Friday, November 5, 2010

MGH United Way campaign launches Nov. 8

UPHOLDING A PROMISE: Washington, left, and Mort, co-chairs of the 2010 United

Organizations like the Boys and Girls Club of Boston, the Greater Boston Food Bank, Homes for Families, and Partners for Youth with Disabilities represent a range of services for those in need. They are able to provide these services because of funding raised by the United Way and its supporters, including MGH employees who donate each year through the MGH United Way campaign. 

In the spirit of giving back and the well-known phrase "When in distress every man becomes our neighbor," first written in the 1810 MGH circular letter, the theme of the MGH 2010 United Way campaign is "Upholding a 200-Year Promise to Our Neighbors." Elizabeth Mort, MD, vice president of the MGH/MGPO Center for Quality and Safety, and Deborah Washington, RN, PhD(c), director of the MGH Diversity Program for Patient Care Services, are co-chairs of the campaign which runs from Nov. 8 through 19.

"We're proud to be leading this year's campaign," says Mort. "The United Way is an incredibly deserving organization. It serves a wide range of local agencies, and its years of experience enable it to direct resources to where they are most needed and ensure that the funding is wisely used."

Adds Washington, "MGHers have a strong sense of how important it is to give back to the community.
The campaign offers a fun and easy way for us to join together to make a difference in the lives of others."

This year, the campaign aims to raise more than $500,000 and achieve a 10.5 percent participation rate among employees. MGHers can donate by completing an online pledge form at or by printing the pledge form from the website and submitting it at one of the drop boxes located across the hospital. Donations can be made via payroll deduction or as a one-time gift directed to a general area or specific agency.

While donating is the best way to support the campaign, MGHers also can help by purchasing MGH United Way food and drink items - apricot bars, whoopie pies and pumpkin-spice-flavored coffee - available at Nutrition and Food Services eateries during the next two weeks.

In addition, employees should be on the lookout for the campaign's "rolling rallies," during which United Way campaign committee members will travel throughout campus passing out pledge information, samples of apricot bars and "I Gave to the United Way 2010" pins to employees who have donated. Employees seen wearing the pins - which also are available for pick-up at the Employee Access Center in Bulfinch 107 - are eligible to win special spot prizes between Nov. 8 through 19. All employees who donate automatically will be entered to win one of several grand prizes, including tickets to New England Patriots games, items autographed by Patriots players, overnight stays at the Liberty Hotel or Holiday Inn, a 50-inch HD television and gift certificates to local restaurants, shops and other businesses.

For more information about the 2010 campaign or to donate, visit

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