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From the President

Cornell President Martha E. Pollack

Dear Colleagues,

This year’s United Way campaign theme—There Is a Way—is an important reminder that United Way is a vibrant presence in Tompkins and neighboring counties, helping families and individuals every day. I am proud to join with you in supporting this year’s campaign as one of the most vital ways Cornell is connected to and supports area communities.

Cornell faculty, staff, and students provide nearly 40 percent of the countywide United Way campaign funding each year. Even just $1 per paycheck will provide five days of Meals on Wheels for one person, two round-trips to transport a rural mom and her baby to a pediatrician, or an hour of home health aide services.

Please consider:

  • 100% of gifts to partner agencies, special initiatives, and other United Way agencies are directed to serve those specific programs and services.
  • You can designate your gift to support your favorite organization in or outside of Tompkins County.
  • All gifts count toward participation in Cornell’s giving societies, including the President’s Leadership Association.

This year, I’m pleased to say that Pat Wynn, executive director of Campus Life Enterprise Services, and Rick Burgess, vice president for Facilities and Campus Services, will co-chair the Cornell United Way campaign, and we are grateful for their leadership.

You can learn more about United Way, its agencies, and how you can help by visiting Beginning September 26, you can make a tax-deductible gift online, specify an amount to give through payroll deduction, or write a check. Whether it’s your first time giving, or you’ve contributed through Cornell for many years, I hope you will join us in this important effort. Finally, if you’d like to help the Cornell United Way Campaign in the coming weeks, contact campus United Way coordinator Susan Riley.

Thanks for helping out!

Martha E. Pollack