Wanted: United Way supporters! Annual hospital campaign kicks off

The two campuses of Yale-New Haven are uniting for United Way. Shown wearing their Live United t-shirts are (l-r): Cindy von Beren, executive director, Catholic Heritage and Cultural Integration; Patti DeWitt; Paula Crombie; and Kathleen Bruenn, manager, Laboratory Medicine, Chapel Street Campus. Von Beren and Bruenn are the leaders of the United Way campaign on the CSC.
The two campuses of Yale-New Haven are uniting for United Way. Shown wearing their Live United t-shirts are (l-r): Cindy von Beren, executive director, Catholic Heritage and Cultural Integration; Patti DeWitt; Paula Crombie; and Kathleen Bruenn, manager, Laboratory Medicine, Chapel Street Campus. Von Beren and Bruenn are the leaders of the United Way campaign on the CSC.

The 2013 United Way campaign kicked off this week with an appeal to employees from Yale-New Haven Hospital president and COO Richard D'Aquila. This year's campaign, co-chaired by Paula Crombie, director, Social Work, and Patricia DeWitt, director, Ambulatory Services, runs through Friday, December 7.

The United Way of Greater New Haven supports local service agencies that focus attention and resources to ensure, among other initiatives, that children are educated and families are stable and secure. Yale-New Haven is a long-time supporter of United Way.

Contributions to United Way are disbursed to its member agencies which, in turn, fund programs that directly help children and families in communities throughout the 12-town greater New Haven region. For one year, for instance, a donation of $50 per week provides a student with after-school programs; $25 a week provides literacy coaching and books for children; $10 a week provides a security deposit for an apartment for a homeless family; and $5 per week provides 10 families dinner for 10 days.

"Because of employees' caring spirit and generous donations through our United Way campaigns, our dollars are hard at work strengthening our communities," said Jay Morris, vice president of education and executive director of the Yale New Haven Health System's Institute for Excellence, and administrative chairman of the hospital's United Way campaign. "Yale-New Haven employees contributed more than $185,000 during last year's campaign and we hope to exceed that total this year.

"We are also pleased to invite our colleagues on the Saint Raphael Campus to participate in the United Way campaign this year," added Morris. "We welcome their support." Last year, Hospital of Saint Raphael employees donated more than $117,000 for community initiatives through the One for All campaign.

In this year's drive, employees who make new pledges of $100 and existing donors who increase their giving by $50 or more per year will receive a YNHH Live United t-shirt. Departments that achieve 100 percent participation will receive a celebration lunch.

Employees may make contributions to the hospital's 2013 United Way campaign in one of three ways:

  • Pledge through Employee Self Service. If you don't make any changes, your pledge will remain the same. Donate through payroll deduction or print the form to make a one-time donation. Donations will be effective as of January 1, 2013.
  • Complete a form located at one of the United Way drop-off boxes located throughout the hospital. Major credit cards are accepted.
  • Complete a form and make a payment at one of the YNHH United Way information fairs during the campaign.

Employees should stay tuned for information about United Way fairs that will be held at locations throughout the hospital, and to learn about other events that support the campaign.