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NMSU goes online to support United Way

New Mexico State University employees can pledge financial support to the United Way via the Internet this year. Tom Dormody, head of NMSU's agricultural and extension education department, expects to be the first to do so, when the university's United Way campaign kicks off Sept. 23.

Dormody, who is chairing the NMSU fund drive this year, said the Internet-based pledge option is available to those who want to use the payroll deduction method of supporting the United Way of Southwest New Mexico. It's an effort to make it easier for university employees to support the 23 local agencies under the United Way umbrella, he said.

The NMSU campaign will kick off at 2 p.m. Sept. 23 in the Dona Ana Room of the Corbett Center Student Union. Among the scheduled speakers are NMSU President William Conroy, Sandy Davenport, executive director of the United Way of Southwest New Mexico, and special guests who have been supported by the United Way. The event will include an orientation session for campus coordinators.

The university's fund-raising goal this year is $52,000 -- higher than ever before and about $3,000 more than the university raised for the United Way last year. NMSU is the top contributor to the United Way of Southwest New Mexico.

"Many southwestern New Mexico and Las Cruces agencies benefit throughout the year from our United Way contributions, from the American Red Cross to the Community Action Food Bank to Goodwill Industries," Dormody said. "It is important for those of us in the university community to reach out and make a significant contribution to improve our greater community."

Besides the online pledge option, NMSU employees can make a payroll deduction pledge by telephone, by calling the NMSU United Way Hotline at 646-3293. Or they can complete a personalized pledge form provided by one of the campus coordinators.