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YNHH annual United Way campaign starts Oct. 1

Yale New Haven Hospital is gearing up for the 2018 United Way campaign, which kicked off with an appeal to employees from President Richard D’Aquila and officially begins Oct. 1.

Campaign chairpersons Kathleen Bruenn, manager, Laboratory Medicine, and Lynda Pasquarella, administrative assistant, Human Resources Administration, have been working with team captains to plan the campaign. The United Way of Greater New Haven supports local service agencies that work to ensure that children are educated and families are stable and secure. YNHH has been a longtime supporter.

“The theme of this year’s campaign, ‘every dollar makes a difference’ is an effort to remind employees that no donation is too small and each dollar counts toward helping the community,” said Michael Holmes, senior vice president, YNHH, and administrative chairman of the YNHH campaign.

United Way contributions are distributed to its member agencies which, in turn, fund programs throughout the 12-town Greater New Haven region. Last year, YNHH employees contributed more than $201,000 through the hospital’s campaign, which helped United Way community partners create strong parent-child relationships and high-quality infant and toddler care; expand access to healthy food; house chronically homeless people; help prepare taxes for low-income families free of charge; and other initiatives.

“Employees’ generous contributions over the years are strengthening our communities,” Holmes said. “We encourage everyone to strongly consider donating to the United Way this year.”

Employees may contribute via Employee Self Service, by pledging a donation through payroll deduction or making a one-time donation. Pledges remain the same for current donors who do not make any changes.

The deadline to contribute is Dec. 31, 2017. Payroll deductions begin in January 2018.