Genesee County United Way Campaign Tops $11,000 at Genesee Community College

The Genesee Community College United Way employee campaign was an enormous success with $11,043 dollars raised during the month-long March 2004 effort. With a 30% increase over last year's campaign, the Genesee Community College / United Way Committee was very pleased and collectively expressed their gratitude to the many participants including students, faculty, staff, and administrators of the College.

Through a series of presentations at departmental meetings, each college constituency learned how the United Way funds a wide array of local service providers?many of which serve the College's students and employees. A United Way video that was edited by the College's media department highlighted the organization's many essential services provided to Genesee County residents.

The focus on the local community connection was reinforced by several unique fun and fund-raising initiatives that helped increase the visibility of the 2004 Campaign throughout the campus. Among the lively programs that helped promote the campaign were:

-Premium Parking Spot Raffle was especially popular during the winter months when the long walk across Genesee's spacious parking lots is particularly arduous. -The Baby Photo-Adult Photo Matching Game was well received, and kept the United Way Campaign in everyone's attention.-Ping Pong Ball Tournament found students, faculty, and staff including President Steiner sporting a paddle for a good cause. -Jelly Bean Counting Contest-Weekly email reminders also prompted the faculty, staff, administrators, and students to support the Campaign.

"It was a heartwarming campaign with many people showing their support in many different ways," Barbara Shine, Chairperson of Genesee Community College / United Way Committee and Director of The BEST Center said. "Student involvement was particularly exciting this year. The program raised students' consciousness and awareness of the United Way. They experienced the benefits and responsibilities of belonging to the community and how they can give back to the community through United Way. We hope to enhance student participation and learning even more next year."

Members of Genesee Community College's 2004 United Way Committee were: Cyndee Fitzsimmons, Robert Knipe, Diane Marchese, Barbara Shine, Alice Weather, and student representative, William Popielinski.

For further information on Genesee Community College's 2004 United Way Campaign, please call Barb Shine at 585-343-0055 extension 6299.