Fairmont State University have announced that they are partnering with the United Way of Marion County again for the 2018 campaign.
The goal that has been set for this campaign is $25,000. Fairmont State University President Mirta Martin is serving as the honorary chair of the campus campaign.
The theme for this year’s campaign is “Be the One”. Fairmont State University faculty, staff and students are being encouraged to find a way that they can “Be the One”. The campaign will run from September 17 through November 9.
“The United Way of Marion County plays a vital role in creating positive change within our communities,” said Martin. “Fairmont State University believes in working together to achieve results, but it takes each of us doing our part to bring about community change. One person can have a tremendous impact.”
Campaign officials said that all contributions for Fairmont State’s United Way campaign will stay local, with the money being donated to 22 different organizations in Marion County that assist people with healthcare, childcare, youth mentoring, senior programs, mental health programs, disaster response initiatives and healthy lifestyle initiatives, among others. Campaign officials also said that these agencies do not have the resources for large fundraising campaigns and rely on Fairmont State’s United Way campaign each year for additional funding.
The entire campaign’s goal in Marion County is $475,000, campaign officials said.
“Just like you’re known for doing across our region, Fairmont State University continues to step up for our community,” said Brett White, United Way Executive Director. “The dollars raised through this campaign are really changing lives. It is about helping our local neighbors, and no one does that better than Fairmont State.”
According to campaign officials, Fairmont State University’s donations help provide 29 programs at 22 health and human service agencies, 39,126 meals to individuals in need, 1,126 nights of shelter for families affected by domestic violence, 7,841 people received financial assistance during a crisis, and 591 young people with STEM-based learning opportunities.
One way that students will participate in this year’s campaign is with a special t-shirt sale. Students will be selling limited edition “Maroon Madness” t-shirts for the “Maroon Madness” football game, which will be held on October 20 against Glenville State. The t-shirts will be $10 each, and available on campus and from United Way campaigns.
This is the first year for the new t-shirts, and students are hoping to sell over 500 shirts.
“We’re proud to join with the University to support our local United Way. This new tradition is something that every Falcon fan can be proud of and we are thrilled to have our student body involved,” said Student Body President Dillon Bradley.
More information on the “Maroon Madness” t-shirts can be found here.
Since 2010, Fairmont State University has given over $225,000 to the United Way of Marion County and is their second largest contributor.
“Fairmont State University thrives when our community thrives. Working together, we can make the future even brighter for all our neighbors,” added Martin.