There is still time to invest in your community through COMECC

Campaign continues through Nov. 27

By Ellie Castano

UMass Medical School Communications

November 18, 2013

As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, so does the end of the COMECC campaign, which ends Nov. 27. The annual campaign is a way to give thanks for your own good fortune and to share with those in your community who might be less fortunate.

“The campaign is off to a good start,” said James Leary, vice chancellor of community and government relations. “But we need to do more. We need more employees to contribute to reach our goal. Every contribution matters and even a small donation can make a big difference.”

According to the United Way, a one-time donation of $20 buys more than five meals for a homeless person, four books for a child learning to read or two bottles of vitamins for an elderly person. Just $4 per pay period ($104 annually) funds financial literacy education and training for one adult and one 8th grade child. And $20 per pay period ($520 annually) provides twenty young students with after school programs offering physical activities, mentoring and homework help.

“So far, we’ve had more than 450 individuals donate to COMECC and have raised nearly $100,000,” said Leary. “One department, microbiology & physiological systems, has already reached 73 percent participation, well on its way to its 100 percent participation last year!”

COMECC offers more than 1,000 screened nonprofits to choose from, including local, regional, national and international agencies dedicated to education, health, human services, the environment and more. COMECC allows all donors to choose where their dollars will go.

All employees who donate by close of business on Nov. 27 (including those who have already donated) will be entered into a raffle for 25 pairs of tickets to the Hanover Theatre’s production of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

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