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Smith Honored With United Way Award

For several years, Smith College has mounted a strong show of support for the United Way of Hampshire County, consistently raising more than 10 percent of the community campaign’s fund total.

Last year, Smith broke its own record by raising more than $155,000 for United Way of Hampshire County, accounting for more than 14 percent of the county campaign total.

In honor of the college’s philanthropy and its service to and support of the local community, Smith was presented with the 2005 Spirit of the Community Award from the United Way of Hampshire County. The award is given annually to area corporate and institutional “citizens” in recognition of the collective support among their employees in contributing to the improvement and well-being of people in the community.

“Smith has been an outstanding financial supporter of the United Way Community Campaign year in and year out, and this past year not only met its goal but surpassed it,” said Lewis S. Stess, president of United Way of Hampshire County. “Additionally, Smith has provided to the United Way leadership volunteers that have taken on a variety of positions. Smith graciously hosted our first gala [in January 2005] and used that opportunity to welcome the community to its newest building on campus.”

After this year, the Spirit of the Community Award will be passed physically from institution to institution as the respective winners are named, says Stess. The award, which was designed by glass artist Edward Kachurik, was presented to Smith College on May 6 as part of the community campaign’s celebration breakfast at Look Park. It is on display in the office of President Carol T. Christ.

The United Way of Hampshire County provides funds for 26 local agencies, supporting more than 60 programs that help children and families in numerous ways. Local organizations, such as the American Red Cross, the Amherst Survival Center, Jessie’s House, Children’s Aid and Family Service, Hilltown Community Health Centers, Safe Passage, Inc., and many more rely on United Way funding to assist hundreds of people in the area.

This fall, Smith College has again embarked on a campaign to provide a substantial collective contribution to the United Way Community Campaign with a goal of $155,000.

All employees recently received contribution forms in campus mail and are encouraged to make a donation to help others in the community. Even a $5 donation can make a big difference.

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