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United Way Campaign

Dear Faculty and Staff,

Fall kicks off the annual United Way and Northwest Ohio Community Shares Campaign at Bowling Green State University.

Both organizations have been hard at work engaging our community and developing solutions for the issues facing our neighbors. With your help and support, we can create further positive change in our community. Your gift aids local organizations in meeting needs and improving Wood County for all residents.

For 2014, our goal is an increased percentage of overall particpation for both our active University employees and our retirees. United Way in Wood County has launched LIVE UNITED 2020, a five year plan to address the most pressing issues in our community, including:

  • School Readiness: The first years of a child's life are the most important years for building a strong foundation for future success in school and life.
    Yet, only 50% of Wood County children are prepared to enter kindergarten. United Way is committed to increasing the number of children who enter kindergarten ready to succeed.
  • Homelessness: Homelessness is an urgent, but often unseen, need in Wood County.  United Way is working with a cross-sector coalition to create a long-term, local solution.
  • Dental Care: The health of our citizens is a strong indicator of the health of our community. With 19% of children and 45% of low-income adults not receiving regular dental care, United Way is focused on increasing access to oral healthcare.

At Bowling Green State University, we are proud to support United Way and Northwest Ohio Community Shares. This is your opportunity to be vested in the communities where we live and work.

We are longtime advocates for supporting United Way and our community. Your participation in supporting our community is very important. Please consider making a donation at a level you are comfortable with, whether it is a single gift or a donation made through monthly payroll deductions.

Please join us in helping local families become and stay financially stable, improve education, early learning, access to healthy environments, and our entire community by making a donation this year to the BGSU United Way/Northwest Ohio Community Shares campaign.

Thank you.

Sara A. Bushong
2014 BGSU United Way Committee Co-Chair
Dean, University Libraries

Jill Carr
2014 BGSU United Way Committee Co-Chair
Vice President for Student Affairs