UW Combined Fund Drive http://depts.washington.edu/uwcfd Our Workplace Giving Campaign Fri, 23 Mar 2018 19:22:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 Jonathan’s dream comes true in the Big Apple http://depts.washington.edu/uwcfd/2018/02/21/jonathans-dream-comes-true-in-the-big-apple/ Wed, 21 Feb 2018 22:09:56 +0000 http://depts.washington.edu/uwcfd/?p=2388 Jonathan was in kindergarten, getting used to his routine as a busy, young boy when everything changed.

His parents noticed he had some unusual bruising, so they took him to the pediatrician. They were heading home after school when the doctor called.

“He told us to go to the ER right away,” said Jonathan’s mom, Jean.

As one night in the hospital turned to four, the family’s fear grew.

“The hardest part was explaining to Jonathan what was happening,” Jean said. “Outwardly, he looked like his normal, healthy self. But inside, his blood was slowly making him sick.”

Jonathan was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia which often requires lifelong maintenance and monitoring. His current medication requires a regimented schedule that has created an entirely new daily routine for his whole family.

In the midst of this tumultuous time, Jonathan and his family received a life-changing gift through Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington, which helps make wishes come true for children with l critical illnesses.

Jonathan’s dream became reality through the program as he traveled to New York City, walked the city streets, spent a day with the New York Police Department and experienced the many sights of a bustling metropolis.

“Jonathan’s wish opened our eyes to the world around us,” said Jean.

Now, Jonathan looks forward to anything involving Make-A-Wish®, where he’s surrounded by people who truly care about him and encourage him to keep dreaming. His family has stayed involved because they know how important a wish can be and how it gives a needed break to families constantly in the throes of medical procedures.

“Wishes give kids something to look forward to. They bring sense where things are confusing in their medical world,” said Jean. “Wishes bring hope, and this hope is tangible.”

Now, the UW Combined Fund Drive and Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington are teaming up to make wishes come true, and you can help.

Airline travel remains Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington’s single largest expense. It would take an estimated 80 million miles annually to grant all local travel wishes. Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington’s goal is to raise one million miles from March 5-18 to send more kids like Jonathan on their wish trip. You can play a part in granting these wishes by donating your unused miles today and sharing the donation link so others can do the same. Please note: Alaska Airlines will match the first 250,000 miles donated!



Summer SOS! Cats and Dogs are in Urgent Need this Summer http://depts.washington.edu/uwcfd/2017/06/26/summer-sos-cats-and-dogs-are-in-urgent-need-this-summer/ Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:57:36 +0000 http://depts.washington.edu/uwcfd/?p=1857

For most, summer is a time of sun, fun, family and vacations. However, the care needed for animals at Seattle Humane will continue to rise during the next few months while resources are diminished. Seattle Humane has declared a Summer SOS as they provide shelter, food and medical care for these animals while working to find them forever homes. You can help support the baby boom of kittens and puppies pouring through Seattle Humane’s doors by adopting a pet or making a gift through the UW Combined Fund Drive. Your help will make a world of difference to our furry friends!

Help Ensure That No Child Goes Hungry This Summer http://depts.washington.edu/uwcfd/2017/05/31/help-ensure-that-no-child-goes-hungry-this-summer/ Wed, 31 May 2017 15:42:03 +0000 http://depts.washington.edu/uwcfd/?p=1828

Summer is just around the corner, and soon, kids and teens will be home from school. This can put a strain on many low-income families whose children rely on free and reduced-price lunches during the school year.  A resource is available for families during the summer – the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) – which ensures that low-income children, ages 18 and under, continue to receive nutritious meals, along with fun learning activities, when school is not in session. Locations are available throughout the state of Washington.

Free food and fun! For example, United Way of King County, charity code 0316726, sponsors teams of AmeriCorps VISTAs and volunteers to serve meals and lead activities at sites throughout King County. Street teams help get the word out to thousands of families working to make ends meet.

What can you do to help ensure no child goes hungry this summer?

Please help us ensure that no child goes hungry this summer.

UW raises more than $2.2 million through UW Combined Fund Drive http://depts.washington.edu/uwcfd/2017/01/09/uw-raises-more-than-2-2-million-through-uw-combined-fund-drive/ Mon, 09 Jan 2017 22:22:26 +0000 http://depts.washington.edu/uwcfd/?p=1594 The University of Washington community came together this fall to raise a record-breaking $2,282,731 for local and global nonprofits through the UW Combined Fund Drive.

UW faculty, staff and retirees pledged to nearly 1,800 nonprofits during the drive, which ran Oct. 13 to Dec. 2, 2016.

“I am extremely grateful for the generosity of our many donors,” said Kerri Everly, development officer and campaign manager for the UW Combined Fund Drive. “Our community has truly made a difference in the lives of so many in Washington and throughout the world.”

Each year, the UW Combined Fund Drive selects a featured charity and this year’s pick went to Holocaust Center for Humanity – an education organization that teaches lessons of tolerance, kindness and anti-bullying to schoolchildren and the community throughout the Puget Sound region. Pledges and special events, including a stair climb fundraiser at six locations across UW’s three campuses and two of our medical centers, raised more than $22,000 for Holocaust Center for Humanity.

“Thank you to our many volunteers across campus who planned events and fundraisers – including a magic show, spring roll lunch & learn, trivia night, online auction, chili feed and a restaurant takeover – to help raise awareness for the important work of the more than 5,000 nonprofits in this campaign,” said Everly.

The statewide fundraising campaign dates back to 1984, and the UW community has contributed a total of $43.9 million for nonprofits, UW scholarships and UW programs.

Visit the UW Combined Fund Drive year-round to search for volunteer opportunities as well as special events like the upcoming Earth Day Challenge in April.