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West Virginia University raises more than $265,000 through its annual United Way campaign

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The West Virginia University community raised more than $265,000 through its annual United Way campaign.

Since 2007, the University has given the United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties nearly $1.8 million. WVU has raised more than $250,000 each year for the campaign.

.The University celebrated the campaign's achievements on Dec. 4 at Touchdown Terrace in Milan Puskar Stadium.

In total, 850 University employees and retirees donated to the United Way campaign.

Through the help of 120 volunteers, WVU had a record number of fundraisers throughout campus this year hosted by different departments. Administration and Finance hosted five fundraisers and Health Sciences volunteers raised $1,000 with a basket raffle.

WVU students helped raise more than $10,000 for the campaign through efforts like the sixth-annual Gold Rush T-shirt sale for the Mountaineers' football game vs. Oklahoma State.

Pledge forms are still being accepted and can be dropped off or mailed to the Center for Service and Learning at 359 Stansbury Hall, PO Box 6412. Forms can be downloaded at http://unitedway.wvu.edu/pledge_card.

WVU's United Way campaign began in 1982 and has been conducted each year since. This year's theme was "One United Way to Give."

All contributions for WVU's United Way campaign stay local, as the money raised helps support 52 unique programs in 30 partnering agencies. The staffs and volunteers of those agencies work to address issues associated with lower incomes, illness, illiteracy, domestic violence, homelessness and affordable childcare in Monongalia and Preston Counties. The agencies, however, rely heavily on additional funding.