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Beginning on Monday, Oct. 2, faculty, staff and students on campus can begin contributing to the 2017 United Way campaign using a secure online web site.
USC’s annual campaign is done on line through a secure web portal, said Mary Alexander, USC’s United Way campaign coordinator. Donors can simply go to https://ep.upicsolutions.org/usc. Donors will be asked to register, then make their pledge through payroll deduction, check or credit card. Donors who used the site last year will be required to register again. The whole process should take about 5 minutes.
USC’s formal kickoff ceremony is set for Oct. 10 at noon at Davis Field. The campaign runs through Tuesday, Oct. 31. View more about United Way campaign activities occurring across campus.
More than 50 trained representatives throughout the campus have brochures, posters and other support materials to help the university faculty and staff understand how United Way funds are used in the six counties served by the United Way of the Midlands. Donors also have the option to give to more than 70 community impact partners as well.
“Basically, it boils down to four major focus areas,” said Sara Fawcett, president and CEO of the United Way of the Midlands.
Contributions are used to support education, financial stability, health and flood relief, she said.
United Way’s education funding primarily supports early childhood education, after school programs, mentoring and summer reading camps.
Financial stability dollars are used to provide services and long term housing for the homeless, free tax preparation services and support to unaccompanied youth released from foster care.
United Way funds also are earmarked to support health issues in the community such as a children’s dental clinic, home delivered meals and home health services.
Finally, following 2015’s devastating flood, United Way dollars are being used to rebuild homes damaged by the flood water. “We are seeing a lot of homes that remain uninhabitable because of mold that is making the residents very sick,” Fawcett said. “So far we have rebuilt more than 200 homes here in the Midlands.