United Way Campaign to kick off Oct. 15

October 8, 2018

By Kelly McKeon, Class of 2020

Clemson University’s 2018 United Way campaign will kick off Oct. 15. This year’s campaign goal is $130,000. 2018 United Way Campaign chair Monte Lee said he wants to build upon the success of campaigns in previous years.

“I have seen the good that the Clemson United Way campaigns have done in previous years,” said Lee, Clemson’s head baseball coach. “I invite all faculty and staff to join me in pledging to this campaign.”

Organizers suggest a donation of $4 each paycheck. For that donation, organizers say Clemson’s faculty and staff members can provide significant aid to people in need in the areas where they live.

Lee’s challenge

This is Lee’s first year as the chair of Clemson’s United Way campaign. “I believe in the generosity of the faculty and staff members of this university, and I think we can make a huge difference in supporting this campaign,” he said.

As an added incentive this year, Lee has created a “Rock Your Socks” challenge where first-time donors who contribute $4 per paycheck, or existing donors who increase their current donations by $4 per paycheck will earn a pair of Clemson-themed United Way socks. Participants can wear their socks to a special event hosted by Lee at the conclusion of the campaign.

How to donate

Donations to United Way can be made through payroll deduction, check (made payable to United Way), cash, or online here.

Online donors should write Clemson University in the “Employer” line. Pledge forms are due Nov. 30 to Leslie Doss, 223 Brackett Hall or Payroll deductions will begin January 2019. Donors who want to continue their United Way deductions from previous years do not need to fill out a new pledge form.

Local impact

While United Way is nationally recognized, they are locally focused. United Way donations that are made to the campaign follow the ZIP codes of the donors to help people in the donor’s communities. These donations support outcome-based programs and services where their resources can make the biggest impact.

“Clemson is usually recognized for its successful academic and athletic programs, but we also want to continue to promote our rich history of giving and our dedication to our local communities,” said Lee. “The annual United Way campaign is one of the best opportunities to do this.”

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