The Johns Hopkins 2020 United Way employee giving campaign is underway, and participation is needed now more than ever. In-person fundraising events cannot happen this year owing to work-from-home restrictions, so you're asked to take advantage of the convenient payroll deduction option, which can be as a one-time donation or an amount divided over the course of your 2021 paychecks.
When setting up a pledge, you are asked to consider donating a minimum of $100 in order to designate your gift to any 501(c)(3) nonprofit of your choice.
In an email to faculty and staff, President Ronald J. Daniels and Bloomberg School Dean Ellen J. MacKenzie, chair of this year's campaign, reminded employees that those donating $100 or more have the option to designate their contribution to the Johns Hopkins Neighborhood Fund, which supports local nonprofits serving communities adjacent to Hopkins campuses. "At a time when COVID-19 has significantly impacted the well-being and economic stability of our communities, the Neighborhood Fund provided financial support for an array of initiatives to alleviate those challenges," they wrote. "Thanks to employee response and your generous contributions during our 2019 campaign, the Johns Hopkins Neighborhood Fund helped to provide supplies and resources including food, emergency PPE, safe transportation, and support for those suffering from domestic and child abuse."
Participation is crucial. When the pandemic struck, the United Way of Central Maryland was in a position to spring into action and help provide services to those affected in the most vulnerable communities in Baltimore. Calls to Maryland's 211 help line instantly increased by 400% and have not subsided. The challenges that communities face continue to grow and evolve during each new season of this global pandemic.
During the 2019 campaign, more than $500,000 was raised by university employees across all divisions.