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Published in CenterView on October 22, 2012

Cast your ‘vote’ for ummcares campaign for the community November 5-16

It’s that time again. Time to choose your favorite candidate for the national election and time to choose your favorite charities for the annual UMMCares campaign.

Yes, the day before the election the Medical Center will once again kick off its campaign for the community. A field of 13 “candidates” – unchanged from last year – has been assembled for your consideration.

This will be the fourth year of the campaign in its current format – focused entirely on community service organizations that in some way meet the needs of our citizens and make the Metro area a better place to live. A spring campaign raises support for the many worthy programs at the Medical Center.
 
UMMCares button 2012Leading the UMMCares ticket this year is committee chair Mary Mixon, assistant administrator of University Hospitals and someone who’s well-known for her commitment to serve others. Mixon has worked at UMMC for 33 years.

“The UMMCares Campaign gives each of us an opportunity to support our friends, neighbors and our community, especially those struggling with illness or lack of basic needs,” Mixon said.

“UMMC health-care providers, teachers and researchers together can make a difference in the lives of so many through our combined contributions. Please come together November 5th to November 16th and make that pledge to support our local agencies who help those in need.”
In this election, the real winners are the people who are served by the agencies. Gail Sweat, the executive director of the Mississippi Kidney Foundation, said every little bit helps get the job done for her clients. 

“The funds that we receive from the UMMC employees allow us to help dialysis patients with emergency needs, as well as provide free screenings for early detection of kidney disease,” Sweat said.


Groups slated to receive funds

the United Way
the American Heart Association
the American Cancer Society
the Mississippi Lung Association
the March of Dimes
the American Red Cross
Stewpot Community Services
the Mississippi Kidney Foundation
Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi
the Central Mississippi Sickle Cell Foundation
the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi
the Magnolia Speech School
Metropolitan YMCAs of Mississippi


As always, employees may designate the group(s) they support online, taking advantage of payroll deduction.

Employees can donate online at:  http://www.umc.edu/communitycampaign/.