Faculty and Staff - October 10, 2022

Next week kicks off a university-wide fundraising effort to support United Way of York County and its bold goal to help 3,000 York County families become financially stable by 2030. The organization removes barriers to help low-to-moderate income families more easily access and navigate services to reach financial stability. United Way plays a key role in bringing together local businesses and educational institutions with local working families to ensure that license, certificate, or degree programs are within reach, leading to stable employment.

Since I came back to Winthrop, I learned of the long history the university has with United Way and of some surprising (to me!) connections between the two organizations. Did you know that 88% of United Way’s partner agencies receive some sort of faculty assistance from Winthrop each year? And that we place student interns at UWYC annually? United Way provides authentic learning experiences often leading to full-time employment in the York County community, and half of the staff are proud Winthrop grads who stand ready to partner with us!

Halle Thompson is our United Way ambassador and will be in touch throughout the campaign, which will take place from October 17-31. I encourage you to join me in supporting this year's effort by completing a paper pledge form or an online pledge form. This year we are offering an incentive: Employees who give to the United Way campaign will be eligible for a drawing to win a reserved parking space.

Together, we can help our neighbors thrive.


Edward A. Serna