Join us in celebrating the 60th anniversary of the United Way of Merced County.

Since 2001, UC Merced has managed an annual campaign to raise funds for the United Way of Merced County. Through fun events and creative ways to give, the campus campaign strives to increase faculty, staff and student awareness and support for the needs of others in our community. Our campus has demonstrated incredible generosity and support for improving the lives of others in our community.

For the past 60 years, the United Way of Merced County has worked to advance the common good in our local community by partnering with agencies and programs that improve education, help individuals achieve financial stability, and promote healthy living.

We did it! Thank you!

Dear UC Merced Campus Community:

Thanks to your incredible generosity, the 2014 UC Merced United Way Campaign surpassed our goals and was a great success! In just four weeks, total campus giving reached $36,648 -- a nearly 20 percent increase over last year’s campaign. In addition, 24 percent of faculty and staff participated in this campaign through fun and creative events that included chili cook-offs and bake sales, as well as those who contributed by offering a monetary donation or pledging to volunteer in the community.

We also are pleased to announce that the winner of our friendly participation competition is the Division of Planning and Budget, which had a 100 percent participation rate.  They will be treated to a lunch catered by J&R Tacos.  The Division of Development and Alumni Relations came in at a close second with 92 percent participation.

Raffle prize winners in the final “participation points” drawing are:

  • David Ojcius – Farmers Credit Union duffle bag
  • Alex Parnell – Farmers Credit Union lunch pail
  • Krystal Miguel – 2 flex tickets to Playhouse Merced
  • Sarah Cassady - $20 Visa gift card
  • Fabiola Elizalde – Farmers Credit Union first aid kit

United Way of Merced County Chief Executive Officer Carol Bowman expressed her gratitude in a written message: “The funds you raised will be invested in successful local nonprofit programs that provide measurable results -- from increasing graduation rates and improving literacy to supporting financial independence, promoting healthy lifestyles and ending hunger.  Together we can change our community forever.”

Although the campaign ended on Oct. 17, it’s not too late to give. Contributions can still be made online through the UC Merced United Way website  through Dec. 31. All money raised stays in Merced County to help meet the needs of local residents. To get a sense of what a monthly payroll deduction can accomplish, visit our Importance of Your Gift webpage.

The planning board would like to thank the faculty and staff who generously contributed their time and resources to support the United Way of Merced County. A special word of thanks also goes to the department representatives who were instrumental in raising awareness for the campaign. Together, we are making a difference in our community!

With sincere appreciation,

The 2014 UC Merced United Way Board


2014 United Way Campaign Highlights

Theme: Celebrate United! It’s the United Way of Merced County's 60th anniversary!

Pledge Drive Dates: Sept. 15 to Oct. 15

Participation Counts: Success will be measured by the percent of participation by division/school. Statistics will be posted online regularly so units can track their participation.

Participation includes:

  • One-time giving
  • Payroll deduction
  • Pledging volunteer hours to the United Way of Merced County

Incentives will be offered along the way.

The winning division or school will be rewarded with a free lunch catered by J&R Tacos. To learn more about giving, please contact your department representative. Thank you in advance for your support during UC Merced's campaign for the United Way of Merced County.

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How to Give

Upcoming Events

  • Oct. 17— United Way Campaign Ends at NOON!
  • Oct. 21 - Department Representative Luncheon