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WVU raises more than $223,000 for United Way

Four people hold a large check over their heads in celebration

WVU collected more than $223,000 in individual donations for this year's United Way Campaign. Andy Walls, 2019 United Way Campaign chair, Brandi Helms, United Way CEO,  Macall Speaker,  United Way director of development, and Meshea Poore, WVU vice president of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion celebrate.

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The Mountaineer family at West Virginia University combined individual donations to raise more than $223,000 for the United Way campaign, helping support families and children in Monongalia and Preston counties. 

Led by Meshea Poore, Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the campaign supports 45 programs at 27 health and human service agencies and more than 32,000 friends and neighbors in need.

“I am so proud of our WVU community coming together to raise over $220,000 dollars for an amazing organization,” Poore said. “Moving forward, we should all look for opportunities to make seemingly small impacts that facilitate great changes in our communities.”

The Student United Way contributed more than $13,000 through the Gold Rush T-shirts fundraiser on campus and throughout Morgantown. The Blue and Gold Mine Sale raised nearly $13,000 with its annual spring recycling event.

This year, WVU was awarded the Campaign Cornerstone Award for being a community leader and acting as a “cornerstone” for fundraising in 2018.

The University is one of the largest contributors to the United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties’ annual campaign. Altogether, 312 WVU employees and 80 retirees donated to the campaign. 

“WVU continues to make positive change in our community and we couldn’t do what we do without them,” said Brandi Helms, United Way Chief Executive Officer. “We are thankful for our loyal donors and always recruiting new supporters by encouraging the University community to get involved.”

About 40 employees serve as United Way Ambassadors on campus providing department coordination for fundraising efforts. The United Way is recruiting Ambassadors for the new 2019 campaign.

Read more about WVU’s United Way campaign efforts.



CONTACT: Macall Speaker, Director of Development

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