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Be a part of the Special Olympics 2010 Winter Games

UMass Medical School students, faculty and staff are encouraged to volunteer at the 2010 Winter Games, in support of the UMMS partnership with Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) and the goal to improve health care access and quality for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The SOMA Winter Games will take place in and around Worcester on Saturday, March 13, and Sunday, March 14.

Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Volunteer opportunities range from scorekeepers and timers, to first aid and cheering on the athletes (many do not have families at the events). Volunteers should plan to participate for a minimum of four hours. Volunteers ages 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

New this year, UMMS volunteers will have the option of participating at the Bancroft School basketball event, which will be fully staffed by UMMS colleagues, or volunteering at any event and location. Act fast! When these opportunities fill up they are removed from the SOMA’s Web site.

To register as a volunteer, complete the online form at the SOMA Web site: www.specialolympicsma.org/volunteer/winter/registrationform.asp

Largest amount ever contributed to 2009 COMECC campaign

UMass Medical School employees have once again demonstrated their compassion for the most vulnerable members of our local, state and national communities by giving generously to the 2009 Commonwealth of Massachusetts Employees Charitable Campaign (COMECC).

The outstanding results of the 2009 campaign speak for themselves: $364,000—the largest amount ever—was contributed as of Jan. 11, with 42 percent of employees participating. Twenty-eight departments had participation rates of 80 percent or more, which was an increase from last year.

Regardless of your personal circumstances from year to year, your generosity can always be counted on. To those who were able to donate, your participation in COMECC means that lives will change.