Interim President Carol Cartwright signs the ceremonial check for BGSU’s donation to the United Way/ Northwest Ohio Community Shares campaign as Michael George, Wood County United Way director, looks on.
Campus gives generously to those in need
Through the United Way/Northwest Ohio Community Shares annual campaign, the University community reached out to help those in need. On Dec. 11, BGSU presented a check for $102,119 to Michael George, director of the Wood County United Way office.
University Libraries Dean Thomas Atwood, who led this year’s campaign team, said that additional money was expected as the final donations arrive, further boosting the total. “This has been a very successful campaign,” he said.
Interim President Carol Cartwright, signing the ceremonial check, thanked all the faculty, staff, students and retirees who gave to the campaign in spite of difficult economic circumstances—and at a time when help is needed more than ever. Noting the importance of giving to the community where we live and work, she said, “We’re helping families, many of whom probably never dreamed they would be facing these hard economic times.
“I’m proud we’re able to help, and we’re thinking about our friends and neighbors and about what more we could do,” Cartwright said.
After the ceremony, George said the agency’s calls have doubled compared to this time last year. “We’re seeing a lot more of the ‘suburban poor,’” he said. “These are people for whom access is difficult because they never needed the system before, and they don’t know how to get into it. If the national statistics hold true for us, things are going to get worse before they get better.”
George praised BGSU’s efforts. “Everyone was so helpful. It’s a great relationship, and we’re very appreciative. The University is a great community citizen.”
On campus, the campaign team held coffees in various buildings and raised awareness of the need and of the many organizations to which donors could direct their gifts. “Everyone was so helpful,” George said.
December 15, 2008