UA United Way Campaign raises money for children in poverty

By Alex Gladden

Razorback Reporter

The UofA is partnering with the Northwest Arkansas United Way Campaign for the 82nd time to raise $170,000 to help the more than 27,000 children in poverty.

“It’s ambitious, but it can be done, and believe me the need is real,” Chancellor Joseph Steinmetz said at the campaign kickoff Sept. 30.

Every year, the Northwest Arkansas United Way Board of Directors chooses a specific issue to support. This year, the theme is Paint Their Future Bright and is designed to help children escape poverty.

The UofA is joining in this endeavor with its own fundraiser to help children living in poverty, Paint Their Future Bright – Child by Child, said Kim LaScola Needy, co-chair for the campus United Way Campaign.

The campaign will continue throughout October, she said.

Steinmetz recognized that contributing to the United Way Campaign can be hard for faculty, staff and students with low incomes.

“It makes giving to a good cause difficult if not impossible,” Steinmetz said.

The UofA is working on lowering tuition and raising salaries, he said.

Despite how hard it can be for people with low incomes to donate money to organizations, in the past, staff members have donated more money to the campaign than faculty, Needy said.

Needy also emphasized that there are several ways to contribute to the campaign, including donating online, through payroll deduction, by cash or check, a payroll deduction or by having the donation billed to the place of residence.

“No donation is too small, and it all adds up,” Steinmetz said.

People can also contribute to the community in some other way or volunteer with the campaign, Needy said.

From last year to this year, the UofA raised its goal from $165,000 to $170,000.

The Northwest Arkansas United Way Campaign goal was $3 million last year and is $3.5 million this year.

Donations to the campaign help programs that provide services to UA students, Steinmetz said. The money will go to the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Benton County, the Northwest Arkansas Rape Crisis Center and the Northwest Arkansas Women’s Center.

Mary Alice Serafini, the director of the Pat Walker Health Center, said she donates to the fundraiser yearly.

She appreciates that the campaign supports local health and education. It also provides resources to parents.

“It all fits together very well,” Serafini said.

The Northwest Arkansas United Way formed in 2007, according to its website. Almost all of its donations support Arkansans.

 

A previous version of this article stated that the UofA raised its goal from $165,000 to $700,000. It has been corrected to state that the UofA raised its goal from $165,000 to $170,000. It stated that the Northwest Arkansas United Way Campaign raised its goal from $3 billion to $3.5 billion. It has been corrected to state that the campaign raised its goal from $3 million to $3.5 million. It also stated the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund received donations from the United Way Campaign. It has been corrected to state that the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Benton County receives funding from the United Way Campaign. The Arkansas Traveler strives for accuracy and clarity in all matter.