Penn State Intercom......August 23, 2001

United Way Campaign
ready for launch

By Lisa Weinstein
Special to Intercom

The University's United Way Campaign, with a newly named chair and co-chair, is gearing up to start raising funds for many organizations throughout Centre County.


United Way golf tournament

The fourth annual Penn State/Centre County United Way Golf Tournament is scheduled for Sept. 17. Cost for the tournament is $65 per person including golf, cart, shirt and dinner, and $20 of the fee is tax deductible. The cost for dinner only is $15 per person.

For more information, contact Paul Peworchik at (814) 863-1511 or, or John Dixon at (814) 863-3634 or

David Wormley, dean of the College of Engineering, is this year's campaign chair. William J. Anderson Jr., assistant vice president for physical plant, is co-chair. Together they plan to build on last year's succ

ess to make the campaign one of the best the University has ever seen. This year's goal, which will be announced later this fall, has not yet been established.

With the help of these two chairs, as well as every faculty and staff member, the campaign can become one of the University's largest philanthropies. One third of the total contributions to the overall Centre County United Way Campaign come from the University.

"United Way is so important in that it has a positive impact on families and children in the Centre County area by providing financial support that these families would otherwise not receive," Wormley said. "This campaign is critical to the University because every element of Penn State is affected by the United Way."

Every member of the University community has the opportunity to join together to bring aid to families and children that use the services offered by United Way agencies.

"Not only is the amount of money raised important, but also the participation among faculty and staff is equally, if not more, crucial to the campaign," Wormley said.

Participation in the campaign is partially based on departments within the University pulling together to create and be host to many events. Each event reflects the unique culture and interests of the faculty and staff. Events include a golf tournament, dinners, cookouts, auctions and bake sales.

One event held by the Centre County United Way office is the PNC Bank-United Way Day of Caring, which this year will be held on Thursday, Oct. 4. This day allows the University community to join forces with other members of Centre County for a day to work on special projects throughout the area.

Another easy way for faculty and staff to participate in the campaign is through automatic payroll deductions. Enrollment forms will be distributed mid-semester for this donation.

Some of the 35 local organizations that are helped by United Way are the American Red Cross, Women's Wellness Center, Mid-State Literacy Council and many of the local branches of the YMCA.

For more information on how to get involved e-mail Barb Smith at