United Way, Day Nine: Ruth's story

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VIDEO: See Ruth's story by clicking on the image above
United Way of the Midlands proudly funds 134 health and human service programs that help those in need across Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie counties.

The services provided by United Way of the Midlands partner agencies include: basic needs, employment, housing and income, health, mental health, safety, volunteers and disaster, senior recreation, sexual assault and domestic violence, youth mentoring and parent education, youth recreation, and youth resources.

The running total

As of 3 p.m. Monday, the UNMC community:

  • Donated $93,105.01, nearly 60 percent of the campaign goal of $156,000.
  • Had employee participation of 28 percent. Last year, there was 42 percent participation -- that should be an easy number to break. Remember, using the UNMC eServ website to choose not to donate counts as participation!

Today, we meet Ruth, who was helped by the Women's Center for Advancement, a United Way partner, as she and her 8-year-old son worked to break the bonds of poverty and leave an area homeless shelter for their own home.

How to contribute to the United Way:

  • Click on this link. (The link will take you to UNMC eServ page.)
  • Enter your UNMC username and password.
  • Click on the United Way link and participate today!


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Community strong

For the ninth straight year, UNMC employees can pledge online through an efficient, secure system now. Click on this UNMC eServ (formerly ESS) password. Paper pledge cards are available as well.

A "no-pledge" option is available online for employees who choose not to donate. If you're unable to contribute, you still are encouraged to access the website and submit the "no donation" response to be eligible for the prize drawings.

Employees can contribute to a host of United Way-supported area organizations or can contribute directly to the campaign, which helps support hundreds of health and human service programs across the Omaha-Council Bluffs-Bellevue area.

Pledge by 4 p.m Friday to be eligible for the first weekly prize drawing, which will be held each Friday during the campaign. Among the prizes available during this year's drawings are tickets to three Nebraska football games.