United Way campaign gets under way

The 2017 Johns Hopkins University United Way campaign got off to an official start on Thursday, when the university community received an email from President Ronald J. Daniels and School of Nursing Dean Patricia Davidson, who is chair of this year's campaign.

This partnership with the United Way of Central Maryland, they said, is "one vibrant example of the ways our university strives to engage with our surrounding communities and connect with our neighbors."

In each of the past several years, the Johns Hopkins community has raised more than $2.2 million to support United Way's critical efforts to improve the lives of those in need.

When making an online pledge, employees can choose one or more recipients of their pledges, whether they prefer to designate a nonprofit whose work resonates with them personally or the Johns Hopkins Neighborhood Fund, which supports nonprofits near Johns Hopkins campuses that address needs in community revitalization, education, employment, health, and public safety. Pledges can be made directly on the Johns Hopkins United Way website or through payroll deduction.

During the campaign period, divisions and offices will be raising funds with a variety of activities, including the annual Chili Cook-off/Bake-Off, now in its 15th year. Hopkins Got Talent—a fundraiser showcasing performances by talented employees—will be introduced this year.

In addition, representatives of agencies receiving United Way funding will be visiting with employees to share stories of how they have benefited.

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