Yale United Way campaign builds on momentum to develop a stronger New Haven

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Pictured at the Oct. 21 reception are (from left) Jack Healy of United Way of Greater New Haven, Yale Vice President Bruce Alexander, Mayor Toni Harp, President Peter Salovey, and Michael Morand, deputy chief communications officer and head of the Yale United Way campaign. (Photo by Román Castellanos-Monfil)

“Greater New Haven would not be the same without Yale; likewise, greater New Haven would not be the same without the United Way,” Mayor Toni Harp ’78 M.E.D. told a group of 200 campus and community leaders at a reception on Oct. 21 to celebrate the Yale United Way partnership and to launch this year’s campaign.

Harp joined President Peter Salovey, Vice President Bruce Alexander, and United Way of Greater New Haven CEO Jack Healy to salute the Yale workplace champions and leadership donors who made last year’s campus United Way campaign a record-setting effort.

Salovey highlighted the momentum United Way has on campus and celebrated the fact that “more Yale community members than ever stepped up last year and joined this vital effort — with a record number of donors and a record-high dollar total.”

“United Way is about ‘change, not charity,’” Salovey emphasized, noting that he and his wife, Marta Moret, are long-time United Way donors. “We are not satisfied simply providing short-term support; we aim to create lasting change.”

Underscoring the university’s institutional commitment to the campaign, Salovey said, “Yale is deeply committed to New Haven and to United Way. That is why we are committing $100,000 in matching funds for new and increased faculty and staff contributions made through payroll deduction.”

According to Salovey, “donors know that United Way allows us to give powerful support to programs for education, employment, and health — the building blocks of a good life.”

Harp told the volunteers, “Yale University and the United Way each play such vitally important roles in New Haven and throughout the region, so this collaboration makes perfect sense.”

“Every time I cross paths with a United Way volunteer I know the nature of his or her work,” the Mayor said. “I know those volunteer efforts reflect the good will, generosity, and kindhearted acts of the people who do them — people like you, and others like you.”

To learn more and to participate, visit the Yale United Way campaign online: http://unitedway.yale.edu.

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