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UW and Albany County United Way Campaigns Exceed Goals

February 29, 2016

Donations from University of Wyoming employees helped the United Way of Albany County exceed its 2015 annual campaign goal, with 386 faculty and staff members giving a total of $121,002.

That is up from $111,810 from 361 employees the year before, topping the UW goal of $115,000 and boosting the countywide total past its goal of $440,000.

“UW employees contribute in so many ways to the local community, and this is a wonderful example of that commitment,” UW President Dick McGinity says. “I commend those who participated and encourage continued support for the United Way in years to come.”

The 2015 Albany County campaign was co-chaired by David Bagley, professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, and his wife, Catherine. David Bagley also co-chaired the UW campaign with Kim Zafft, associate director of the Wyoming Union.

"I am proud to be part of the UW community, and I want to thank my fellow employees for their generous support of the United Way campaign,” Bagley says. “By exceeding our campaign goal, we are helping the 16 member agencies of the Albany County United Way to provide key human services to those who need them the most, including countless numbers of university students, staff, faculty and their families."

“I’m thrilled that we reached our goal and increased the number of UW staff and faculty contributing to this campaign,” Zafft says. “It would not have been possible without the support and leadership of President McGinity. His office helped kick off our campaign by becoming a pacesetter for the entire county, and his personal support helped to take us over our goal."

The funding goes to the network of United Way agencies that aid local families, the elderly and many others in need, including students. The 16 agencies also provide internship and other learning experiences for students and professional development opportunities for faculty.

"We are indebted to the employees of the university, because their generosity allows the United Way to help so many people in need here in Albany County," says Paul Heimer, the agency's executive director.

For more information, contact Heimer at (307) 745-8643 or

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