United Way Committee prepares for kick-off of campaign 2014

More than 70 employees from throughout all the hospital are volunteering as United Way captains. They are charged with creating campaign awareness within their departments and sharing information with their colleagues about the impact they can make with their contributions. United Way committee member Andrew Orefice (right), program coordinator, Community and Government Relations, discusses the role of the United Way captains at a recent training session.
More than 70 employees from throughout all the hospital are volunteering as United Way captains. They are charged with creating campaign awareness within their departments and sharing information with their colleagues about the impact they can make with their contributions. United Way committee member Andrew Orefice (right), program coordinator, Community and Government Relations, discusses the role of the United Way captains at a recent training session.

The 2014 United Way campaign kicks off on Monday, October 7 with an appeal from Yale-New Haven Hospital president and COO Richard D'Aquila who asks employees to support the 2014 drive.

This year's campaign, co-chaired by Paula Crombie, director, Social Work; Patricia DeWitt, director, Community Health; Cindy von Beren, executive director, Catholic Heritage and Cultural Integration; and Kathleen Bruenn, manager, Laboratory Medicine, runs through Friday, December 6.

The United Way of Greater New Haven supports local service agencies that focus on education for children and economic stability for families. Yale-New Haven has been 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.

"Because of the generous and caring spirit of YNHH employees, our campaign dollars are hard at work strengthening our communities," said Jay Morris, vice president and executive director of the hospital's Institute for Excellence and administrative chairman of the YNHH United Way campaign.

"Last year, Yale-New Haven employees contributed a record amount — more than $238,000 — which earned the hospital the title of corporate community champion by the United Way," said Morris. "I am confident that employees, working together across various hospital locations to support this very worthy cause, will once again be very generous."

Even before the official campaign kick-off, this summer, United Way Committee members coordinated another successful school supply drive, collecting more than 14,000 items.

The supplies were presented to students at New Haven's St. Martin de Porres Academy and Wexler-Grant Elementary School.

For this year's campaign, employees with new pledges of $100 or more per year to the United Way, as well as existing donors who increase their contribution by $100 or more, will be entered into a drawing to win iPad Minis, as well as other prizes. Employees may contribute to the hospital's 2014 United Way campaign through Employee Self Service. Pledges will remain the same for employees who are already donors and don't make any changes.

Employees may donate through payroll deduction or print the form to make a one-time donation. Donations will be effective January 1.

Other ways to donate include completing a form at one of the United Way drop-off boxes located throughout the hospital and making a donation with a credit card; or submitting a donation at one of the YNHH United Way information fairs during the campaign.

Employees should stay tuned for information about United Way fairs to be held at various hospital locations as well as other events to support the campaign.