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October 19, 1998

Re: 1998-99 United Way Campaign

To: The Campus Community

From: Chancellor Greenwood

To my UC Santa Cruz Colleagues:

Year after year, UC Santa Cruz people support our local community with contributions of time and money. We volunteer and give in whatever ways we can because we all know that at some point in our lives we--or someone close to us--may need a helping hand.

Like you, I care about a safe, strong community, and know about the importance of partnerships. One of the many ways I express this is through my participation with community organizations. This year, I am serving as a United Way board member. I believe the agency plays a critical role in identifying organizations that meet the needs of local communities, and I am pleased to contribute to that effort as a member of the board of directors.

For over 50 years, the various United Way agencies have responded to human care needs by funding programs that help children at risk, the elderly, the homeless, and victims of natural disaster such as the earthquakes and floods we've experienced. Last year over 126,000 Santa Cruz County residents used United Way services.

United Way works because it is run by local volunteers. They give their time to monitor and review agencies to make sure that all United Way dollars are well spent in programs that are helping residents in our local community who need help the most.

I am proud to announce that UC Santa Cruz staff and faculty are leaders in giving to United Way. In fact, approximately 25% of UC Santa Cruz's staff and faculty contribute now. However, I'd like to challenge us to do even more.

I have asked the following people to lead this year's United Way Campaign: Gesna Clarke, Campaign Coordinator; committee members: Willeen McQuitta, Lise Bixler, Marlene Olson, Tim Goncharoff, Tammy Heinsohn, Robert Antonino. This very creative group and I have set a goal of $80,000 for this year's campaign. This is a 10% increase over the $72,520 that UC Santa Cruz employees donated last year, and we think that this is achievable. If each of us gives something, whether a small or large amount, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of so many people.

The theme of this year's national United Way campaign is The Power of U. Let's transform the theme into The Power of U-niversity. Visit our web site at http:// www2.ucsc.edu/united-way/. Learn more about how your contribution makes a difference. And thank you for your participation.


M.R.C. Greenwood

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