Auburn University launches United Way campaign with goal of $140,000

Published: September 12, 2023

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During the coming weeks, you will hear from our university leadership about the importance of this campaign, and you will be contacted by one of our 30 campus coordinators to learn more about our campaign so that you may consider making a pledge.

As Lee County’s largest employer, Auburn University and its faculty and staff have the potential once again to be the top contributor to the United Way of Lee County campaign.

Through your combined efforts, Auburn’s United Way Campaign supports the United Way of Lee County that provides funding for 20 local agencies that are committed to identifying and addressing the most pressing needs of our community.

One of these agencies is Project Uplift, a truly amazing program that is making a difference by helping children develop constructive, happy lives so that the delinquency rate in our community will decrease.

Project Uplift is located on the Auburn campus and is one of 25 agencies supported by the United Way of Lee County with additional support from the Cities of Opelika and Auburn. The Department of Human Development and Family Studies, in the College of Human Sciences at Auburn, provides in-kind services and office space to the volunteer program that engage university students that develop mentoring relationships to help enhance life outcomes of the youth in our community.

Due to broad community support, Project Uplift offers volunteer services to Lee County children at no cost to their families. For nearly 50 years, almost 9,300 volunteers and children have participated in our program with almost 600 people currently in the program.

By making a pledge to the Auburn University United Way campaign, you will help support key initiatives like Project Uplift that create a healthy community by focusing on key impact areas: education, strengthening families and community, fostering health and independence and providing a safety net of services during crises.

Helping your neighbor is reflected in a portion of George Petrie’s "The Auburn Creed," when he encapsulated the college's spirit.

“I believe in the human touch, which cultivates sympathy with my fellow men and mutual helpfulness and brings happiness for all.”

To make a pledge, you may complete and return a pledge card provided by your coordinator our visit the United Way of Lee County site to Give where you Live.

It is important that we reach our goal of $140,000 so that United Way may continue to serve our community and help improve the quality of life for those who call Lee County home.