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Anything is possible when we’re UNITED!

Believe that one single effort can make a difference!

Every gift changes someone’s world:

  • A safe place for a child to go after school
  • A ride for an elderly resident to a doctor’s appointment
  • Food and clothing for a family experiencing unexpected hardship

The RIT community knows what it takes to GIVE, ADVOCATE and VOLUNTEER to make change happen in our local community. As we embark on our 2014 United Way Campaign, we want to thank all RIT staff, faculty, students, retirees, Osher members and RIT Inn staff for your generous support in raising more than $404,000 last year.

The United Way of Greater Rochester brings people together to find solutions to community problems. Their process for fund allocation – the Blueprint for Change – provides funding for evidence-based programs with proven results and focuses on four key areas: Meeting Basic Needs, Giving Babies the Best Start, Preparing Kids for Success, and Supporting Seniors and Caregivers. To learn more about this approach for resource investment, visit .

The 2014 campaign will run from March 1 to April 4 with the Tiger Olympics and Prize Auction event on Thursday, March 6. For the first time, we are including an educational component to the kickoff by including an area for representatives from a variety of United Way agencies (both Community Fund programs and donor designated agencies) who will provide valuable information to our constituents and students about the services that they offer. 

Every gift changes someone’s world for the better!This year we are emphasizing increased participation of 1,300 donors as our main goal, and we’re confident that this goal can be reached with your support. It doesn’t take much to help a lot.  If you haven’t given before, $1 a week is a great way to start.If you already give, consider increasing your gift by $1 more per week.

The 2014 M&T Bank and Brighter Days Foundation Community Fund Challenge is a remarkable way to double the impact of your gift and to invest in our community to change lives. When you make a new donation to United Way’s Community Fund, M&T Bank and Brighter Days Foundation will match it, up to $175,000.

Please contact us with questions or for additional details about United Way or our RIT campaign.

Thank you for helping RIT to “LIVE UNITED” with United Way in making an impact in our community.

Char Ipacs
Steering Committee Chair 

Carol J. Reed
Steering Committee Vice Chair