El Paso Community College faculty and staff teamed up last month with the United Way to “Show that EPCC has a heart” and raise nearly $11,990 for local charities and causes.
The drive is held every February to reflect the theme of love already associated due in part to its most popular holiday, Valentine’s Day.
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“El Paso Community College has been donating to United Way for more than a decade,” EPCC Marketing Specialist, James Heiney, said.
Heiney also stated that the drive was exclusively for EPCC faculty and staff who were encouraged to give through payroll deduction.
“We’re just looking for faculty and staff because we know the students are really crunched for money.”
However, that doesn’t mean EPCC students can’t get involved with the United Way, which ensures all donations remain 100% local and have been in The Borderland since 1923.
“Part of United Way’s mission is not only to support our local agencies and do our initiatives, its also about engaging individuals and being able to not only give treasure but also time,” United Way Director of Marketing and Communications, Elizabeth Gamez, said.
She continued to describe how students can volunteer their time by visiting www.volunteerelpaso.org where they can create a personal profile which will match them to their ideal cause or charity.
Both she and Heiney strongly encourage students to volunteer their time to a cause within the United Way.
The United Way works by collecting funds into a “Community Impact Fund” which is then dispersed into 25 local causes, such as The American Red Cross, The Alzheimers’ Association West Texas Chapter, Family Services of El Paso and the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank.
In addition, they also form lasting partnerships with businesses and institutions, such as EPCC, to help benefit the community.
“It’s been a really great partnership to be able to have the support of just a wonderful college that is already making a difference in the lives of students and is going and taking another step to help family and children in our community,” Gamez said.
Perhaps the most well known supporter of the United Way is none other than our very own President, Dr. William Serrata, who served on their board of directors.
“By having him [Serrata] participate within our Board of Directors we were able to really make a greater impact and share our message more among the employees and students at El Paso Community College and so we’ve been able to raise a lot of money through them,” Gamez said.
Last year the February drive brought in an estimated $13,000 and the year prior raised $9,000. For more information about the United Way visit, www.unitedwayelpaso.org.