Yes, I’d like to make a difference in my community! University’s annual United Way campaign kicks off in October

Author: Carol C. Bradley, NDWorks

In past years, the generosity of Notre Dame’s faculty and staff has made us St. Joseph County’s top workforce in donations to United Way, helping improve education, health and financial stability in our community.

The goal for this year is $300,000.

Why United Way?

With so many causes and charities competing for our donations, why give to United Way?

Because your donations matter, to children and families right here in St. Joseph County. Your investment changes lives!

Last year, our donations helped United Way agencies serve more than 90,000 people, provide 350,000 meals and help 750 families with heating assistance.

Where do my United Way dollars go?

United way supports successful local programs that focus on basic needs and the building blocks necessary for a successful life.

United Way partner agencies include The American Red Cross of St. Joseph County, El Campito, Indiana Legal Services, Jewish Federation, Literacy Council of St. Joseph County, St. Margaret’s House, the YMCA of Michiana and YWCA North Central IN.

Through these and other United Way programs and agencies, your dollars:

  • Screen children with potential hearing and speech problems
  • Provide nutritional supplements to those battling cancer
  • Help senior citizens acquire job skills
  • Pay for individuals to take the GED, enabling them to get better jobs and education
  • Help prevent child abuse with parenting skills classes for at-risk families
  • Provide three months of support to 21 teen moms through home visitation
  • Provide children with after-school care and tutoring

Help members of the Notre Dame family

Five percent of your total donation goes to the University’s Employee Compassion Fund, which helps fellow employees with catastrophic or emergency needs such as immediate expenses after a fire, or flying abroad to attend a parent’s funeral.

Pledge on paper, or online

Pledge online at with the E-Pledge system. You may contribute by payroll deduction from each paycheck, make a donation to be deducted from your first paycheck in 2014, or make a one-time donation by check. All contributions are tax-deductible.  Payroll deduction pledges must be completed by Friday, Dec. 13 to allow time for processing.

Return pledge cards through campus mail to the Notre Dame United Way Campaign, 100 Brownson Hall.

For more information on the Notre Dame United Way campaign or to pledge, visit For more information on United Way of St. Joseph County, visit or call 574-232-8201.

Why United Way?

The St. Joseph County high school graduation rate is only 77%.

But United Way is changing the statistics.  Last year, United Way helped 4,211 students through tutoring, mentoring, kindergarten preparedness and literacy and language skills.

85 percent of St. Joseph County children receive free or reduced lunches.

But United Way is changing the statistics and helping families prosper. Last year, United Way helped 58,368 people with food, financial and income tax (VITA) assistance.

14 percent of St. Joseph County's population is uninsured.

But United Way is changing the statistics. Through the FamilyWizeTM Prescription Discount Card program, St. Joseph County residents have saved over $1.5M.

2-1-1 - United Way helped point 43,332 people in the right direction with 2-1-1 information and referral.