Friends and Colleagues, you have done such a wonderful job showing how much that Cardinals care through your generous donations and participation in United Way volunteer and fundraising opportunities. During this week focused on Giving and Thankfulness, let us come together to help Heart of Indiana United Way fight the causes and results of generational poverty through the gifts we have been blessed with!
The 2022 United Way Ball State Employee Campaign ends next Wednesday, Nov. 30, and we only need 11% more of active employees to donate in order to reach our university goal of 30% participation! That means that just over 300 people need to pledge a donation or participate in a fundraiser to reach this goal for the first time in BSU Campaign history!
We are also down $35,000 from where we were at this time last year. To put this in perspective, $35,000 equates to about 580 more households receiving weatherization supplies to reduce utility costs this winter. Some of these families may even face utility disconnection, which United Way funding also works to mitigate, but only with help from generous people like you!
Please, take a moment to make a one-time gift or set up a recurring contribution throughout the 2023 year.
There are 3 easy ways to donate:
1. Text the keyword BSU4United to 91999.2. Give online through a secure e-pledge form at https://www.bsu.edu/web/unitedway/how-to-give3. Complete a paper pledge form, then give it to your unit’s United Way Team Captain or send/bring it directly to the Office of Community Engagement in Oakwood 122.
President Geoffrey S. Mearns and Mrs. Jennifer P. Mearns invite BSU Leadership Givers to their home for a reception in early December. You still have time to make the invite list! BSU Leadership Givers are staff, service personnel and retired staff or service personnel who give $500 or more and faculty, professional personnel and retired faculty and professional personnel who give $1,000 or more.
To elevate your impact, the Ball Brothers Foundation granted a pool of $100,000 to match Delaware County Employee Campaigns. If you increase your donation from last year, even by $1, the Foundation will double your donation through a $1-for-$1 match. Any undesignated new gifts or donors who previously gave to a designated organization, but now choose to give unrestricted, will be matched $2-for-$1. That means your $10 will make a $30 impact in the lives of your neighbors.
And they need it. Nearly 50% of residents in Delaware County are unable to afford basic necessities. This statistic may not include you, but it includes your servers, colleagues, and children’s teachers. We are all connected, and our community is stronger and more prosperous when we all thrive.
The good news: this statistic is not fixed. You have the power to help our children succeed in school, to help families become financially stable, and to help hard-working Hoosiers improve their quality of life. You can elevate our community—to make where we live, work, and play a safer, more educated, and healthier place for all.
The Employee Campaign is only one of the ways Ball State partners with Heart of Indiana United Way to fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every resident in a five-county region. Our students and faculty participate in year-round child literacy programs as well as dozens of special projects to empower neighbors and elevate the community. On Friday, Sept. 9, More than 600 Cardinals participated in dozens of service projects during Ball State’s United Way Day of Action, a 24-hour blitz of projects led by the Heart of Indiana United Way and Ball State’s Office of Community Engagement. Learn more about those projects and the other ways we THRIVE, together at bsu.edu/unitedway.
Please direct any questions to your Campaign Coordinator, Bianca Sulanke.
Thank you for your generosity and support! United, We THRIVE!