September 15, 2010

Charity Choice Campaign Launches on Case for Community Day Friday

Some families go to bed hungry.  Others spend the night in shelters or on the streets. Thousands of Cleveland area residents find they face hardships in seeking resources to have a normal life with adequate food, shelter and medical care.

The Case Western Reserve University campus can extend help in a special way through the 2010 Charity Choice campaign.  It officially kicks off during Case for Community Day, the campuswide day of service on Sept. 17. 

This year’s campaign co-chairs are Provost and Executive Vice President W. A. “Bud” Baeslack and Associate Provost for International Affairs David Fleshler.  The campaign goal for 2010 is to exceed last year’s donations of $204,300 and increase participation across campus by at least 10 percent.

Donations can be made online through Human Capital Management system (HCM) or by paper form through either a one-time payment or through multiple payroll deductions.  Individuals can designate the nonprofit of their choice or can choose to contribute to one or more of the following agencies:

  • United Way of Greater Cleveland, the leading convener and funder of partnerships focused on solutions for the community's health and human service priorities. United Way makes a difference in the lives of 450,000 people throughout Greater Cleveland. The agency supports more than 175 programs.
  • Greater Cleveland Community Shares, the only Northeast Ohio workplace-giving federation focused on advocacy and social change. It is the second-largest fund of its kind in the country. For 21 years, its member organizations have worked to meet community needs and support social justice through advocacy, education and empowerment.
  • Earth Share Ohio (ESO), a federation working to raise donations for local, regional and national nonprofit conservation and environmental organizations. ESO beneficiary organizations strive to protect the future for all citizens by providing vital services in the areas of environmental education, pollution prevention, recreation and trails and natural resources conservation.

Your donations, regardless of the amount, can make a difference throughout the year.  For example:

  • $5 a week ($260 per year) provides a hot nutritious meal to a homebound senior or provides child care for one toddler per month.
  • $2 a week ($104 per year) provides an hour of individual youth counseling or speech therapy for an adult stroke victim.
  • $10 per week ($520 per year) provides a preparation class for eight immigrants and refugees for the U.S.  Citizenship interview or child care for one preschool child for two months.
Several opportunities exist to sign up for Charity Choice: Case for Community Day; the Benefits Fair on Nov. 10 and 11 in the Thwing Center Ballroom; or online at www.case.edu/charitychoice Click on the “donate” link for instructions and forms.

Posted by: David Wilson, September 15, 2010 10:12 AM | News Topics:

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