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Our annual Granite United Way campaign is underway, and we hope you will join us as we work together to help our neighbors in need.
For close to fifty years, Dartmouth has partnered with Granite United Way to financially support local agencies that actively address the challenges faced by individuals and families in our Upper Valley community. Last year, we raised over $260,000 to fund 49 programs that met those needs. These programs included domestic violence education, scholarship funding for early childhood education, the provision of food and shelter, services for senior citizens and more. Together we helped our neighbors, as the United Way likes to say, "learn, earn and be healthy."
This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has placed especially high levels of stress upon many members of our community, and Granite United Way continues to respond. The 211 NH team has answered over 85,000 calls this year to field COVID-19 questions and connect those in need to critical support services.
We recognize this is a very difficult time for many and understand that personal circumstances may not allow you to donate to the United Way this year. We also know that those who are able may feel particularly compelled to help the most challenged among us this year, and once again, our campaign provides several ways to get involved. Contributions can be made online at http://www.dartmouth.edu/unitedway, which enables you to designate your gift to a specific focus area, program or agency if you wish. Should you choose to contribute through payroll deductions, the deductions will begin in January.
We also encourage you to take advantage of volunteer opportunities in the region. In spite of the pandemic, there are still plenty of opportunities to volunteer safely, either virtually or in small groups. As you know, our volunteer time-off benefit allows employees to take a day off to volunteer at qualified nonprofit agencies. That policy, along with upcoming volunteer opportunities, can be found at https://dartgo.org/guwvolunteer. You may also find information on other support services and resources available to Dartmouth employees and their families, including the Work United Program, at https://dartgo.org/guwresources.
Dartmouth has always been a community that cares deeply about its neighbors, and your support would mean a lot, particularly in this most challenging year.
So please help where you can and seek support for yourselves if you need it.
Philip J. Hanlon '77 and Gail Gentes '77a