Dear Members of the Bradley Community:
Every day, our faculty and staff make a significant impact in central Illinois through leadership, service and philanthropy. Many of you serve organizations throughout the region, and I want to thank you for your contributions. Again this year, I invite you to join me in supporting the Heart of Illinois United Way through Bradley’s annual United Way campaign. Your generosity helps the United Way and its funded programs have a significant impact on thousands of individuals, families and friends.
I believe in giving to the United Way because I know what a positive impact this organization has on the community. I have witnessed the children who are cared for by United Way programs, and their young mothers, who can continue their education because of that assistance. I have seen the life-changing influence on young boys and girls who find a mentor – and a friend – through the United Way. And I know our students become energized – and often turn into lifelong volunteers – through their involvement with the many United Way partner agencies.
This year, Bradley’s United Way Committee and committee coordinator Dr. Joan Sattler are ambitiously asking every member of the faculty and staff to participate. The committee is dedicated to reaching our goal of raising more than $80,000 and increasing university-wide participation above 45 percent.
I am confident we can do it. I know we should do it. This year’s campaign theme – BU: Live United – speaks to our Bradley family and our ability to give back to make a difference in the Peoria community.
In the coming weeks, please join me in contributing to Bradley’s United Way campaign at unitedway.bradley.edu. You may direct your gift to specific agencies. You can give in confidence knowing that all of our donations will improve lives in central Illinois.
Our Bradley campus came together last year to raise a record $77,031, with a participation rate of 43 percent. I thank everyone who took part; let’s do even more this year. All of our contributions, large or small, are important to the well-being of our community. I hope you will consider making the United Way part of your giving plans. When you do, you will know that your gift will enhance the quality of life for so many every single day.
Warm regards,Joanne K. Glasser