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UConn’s charitable campaign contributions exceed goals

by Richard Veilleux - January 17, 2006

UConn faculty and staff contributed more than $300,000 to the Connecticut State Employee Charitable Campaign during the 2005 fundraiser.

Employees at the Health Center donated more than any other state agency; employees of the Department of Correction came second, and the University’s Storrs-based programs came in third. More than 100 state agencies participated in the campaign, which provides support to about 950 local, state, national, and international charitable causes that help the poor, protect the environment, and find cures for diseases.

Together, more than 1,600 UConn employees contributed $307,160, says Jan Gwudz, director of the state campaign. Contributions from the Health Center totaled $167,143, ahead of the state Department of Correction by $3,143. The Storrs-based programs contributed $162,829.

“The coordinators at each location were determined to beat their 2004 campaign totals,” says Gwudz. “I congratulate them on their determination and persistence. The overall campaign is very close to its $1.8 million goal, and we can attribute our success to the support and generosity we received from state agencies like UConn and its Health Center.”

Donations at both the Health Center and Storrs easily surpassed last year’s levels of giving, Gwudz says.

For the first time, more than 1,000 employees at the Health Center contributed to the campaign, which was led by Joyce Borkowski, an administrative program coordinator in human resources.

“With this achievement, our Health Center employees have demonstrated what I have long believed – that altruism is a key virtue of professionalism,” says Dr. Peter Deckers, executive vice president for health affairs.

Caroline McCall, an administrative assistant in the Office of the President who coordinated the campaign in Storrs, said she was thrilled to see the donations coming in.

Calling a close to the campaign she said, “I am proud to see how persistent your compassion was in the face of exceptionally high gas prices, devastating natural disasters, and myriad mitigating circumstances.”

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