University earns United Way recognition

<p>ASU&#39;s long record of giving to the Valley of the Sun United Way (VSUW) has not gone unnoticed.</p><separator></separator><p>At the recent VSUW campaign recognition luncheon, the organization presented ASU with its Sustaining Supporter Award, given to an organization that provides consistent long-term revenue to the VSUW campaign.</p><separator></separator><p>This is the first time ASU has won the Sustaining Supporter Award. Last year&#39;s recipient was the Phelps Dodge Corp.</p><separator></separator><p>“We have increased our campaign contributions by an average of 12 percent over each of the last five years,” says Wilma Mathews, ASU&#39;s United Way campaign chair. “In the 2006 campaign, more than 79 percent of our donations were invested in ‘Results That Matter.&#39; In the size category of 7,500 to 9,999 employees, ASU is in the top seven campaigns with our overall total of $715,917, and in the ‘Top 5 Leadership Giving Campaign&#39; category with $217,614 leadership total dollars raised.”</p><separator></separator><p>Additionally, ASU was noted for being in the top 15 “Tocqueville Campaigns,” with 8 Tocqueville members contributing $82,500.</p><separator></separator><p>Mernoy Harrison, ASU vice president and executive vice provost, accepted the award for the university.</p><separator></separator><p>“Congratulations to all of you who worked so hard and creatively in the 2006 ASU campaign,” Mathews says.</p><separator></separator><p>So how is ASU&#39;s money being spent?</p><separator></separator><p>ASU&#39;s contribution of $715,971 to the 2006 Valley of the Sun United Way campaign has enabled agencies to offer numerous services to those who need them, including:</p><separator></separator><p>• 2,215 hours of independent living skills training for newly disabled individuals.</p><separator></separator><p>• Visual and performing arts mentor program for 1,307 abused children.</p><separator></separator><p>• 272 nights in safe emergency beds for abused and neglected children.</p><separator></separator><p>• Literacy education programs for 390 adults.</p><separator></separator><p>• Emergency disaster assistance to 458 families.</p><separator></separator><p>• 3,741 hours of in-home assistance for adults and seniors with physical disabilities.</p><separator></separator><p>For more information about Valley of the Sun United Way and its member agencies, visit the Web site <a href=""></a>.</p&gt;