United Way Volunteers

Welcome Volunteers To the 2018 U-M United Way Campaign!

Thank you so much for agreeing to serve as the U-M United Way Unit Volunteer for your department – we can’t do it without you!

Everything to make your campaign a success is listed below.

Important Dates:

U-M United Way Volunteer Breakfast: September 26, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. Junge Family Center

Campaign Dates: October 1 – December 31, 2018

Tips for a Successful Campaign:

  • Send an email to the people in your department.
    Sample Email #1

    Dear Recipient Name;

    The 2018 U-M United Way Campaign is underway!

    Last year we raised more than $1.3 million during the U-M United Way campaign. I am proud of what we accomplished in providing opportunities to so many of our neighbors in need. This year I hope that we can again do our part again and help the campaign to reach its goal of $1.6 million.

    Please take a moment to visit the U-M United Way website at umuw.org where you will find a message from the co-chairs, answers to frequently asked questions, links for making an ePledge or downloading a pledge form, and other information.

    A few important things to note:

    – The dates for the campaign are October 1 though December 31, 2018.

    – Making a pledge is easy using the secure ePledge system on Wolverine Access at the faculty staff tab in the yellow highlighted area at https://wolverineaccess.umich.edu/f/u24l1s85/normal/render.uP.

    – Pledging through the campaign allows you to contribute a little each month that adds up to make a big difference. If you have any questions throughout the campaign, please let me know.

    I encourage each of you to participate, all pledges, no matter the size, will make a difference. Thank you and Go Blue!

    Sincerely,

    Your Name

    Sample Email #2

    Dear Recipient Name;

    I am writing to ask you to join me in making a gift to our U-M United Way campaign. As you know, the University of Michigan is committed to giving back to our community. U-M partners with United Way because it enables us to make a difference and we know that our support is reaching those who need it most and creating the greatest impact right here in our community.

    When you make a gift to U-M United Way, you help to change lives and strengthen communities – one child, one adult and one family at a time, such as:

    • An at-risk child who has the chance to attend a high-quality preschool preparing them for success in school and in life

    • Parents who receive career and budget training to better provide for their family

    • An older adult who can remain at home with access to health care services;

    • A single mom in an abusive relationship who is offered safety, shelter, and a fresh start.

    Last year, we raised $1.3 million during the U-M United Way campaign. I am proud of what we accomplished in providing opportunities to so many of our neighbors in need. I hope you will join me in making a gift to this year’s campaign. Together, we can make a difference and highlight U-M’s commitment to giving back to the communities in which we live and work.

    Making a pledge is easy using the secure ePledge system on Wolverine Access at the faculty staff tab in the yellow highlighted area at https://wolverineaccess.umich.edu/f/u24l1s85/normal/render.uP.

    Thank you and Go Blue! Sincerely,

    Your Name

  • Handout a pledge form to each person in your department as a reminder.
  • Request campaign materials and/or request for a United Way Representative to attend your next staff meeting to talk about the campaign.
    Request Campaign Materials and/or Speaker

Please Note: Those attending the breakfast do not need to fill-out the form; materials will be available at the breakfast to take back with you.

Key Topics

Take a moment to review the key topics below, it will help you in your communication with your department. Also, review some of the challenging topics that volunteers may encounter.

The United Way:

  • Leverages expertise, connections, and resources to transform individual lives and entire neighborhoods.
  • Connects people, families, and communities with the resources they need to thrive.
  • Is the largest non-government funder of health and human services in the region.
  • Locally, serves the community and improves the lives of thousands of people each year.
  • Has a proven approach to strengthening our community which includes safety net programs across the region.
  • Has a variety of ways to get involved including financial support and volunteering.

Additional Resources

Additional information, that might be useful to you our volunteers, is available on the United Way of Washtenaw website. Please note that some of the information is not applicable to the University of Michigan Campaign, but is another resource if needed.

Stay in Touch

During the campaign you will receive a weekly email from me that includes that week’s campaign totals and a spreadsheet showing each unit and their participation level along with any news.

If you have any questions please contact:

Administrative Assistant Intermediate Debbie Schilz

Debbie Schilz

Administrative Assistant Intermediate

dschilz@umich.edu | 734-763-3109

Deborah Schilz worked in event management at the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor for more than 15 years before coming to the University of Michigan Office of the Vice President for Government Relations four years ago. She began her career as the Facilitates Coordinator for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education at U-M and a Medical Coordinator at the University of Michigan Hospital. Deborah received a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing from Cleary University.

Thank you for commitment and Go Blue!

Follow The U-M United Way Campaign @UMUnitedWay

Feel free to promote the campaign on social media using #UMUNITEDWAY.

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U-M United Way
U-M United Way2018/11/16 @ 16:31
Announcing Week 7 Total for the U-M United Way Campaign $766,203.00 we are at 59% to goal. Go Blue
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U-M United Way shared United Way of Washtenaw County's post.2018/11/16 @ 16:28
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U-M United Way2018/11/16 @ 9:50
Something to brag about - check out this story on Circles Washtenaw County, (which is run by Ypsilanti nonprofit Friends in Deed), a financial stability program, which matches low-income "leaders" with higher-income "allies," has graduated its second cohort. -- This is a program that is funded in part through a grant from United Way Washtenaw County http://bit.ly/2zV7nkm
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U-M United Way2018/11/14 @ 15:20
Wonderful cider and donut event today at Institute for Social Research - it was great to meet this wonderful group of people. An album of photos from the event https://photos.app.goo.gl/spc6HBq6N6p94ihr5
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U-M United Way2018/11/13 @ 9:48
Congratulations to Blake Gutt who won 2 tickets to a Michigan Hockey game on January 8, 2019 at Yost Ice Arena -- U-M vs Merrimack. Go Blue! To make a pledge visit http://bit.ly/2xbhDU3
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U-M United Way2018/11/09 @ 8:21

Twitter

2018/10/29 @ 10:07
Announcing @UMUnitedWay Week 2 Prize Winner Bruce Mannheim, LSA Anthropology, won Matthaei Botanical Gardens Membership and entered to win the Jim Harbaugh autographed football.Thank you to him and everyone for their pledge & Go Blue! To pledge visit https://t.co/1Fnqad1eW1
2018/10/26 @ 8:26
Excited to announce this week's total for the #umunitedway campaign - $553,894.00 which is 43% to goal! Go Blue @UMich ! To make a pledge visit https://t.co/1Fnqad1eW1
2018/10/23 @ 11:25
Great time today at the Fleming @UMUnitedWay Open House https://t.co/TmM21MSEPr #umunitedway @UMich
2018/10/12 @ 15:27
Great time at UMHS Hot Dog Sale https://t.co/aFB1vMsvQ7
2018/10/11 @ 9:00
Looking forward to seeing #umunitedway supporters tomorrow at UMHS Classroom 2C-224-HU 2nd floor directly behind gift shop for the Annual Hot Dog Sale sponsored by Environmental Services. $5.00 for hot dog, beverage and chips. https://t.co/ch9mLcziSl UMUnitedWay photo
2018/10/08 @ 11:56
Behind the scenes during the #umunitedway campaign: Meet Anita Greca-she worked campaign17 years & processed 1,000s of pledges-went from entering pledges by hand to implementation of the ePledge system. During the year she will process more than 500 pledge. https://t.co/kaFGfGXsiQ UMUnitedWay photo