 1 percent toward administrative costs.

In 2014, the Ross County United Way provided funding for 30 programs that were provided by 18 local agencies. The campus’ Child Development Center benefitted through the free book program that was sponsored by the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which received United Way funding.

Among other local program providers are the American Red Cross, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, YMCA, Hope Clinic, National Church Residence and others.

Campus members have regularly shown their support for their neighbors in our region. As a regional campus, OU-C has a special relationship with its community. Supporting this effort allows OU-C campus members to once again take an active role in this endeavor.

Dean Tuck ( and campus Resource Development Director Joyce Atwood ( are co-chairing the Education Division of the campaign. Faculty and staff should feel free to contact them with any questions.    

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