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IUPUI continues to 'live united'

Oct. 8, 2013

If it’s October, it must be time for IUPUI’s annual campus United Way campaign.

This year’s goal for faculty, staff and students is $366,500, and those planning to donate have until the Oct. 31 deadline to make their pledge.

Goalkeeper Christian Lomeli cuts off a shot headed toward the goal during the “United Way Night” home game against Wright State at Michael A. Carroll Stadium.

Goalkeeper Christian Lomeli cuts off a shot headed toward the goal during the “United Way Night” home game against Wright State at Michael A. Carroll Stadium. | Photo By Justin Casterline

"The long partnership between IUPUI and United Way is an exciting story of IUPUI's continuing community engagement, where our employees are literally putting their money where their mouth (and heart) is!” said Jeffrey Dean, one of this year’s campaign co-chairs. “And while we have four newcomers to liaison leadership this year, we're looking forward to the excitement generated by their new perspectives to drive us forward to another successful year."

For those who wish, donations can be made on the United Way website. That site also has more details about IUPUI’s involvement with United Way of Central Indiana, the various relationships that link the campus to the United Way drive, and a look back at previous campaigns on the campus. For instance, did you know that IUPUI has contributed more than $3.5 million in the past 10 United Way campaigns?

That type of generosity has earned IUPUI a regular ranking among the top contributors to the United Way of Central Indiana, and first among higher education organizations.

The financial contributions are just part of the impact the campus has had on United Way efforts. IUPUI volunteers also have contributed countless hours of work to help build a brighter future for the Indianapolis community. There are other partnerships that connect IUPUI with United Way, including:

  • The School of Informatics and Computing, which has redesigned United Way Agency websites;
  • The Solution Center, which has awarded more than $179,000 in Community Venture Grant matching funds;
  • The School of Dentistry, which has built partnership programs that educate central Indiana people about oral health care, and provided dental services to United Way agencies; and
  • Participation in ReadUP, a United Way program that helps area third, fourth, and fifth-grade students develop their reading skills and habits by providing volunteers to spend an hour a week reading with children. IUPUI is helping United Way in its efforts to double the number of ReadUP tutors in central Indiana.

Those ties that bind the campus to the community are an extension of IUPUI’s ongoing commitment to civic engagement and the effort to “live united.”

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