Employees and students at The University of Southern Mississippi got behind the campus United Way campaign and surpassed its goal of $110,000 through a combination of individual giving and fundraisers.
The final tally came to more than $115,000 in support of the United Way of Southeast Mississippi’s overall campaign for 2009-2010, with its proceeds benefiting several local human service agencies. Three of those agencies on the Southern Miss campus, including The Children’s Center for Communication and Development; the DuBard School for Children with Language Disorders; and the Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention.
“I’m very proud of the university community and how it came together to support this effort, even during these uncertain economic times,” said Vrita Delaine, assistant to the vice president for student affairs and co-chair of the campaign.
Delaine also noted the efforts of the Student United Way Committee in collecting funds for the campaign during the Southern Miss-Memphis football game, and for the work of the campus chapter of the Association of Office Professionals in holding their annual Santa’s Bargain Basement Garage Sale, with proceeds going to the campaign.
“Those two groups really went out of their way to support the campaign,” she said.
Dr. David Davies, dean of the Southern Miss Honors College and campaign co-chair, praised the generosity of Southern Miss employees and the work of Debbie Haskin, administrative assistant for Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Joe Paul, in organizing the campaign.
“Our success in meeting and surpassing our goal is a testament to the generosity of our staff and faculty, who opened their pocketbooks to offer donations that will benefit so many who need our help,” Davies said. “It's easy to see why Southern Miss is known as a caring and giving community.”
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