United Way Organizers Looking for BC to 'Come Through' Again

United Way Organizers Looking for BC to 'Come Through' Again

The downturn of the area's economy has created a formidable task for this year's Boston College United Way Campaign, according to Burns Librarian Robert K. O'Neill, chairman of the annual drive that began this month.

"Demand for health and human services is rising sharply in the wake of a slowing economy and reductions in state funding," he said. "But I have every confidence that the Boston College community will come through once again with their support of United Way."

Support for Boston College's United Way Campaign has traditionally been strong, O'Neill said, noting that the University has ranked at the top of local academic institutions in terms of employee participation. "At Boston College the motto, 'educating men and women in service to others' is more than just a slogan. It's a guiding principle," he said.

The campus United Way campaign will run through Nov. 21. Employees may return their pledge cards or donations any time during the campaign.

As in past years, United Way contributors may designate their donation to the service agency of their choice or contribute to the general Community Fund.

In addition to the satisfaction of helping United Way and its 200 affiliate agencies, O'Neill said drawings for raffle prizes will be held on a weekly basis for employees participating in the annual campaign. Among the prizes to be awarded in the raffles are overnight stays at area luxury hotels; certificates for the BC Bookstore and BC Dining Service; gift certificates for local restaurants; and numerous tickets to athletic and other campus events.

Information on the progress of this year's drive and weekly raffle winners will be available via the BCInfo Web page at www.bc.edu/bcinfo.

-Reid Oslin


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