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United Way campaign off and running

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Lindsey Hadlock

Cornell United Way campaign co-chairs Andy Noel and Kathy Zoner.

The 2017-18 Cornell United Way campaign is in full swing.

A little more than a week ago, Cornell United Way campaign co-chairs Andy Noel and Kathy Zoner emailed Cornell staff, faculty and students highlighting the need and providing a link to donate. Cornell community members have already responded with gifts totaling more than $126,000.

This total includes pledges of $1,000 or more, whose donors now are eligible for the Cornell President’s Leadership Association recently established by President Martha E. Pollack.

“If giving continues with this momentum, the campaign goal of $750,000 will be met by the official conclusion of the campaign in November,” said Noel. “But more important than meeting any goal is the difference that our giving makes in the lives of families in Tompkins and surrounding counties. Even a dollar a paycheck will make a difference, as individual gifts go directly to United Way agencies, helping one in five of our friends, family and neighbors.”

Because Corporate Cornerstone Partners cover the United Way’s administrative and operating costs, 100 percent of gifts benefit United Way programs and agencies, Noel explained. Cornell community members give nearly 40 percent of the overall support United Way provides to those in need, he added.

“Payroll deduction begins in January 2018 and is a convenient way to spread payment throughout the year,” he said.

Pledge on the Cornell United Way website or by printing the pledge card and mailing it to the United Way of Tompkins County, 313 N. Aurora St., Ithaca, NY 14850.

Updates to the campaign will be included in the periodic Cornell United Way e-newsletter. Visit: or stop by the United Way display at Barton Hall during the Employee Celebration dinner, Oct. 6, 3:30-5:30 p.m.


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