Nicole Ralph, administrative staff representative on the United Way committee, also serves on a panel that determines how United Way campaign funds are distributed. She writes:
As we are all aware, the state budget situation has greatly affected higher education in Illinois. Another area that has been dramatically affected by the state budget is our social service agency partners who play a vital role in providing immediate basic needs for the most vulnerable members of our local community, many of whom are our students. Donations to United Way go directly to our local community and can go a long way in helping to fill the gaps created by a lack of state funding. As a member of the panel that determines how United Way campaign funds will be distributed, I can attest that our dollars are going to amazing programs with proper fiscal due diligence in place. Any donations for these vital service agencies, great or small, would be helpful and appreciated! And remember, your donation is tax deductible. You should have received information and the donation form in your interoffice mail. If you did not receive anything, please let me or your representative know (Tara Walk, Faculty; Greg Walbert, Professional; Tiffany Andrews, Classified). You can also get more information and make your donation on Professional Development Day, Nov. 1. We will have a table set up in Cass Gym during the luncheon. Anyone who makes a donation during the campaign period goes into a drawing for one of five gift baskets. Baskets will be on display at the luncheon. Each donor will also receive a goody bag prepared and donated by LLCC’s Student United Way!
Thank you for your consideration!