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About the United Way Campaign

Johns Hopkins Medicine values faculty, staff and students’ contributions to programs and organizations that benefit the community. In fact, our five-year strategic plan notes community engagement as part of our people priority. One major initiative that empowers employees to give back is our annual United Way campaign. Every fall, Johns Hopkins Medicine raises funds and awareness about important issues in our own backyard: central Maryland and the D.C. capital region.

The 2013 campaign begins on Monday, October 14, and continues through Friday, November 1. Even though the campaign officially ended on November 1, you can still make a donation through Tuesday, December 31.

Last year, through the generous support of our faculty, staff and students, Johns Hopkins Medicine exceeded its goal. This year’s goal is $1,725,912, and we hope to exceed it yet again. We are confident that we can make even more of a difference. Keep reading to learn more about this year’s campaign and how you can help change the lives of others.

2013 Campaign Theme: "Changing the Odds for Families Facing Poverty"

What do you picture when you hear the word homelessness? You may picture a man or a woman standing on the street begging for money. Or you may think of someone who has had a difficult life challenged by drug abuse or mental illness. Statistics show that families are one of the most rapidly growing homeless groups. In fact, in the past five years, the homeless student population has more than doubled.

In central Maryland, the cost of housing can be an enormous barrier for many families, considering that a person earning minimum wage would have to work more than three full-time jobs to afford a two-bedroom apartment. United Way has committed to a three-pronged approach that emphasizes homelessness prevention, housing assistance and financial education to help these groups become self-sufficient. To learn more about homelessness in central Maryland and the United Way’s solution, visit  

You Have the Power to Choose

Although the campaign focuses on changing the odds for families facing poverty through the United Way, you choose where your dollars go. You can donate to the United Way general fund, select a specific initiative (such as the Family Stability Initiative or the Johns Hopkins Neighborhood Fund), or choose a 501(c)(3) health and human services organization of your choice. You can even choose a combination of these options.

Thank you for helping the many families and communities who are in desperate need of assistance. United Way needs your continued support in making a difference. Live "United" and help Johns Hopkins Medicine reach its 2013 campaign goal of $1.7 million.



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