UA Cares in Final Drive Toward Campaign Goal

UA Cares in Final Drive Toward Campaign Goal

By Amanda BallardUniversity Communications
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Student Financial Aid Program Coordinators Martha Sesteaga and Meli Ahumada help sell UA Cares bracelets, which are on sale for $5 in the Administration Building lobby from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Nov. 27.
Student Financial Aid Program Coordinators Martha Sesteaga and Meli Ahumada help sell UA Cares bracelets, which are on sale for $5 in the Administration Building lobby from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Nov. 27.
Teams in the University Services Building are creating baskets filled with assorted goodies that will be raffled off on Nov. 20.
Teams in the University Services Building are creating baskets filled with assorted goodies that will be raffled off on Nov. 20.
The featured item on the UA Cares Silent Auction block is a basketball signed by coach Sean Miller and the entire 2013-2014 men's basketball team.
The featured item on the UA Cares Silent Auction block is a basketball signed by coach Sean Miller and the entire 2013-2014 men's basketball team.

This year's UA Cares campaign has reached its halfway mark and fundraising coordinators across campus are making their final push to help reach the $500,000 fundraising goal.

Last year, $395,000 was raised. During the UA Cares kickoff event, Melissa Vito, vice president for Student Affairs and the honorary chair of this year's UA Cares Campaign, challenged participants to raise $500,000.

Vito says she believes it's important to donate to UA Cares because the campaign supports a variety of areas that impact all members of the UA community.

"UA Cares provides opportunities to help almost any area of the campus, from students' financial aid to building renovation to support for fellow faculty and staff members," Vito said. "The sense of community at the UA is strong and the ability to voluntarily help areas of personal passion is really terrific."

Nearly $80,000 has been raised to date for this year's campaign. Sheila McGinnis, director of outreach and community partnerships for the Office of Community Relations, said it's common for the bulk of the funds to come in toward the end of the campaign, which is Dec. 6.

"Overall, the campaign is about where it was last year at this time," McGinnis said. "We're hoping for a similar rise."

UA Cares, the University's workplace giving campaign, allows donors to designate where their money goes, whether it's to University programs through the UA Foundation or to Tucson nonprofits or community impact areas through the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona.

Employees are able to donate using paper pledge forms (PDF) or can set up automatic payroll deductions through the Payroll and Compensation section on the Self Service tab of UAccess.

McGinnis said she encourages employees to donate through UAccess.

Another way employees can contribute to UA Cares is by participating in some of the many fundraisers happening on campus. McGinnis said that coordinators have been creative in planning fundraising activities this year.

"Food is always popular, with chili cook-offs a favorite of all," she said. "Bake sales, root beer floats and the famous chorizo breakfast (happening Friday) are all popular on this food-loving campus."

The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and the Office of the Registrar are also presenting their third annual UA Cares Online Silent Auction through Friday. A variety of objects and vouchers to local restaurants are up for bid, plus this year's featured item: a basketball signed by coach Sean Miller and the entire 2013-2014 men's basketball team.

Forty-six percent of the proceeds from the silent auction will be donated to the Arizona Assurance Scholarship Endowment Fund, 28 percent to the UA Employee Emergency Fund and 26 percent to the United Way Community Impact Fund.

More upcoming fundraisers:

  • Thursday: A bake sale coordinated by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and the Office of the Registrar. The sale will feature goodies like whoopee pies and bacon-wrapped jalapeños. Stop by the Administration Building lobby from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Friday: A $4 chorizo breakfast coordinated by the Budget Office. Breakfast will be served from 8-10 a.m. on the first floor of the Administration Building, in the Budget Office.
  • Monday: A baking and tasting extravaganza hosted by the Office of the Chief Information Officer. Participants can submit their favorite dessert or stop by the Mall from noon until 2 p.m. and donate $1 to taste three dishes.
  • Nov. 20: An afternoon break at the University Services Building with eegee's and a basket drawing from 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Through Nov. 20: Food and clothing drive sponsored by the Campus Health Service. Food donations will go to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and clothes will be donated to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
  • Through Nov. 27: UA bracelet sale in the Administration Building lobby. Stop by between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to choose between three different styles available for $5 each.
  • Through Nov. 27: Poinsettia fundraiser by the Library Operations Resources Management Team. The poinsettias are locally grown and can be ordered at the Main Library, third floor, Room A302. Orders will be ready for pickup on Dec. 9.

More fundraisers are being planned each week. Visit the UA Cares website for updates.

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