The College of Community Health Sciences is leading this year’s United Way of West Alabama fundraising campaign for The University of Alabama.
UA has set a goal of raising $375,000, just a little more than last year’s goal, which was exceeded.
“This University is very special,” Sarah Patterson, former head coach for UA women’s gymnastics, told University employee volunteers assisting with the fundraising effort during a meeting at CCHS earlier this month. “If it weren’t for you, this campaign wouldn’t be successful.”
Patterson is heading the overall United Way of West Alabama fundraising campaign, which has set a goal of raising $3.8 million.
United Way of West Alabama covers nine counties and has 26 partner agencies, including Good Samaritan Clinic, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Phoenix House and Temporary Emergency Services.
Patterson said another of her goals is to make people more aware of the services provided by United Way’s partner agencies. “There are things about United Way agencies that if you let people know about, you can make a difference in their lives.”