B.C. United Way Campaign To Kick Off Next Week

By Mark Sullivan
Contributing Writer

The annual Boston College Campaign for the United Way begins Oct. 22, with a breakfast meeting for 100 campaign volunteers and Boston College President William P. Leahy, SJ, in the Heights Room of the Lower Campus Dining Hall.

Campaign leaders hope to continue a trend of recent years and top last year's pledge total, when 50 percent of Boston College employees participated in the drive and contributed $114,563. The average contribution at the University last year was an impressive $93, according to campaign Co-chairman John Cowden, and the 50 percent participation rate by employees was "much higher" than at other area universities.

"We don't have a target for contributions, but of course the more, the better," said Cowden, assistant director of Dining Services. "The United Way helps make people's lives better and people at Boston College clearly appreciate their efforts."

"As far as BC is concerned, it's always been a good cause," agreed campaign Co-chairman Thomas Hurley, associate director of Buildings and Grounds, pointing out that campaigns for each of the previous three years have set new records for giving.

United Way campaign Co-chairs Thomas Hurley (left) and John Cowden. (Photo by Gary Gilbert)

Eighty-five cents on every dollar raised by the United Way of Massachusetts Bay goes directly to charity, according to Hugh Hen-nessy, director of fund-raising for the United Way of Massachusetts Bay. These charities may receive up to 30 percent of their annual operating funds from the United Way of Massachusetts Bay, he said.

Beneficiaries of the United Way include AIDS shelters, the Camp Fire Girls, Big Brother associations, food banks and programs like Success by Six, which provides day-care for pre-schoolers from poor families, or Roxbury Youth Works, which mentors inner-city youngsters at risk of falling into lives of crime.

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