Nov. 6 marked the launch of the MGH's annual United Way campaign, which will run through Nov. 21. This year's campaign, features the theme, "Now More Than Ever" to remind the MGH community that during these challenging economic times, an increasing number of people are relying on the programs and services supported by the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley. Every single donation – large or small – can help make a difference.
The United Way committee – led by co-chairs Andrea Beloff, senior administrative director of Radiation Oncology, and Gregg Meyer, MD, senior vice president for the Center for Quality and Safety – has planned a number of new and exciting features for the campaign, including: Rolling rallies: To help promote the campaign, a rolling rally cart will travel throughout the MGH. Staff members will hand out treats and pledge information from the cart.
United Way pins: All MGHers who make a donation can receive an "I Gave to the United Way 2008" pin, which are available at the Employee Access Center on Bulfinch 107. Pins also will be distributed from the rolling rally cart. MGHers spotted wearing their pin may be eligible to win on-the-spot instant prizes.
United Way treats: MGH food service locations are offering three delicious items – autumn apricot bars, chocolate mocha whoopie pies and apple crostatas – with proceeds supporting the United Way. Eligible items are marked with a United Way sticker.
As a thank-you to employees for their generosity, the MGH will host weekly raffle drawings with dozens of great prizes, including a Liberty Hotel stay, an LG 50-inch HDTV and a New England Patriots prize package for four with a pre-game tailgate party and Russo Limousine transportation to and from the Dec. 21 game. Employees should note that the earlier in the campaign they make their donation, the greater the chance they have to win one of these or other prizes.
For more information about the campaign or to make a donation online, visit www.massgeneral.org/unitedway. Donation drop boxes and pledge forms also are located throughout the hospital.
NOW MORE THAN EVER: MGH President Peter L. Slavin, MD, shows his support for this year's MGH United Way campaign.