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Dear Colleagues,

Compassion … Paying it forward … Helping the less fortunate in their time of need.

These are the themes you will see illustrated on United Way posters throughout campus this year. The posters highlight our RIT colleagues who are making a difference in their communities.

The Greater Rochester community and RIT have a rich history supporting the United Way — dating back 100 years to the early vision and contributions of George Eastman.   To me, it’s important to make a charitable investment in assisting those neighbors, friends, and family members who need our support.

Greater Rochester is a friendly, caring community and a supportive place to live, work and ultimately prosper. Yet we all have struggles in life, and you never know when you will need assistance.  This year, we have set a goal to raise $400,000 from the RIT community. We can get there with a high participation rate. I encourage all of you to help lead the way for a successful campaign and emphasize the importance of participation in your respective areas.  Thank you all for your participation in past campaigns. RIT has raised more than $2.1 million in the past six years for the Rochester community.

At RIT, we are preparing our students to be engaged citizens of the world by finding meaningful ways to make a difference. It starts at home. Let’s lead by example on our campus.  RIT prides itself on bringing goodness to the world. We can start here. Please join me in supporting the United Way. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

David Munson