The University of Toledo is holding its annual Community Charitable Campaign from Nov. 1 until Dec. 22 with the goal of reaching $125,000.
As of press time, the campaign has reached over $32,000, according to Michele Soliz, assistant vice president of student success and inclusion and the UTC3 chair for the year.
The purpose behind this campaign is to raise funds for four federations – United Way of Greater Toledo, Earthshare Ohio, Northwest Ohio Community Shares and Community Health Charities. These four organizations represent the more than 200 nonprofit organizations that run throughout the community.
“All of the money donated to UTC3 goes directly to the community agencies,” Soliz said. “The university does not receive any of the funding. Also, faculty and staff can donate to the agencies of their choice.”
The first federation fair was held Nov. 6 in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium.
“We were excited to host 20 different agencies who spoke to more than 100 faculty and staff members,” Soliz said.
According to Soliz, there were many diverse agencies who attended the fair, including the Black Swamp Conservancy and the Mountain Mentors, who are known for taking at-risk youth on camping trips.
“Many people commented that they did not realize how many different agencies and community issues there were to which to donate,” Soliz said.
Soliz said she thinks that the fair was a huge success and is looking forward to the next agency fair, which will be an ice cream social and will take place Nov. 21 at the Four Seasons Bistro on the Health Science Campus.